Best card for dell e521 ?

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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  1. Xare_55 said:



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

    Only if you've done some modifications.
  2. 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=N82E16814102820

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102842
    1 gig memory


    The 2nd one is better yes ?
  3. It's not powerful enough to make use of 1 gig of Vram
  4. 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.
  5. I wouldn't want to risk running a 9800GT or 4830 on a 305watt....and especially not the 4770
  6. 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.
  7. the 4770's all look like 2 slot cards

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010380048%20106792627%201067947628&name=Radeon%20HD%204770


    Then there is this 4830 that runs at 110 watts

    But it does not look faster then the 4670

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150336


    This 3870 looks like it would fit and it runs at 105 watts

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102732R


    The core clock is at 800 but memory is slower then the 4670
  8. what CPU do you have and what screen resolution do you play at?
  9. 9600GT

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143134

    its not noisy, its OC, and it will fit in your case
  10. 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 )
  11. get the 9600GT I linked, it will work well with your CPU and screen resolution
  12. 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 ?
  13. 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-charts-2009/Sum-of-FPS-Benchmarks-1680x1050,1197.html

    *you can select different tests to see for each benchmark
  14. 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-charts-2009/Sum-of-FPS-Benchmarks-1680x1050,1197.html

    *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=N82E16814130485
  15. Ohh even better, check this one out !


    its a 9800GT /w 30% lower power usage, no 6 pin needed it looks like.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133279
  16. yea the 9800GT looks good
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