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Best card for dell e521 ?

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June 27, 2009 1:16:21 PM

Iam looking for a new Graphics card for my dell e521.

I think the best I can get is a Radeon HD 4670

Right now I have a Ge Force 7900 GS - It uses 82 watts of power and the HD 4670 only uses 59 watts.


I do have a 4 pin molex connected to my Ge Force right now, but I hear the HD 4670 does not need one.


Is the 4670 really the best card i can use with my 305 watt power supply ?


If so should I get the 512 or 1 gig memory version ?


I have room for a double slot card in PC case.

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a b U Graphics card
June 27, 2009 1:28:35 PM

Xare_55 said:



I have room for a double slot card in PC case.

Only if you've done some modifications.
June 27, 2009 1:40:59 PM

delluser1 said:
Only if you've done some modifications.


opps, your right.

I just opened up my case to check and a 2 slot card wont fit.

The fan is directed twords the heat sink lol.

I thought it was the other way around. I have plenty of room below my card.

But none above it. Bummer.


I guess I need a single slot 4670 like this one :

512 memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
1 gig memory


The 2nd one is better yes ?
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a b U Graphics card
June 27, 2009 2:43:26 PM

It's not powerful enough to make use of 1 gig of Vram
a c 236 U Graphics card
June 27, 2009 2:45:58 PM

Xare_55 said:


Is the 4670 really the best card i can use with my 305 watt power supply ?



No, I have run the 9800GT and 9600GT on the 305w unit. Many people have. Since you have the adapter you should be all set to go.

You can also look into ATI 4830, 3870

Any of those cards are better then the 4670.
a b U Graphics card
June 27, 2009 2:55:38 PM

I wouldn't want to risk running a 9800GT or 4830 on a 305watt....and especially not the 4770
a c 236 U Graphics card
June 27, 2009 3:02:47 PM

Bluescreendeath said:
I wouldn't want to risk running a 9800GT or 4830 on a 305watt....and especially not the 4770


It has 18 or 19 amps, I forget which it s been some time. I ran the 9800GT with no issues and the CPU was a 89w AMD.

a c 236 U Graphics card
June 27, 2009 3:14:50 PM

what CPU do you have and what screen resolution do you play at?
June 27, 2009 3:19:56 PM

1152x864


AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core 4200+ @ 2.4


The power supply is 18 amps


4 gigs of RAM


1 hard drive

1 dvd burner ( i never use )
a c 236 U Graphics card
June 27, 2009 3:22:11 PM

get the 9600GT I linked, it will work well with your CPU and screen resolution
June 27, 2009 3:25:12 PM

ct1615 said:
get the 9600GT I linked, it will work well with your CPU and screen resolution


I could overclock the 4670 to about 800 Core...

Why are the 9600 GT better if the specs are slower ?
a c 236 U Graphics card
June 27, 2009 3:44:33 PM

ATI and Nvidia go about different ways in how their respective video cards work. So comparing stats from one to the another is the old "apples and oranges" routine. If you look at reviews the 9600GT actually competes against the 3870 in terms of performance. Often beating it in most games. Here's a chart from one of Tom's recent tests, the higher the score the better.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...

*you can select different tests to see for each benchmark

June 27, 2009 3:59:23 PM

ct1615 said:
ATI and Nvidia go about different ways in how their respective video cards work. So comparing stats from one to the another is the old "apples and oranges" routine. If you look at reviews the 9600GT actually competes against the 3870 in terms of performance. Often beating it in most games. Here's a chart from one of Tom's recent tests, the higher the score the better.

http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/gaming-graphics-char...

*you can select different tests to see for each benchmark



Ok I understand, thanks for that link.


Maybe I should get this 9600 GT: it says it runs at 40 % less power

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a c 236 U Graphics card
June 27, 2009 4:25:13 PM

yea the 9800GT looks good
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