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May 9, 2009 6:19:02 PM

NV EVGA GF9400GT PCIE 1GB DDR2 800mhz 128Bbit $ 66,02
NV EVGA GF9500GT PCIE 512MB DDR2 HDCP 2x DVI $ 72,81
NV XFX GF9500GT PCIE 512MB DDR2 low profile DVI HDCP $ 64,19

I'm in Peru and usually buy everything in Intcomex with a distributor account. The only video cards good enough to mention are listed above. Which can you recomend me?

I only play GTR2, rFactor, Live for Speed 2, Battlefields2 and maybe a couple more from same category.

I currently run:
Intel P4 2.8 800Mhz
2GB DDR2 667MHZ
Biostar P4M900 Micro 775

Which is my best option?

pd: I've been doing some research and came across the HD 4670, which sadly isn't offered in my country but read great comments and reviews about it. Is it worth it to buy it from the states, have it shipped with a friend who's travelling, or any other card for the games I play or the PC I currently run?? Is it worth it pay the extra money and wait the extra time (1 or 2 months)?
May 9, 2009 6:29:47 PM

It all really comes down to what Power Supply (PSU) you have.
The NV EVGA GF9500GT PCIE 512MB DDR2 HDCP 2x DVI $ 72,81 is the best card you have listed above, but you will need a good 350W or 400W power supply to run it. You can normally find out how many watts your psu has by reading the sticker on the side of it inside the case.
May 9, 2009 6:37:27 PM

Hammeh said:
It all really comes down to what Power Supply (PSU) you have.
The NV EVGA GF9500GT PCIE 512MB DDR2 HDCP 2x DVI $ 72,81 is the best card you have listed above, but you will need a good 350W or 400W power supply to run it. You can normally find out how many watts your psu has by reading the sticker on the side of it inside the case.


I have a Micronics model: 230W/530.
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May 9, 2009 6:41:49 PM

230W is not enough to run a decent card off. You might want to think about upgrading you PSU to a high quality 450W/550W model so that you have more power to run cards off.
May 9, 2009 6:52:08 PM

Hammeh said:
230W is not enough to run a decent card off. You might want to think about upgrading you PSU to a high quality 450W/550W model so that you have more power to run cards off.

Very helpful, Thanks.
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May 9, 2009 7:17:36 PM

Try these people:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/sectors/help/international.a...

The 4670 will be a huge step up from a 9500 but it will need a bit more power, 230W is really not enough to be safe.
As a guide and if the information can be found; look at the 12V output rather than Wattage, it is far more
importaint, about 400W with 30 Amps (or more) total 12V would be plenty.

Also be aware that importing goods can attract quite a lot of extra taxes and may involve some paperwork on behalf of your friend.

And yes, the 9500 is the best of those listed.

May 13, 2009 9:11:58 PM

After a few days of reviewing, I finally went to a distributor and bought this:

WinFast PX9500 GT(GDDR2, Fan Edition) 512MB $77
CoolMaster Extreme Power Plus 500W $61.50

Haven't tested them yet, but hope I can play GTR2 and rFactor with no problems in a nice video settings.

I run a P4 2.8Ghz 800Mhz 2GB DDR2 667Mhz.

The PSU is sufficient enough for this video card, but how do I read the current properly?

It reads:
+3.3V=22A
+5V=25A
+12V1=18A
+12V2=18A
-12V=0.5A
+5Vsb=2.5A

Total Amps for the 12V is 18A or 36A?

Thanks for any comments.
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