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April 18, 2009 6:37:30 PM

I currently have a ati radeon 2600 hd. It runs all my games maxed(except call of duty waw). But I also use it as a media center computer with a 40" samsung hdtv. It seems there is a glitch with video playback and some red and orange colors look really warped. I hate the distortion. So I was thinking of upgrading to a evga 250 gts. Will I see much of a performance improvement?
Also I was confused about my power supply. It has on pcie 6pin connecter(I think thats all the evga 250 takes). But its only 350w. Bellow recommendation but it seems like it will work. It has to 12v rails at 18amp. Will this suffice?
Thanks for all the help!

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April 18, 2009 6:44:17 PM

A GTS 250 would be a decent upgrade, but I would wait until the HD 4770 comes out before making any decisions.

I'm not an ATI fanboy, but it's hard to imagine that the arrival of this card will do anything bad for the consumer...

http://www.fudzilla.com/index.php?option=com_content&ta...



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April 18, 2009 6:56:25 PM

AFAIK the Radeons have better HD and normal resoloution playback quality so might be better for your needs so I`ll say the HD 4850 would be a better choice.
I would strongly advise against using your existing PSU though, even more so if it`s a unbranded or cheap unit, they often do n`t deliver the power they claim and, more importaintly, lack protection and can destroy a whole system if overloaded.
Look to 500W from a good supplier such as Corsair, OCZ, Pc Power and Cooling or Antec.
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April 19, 2009 3:17:45 AM

Meh, an HD 4670 would be a huge step-up from what you run, now, and would probably be plenty for awhile. And it would run on your current PSU.
April 19, 2009 3:53:14 AM

No man. Go with a 500w or higher.
April 19, 2009 9:02:23 AM

Dekasav said:
Meh, an HD 4670 would be a huge step-up from what you run, now, and would probably be plenty for awhile. And it would run on your current PSU.


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April 19, 2009 4:39:36 PM

I agree that you should wait for the 4770. Also, are you sure this glitch is due to the video card?
April 20, 2009 3:41:22 AM

I Can't see the glitch being anything but the video card. What else would it be? And I'm not impressed by any radeon cards. I think I may just buy
and and call it a day. I really don't want to buy a new psu but I'm hooked on the 250 gts and it seems apperent that it will not run on my current one. What else can I do. Thanks for all the advise everyone. If you still have more input, through it out there.
April 20, 2009 4:56:18 AM

http://www.madshrimps.be/vbulletin/f22/ati-radeon-hd-47...

Check this link out...it would be worth it to wait and see the 4770 as it should be a pretty good card...overclocking will boost its performance

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/gigabyte_9800gt...

Considering your 250 gts is just a rebadged 9800gtx and the 9800 gt overclocked is a nice rival to the 9800gtx and the 4770 is supposed to rival the 9800gt and you can overclock the 4770...you get the picture? the 4770 overclocked benchmarks are something you should wait on...weather or not the card is something you would want it may bump down the prices of other cards making the wait somewhat worth it...

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/gigabyte_9800gt...

Notice the 9800gt oc'd gets damned close and pretty much rolls right along with that gtx right...



Now onto your psu troubles...

http://www.bjorn3d.com/forum/showthread.php?t=29328

Unfortunately due to your amps it most likely wouldn't work...another user i found tried and couldn't run it stably on 18 amps...

The new psu you linked to has a review of it running on a gts 250 so it will obviously run it....but your system may pull more then his etc...so list your system :sarcastic: 

Quote:

Pros: -Cheap, runs cool, stays quiet
-80 PLUS
-Corsair Quality

This PSU replaced an old 300w Bestec PSU from an HP machine. It was swapped along with the rest of my PC into a CM 590. It stays cool even under load and has a whopping 30A on the 12v. For those of you who don't realize how good this is, It is a 400w PSU offering 360w of pure 12v power, stable enough to power a lot more than you would think.

Cons: For the price/quality, there can be no con's with this PSU. Good job Corsair!

Other Thoughts: Powering:

Athlon X2 5200+
EVGA GTS 250 512mb
2x2GB G.Skill DDR2
ASUS M2N68 mobo
1 HDD, 1 COMBO

April 21, 2009 1:59:06 AM

Wow, thanks for the great response. My systems consists of
Q6600 quad at 2.4
1 500 gb hd
2 dvd burners
3 usb devices
and of course
1 radeon 2600 hd
350w lite on psu 12v = 18amps
April 21, 2009 2:15:07 AM

mobiusrm said:
Wow, thanks for the great response. My systems consists of
Q6600 quad at 2.4
1 500 gb hd
2 dvd burners
3 usb devices
and of course
1 radeon 2600 hd
350w lite on psu 12v = 18amps

You can get a new power supply to take on an even better card then the 4670 or the 4770 for around 60$ shipped to your door step....what resolution is your 40"?
April 21, 2009 4:15:50 AM

The resolution on the 40" is 1920x1080 and my 22" monitor is 1680x1050. Does anyone think the distortion is not caused by the gpu? If so, what do you think it is? Thanks again.
April 21, 2009 4:20:36 AM

To really game at those resolutions you should upgrade your psu and look at a 4870/gtx 260 or 4890/gtx275...
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