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July 28, 2009 11:54:32 PM

Hi,

I am thinking about updating my ATI radeon x300 series video card to a better gaming card. I want to stick with ATI brand because i dont want to worry about switching from ATI to Nividia which has caused problems for me in the passed. I am just looking for a great gaming card for my system, and if you could give me some suggestions it would be great. :) 

My Computer:

Dell Dimension 9100
Intel Pentium D 2.80 GHz
4 GB RAM
64 bit vista OS
500 watt Antec Earthwatts PSU
ATI radeon x300 series video card
Everything else that i havent said is Stock, so if you'd like to know heres the link for the Dimension 9100: http://compreviews.about.com/od/perfdesk/gr/Dimension91...
July 29, 2009 2:42:44 PM

thanks, any other cards that run great and dont crash in my system?
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July 29, 2009 2:54:33 PM

i will not prefer 4830 instead try for HD 4850 or HD 4770 both are better then HD 4830
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July 29, 2009 2:56:43 PM

You don't want to go any higher than a 4850. Don't even consider a 4830, it is far too expensive compared to a 4850 now a days (unless you find a really good deal, price/perforamnce nothing really beats a 4850 these days). As far as prices and some links go...

Consider these, in order of most powerful to least:

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

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

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 30, 2009 12:00:50 AM

yea ok thankyou, just want to make sure i get a card that works in my system
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a b U Graphics card
August 2, 2009 6:49:30 AM

The 4850 will work just fine and definitely should be your choice.
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August 2, 2009 6:10:32 PM

yeah that seems good but my case is horrible for air movement and has 1 fan. If the card generates a lot of heat it will shut down my computer. Does the 4850 do that?
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a c 182 U Graphics card
August 2, 2009 7:04:57 PM

I think the HD4850 is too much: Too much heat and too much cash and with a hot processor like the Pentium D in there, I think a HD4850 is just asking for thermal problems.
Look to the HD4670 or 4650 linked to by Deadalus685 or this if your case is slimline:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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August 2, 2009 10:29:21 PM

cool thanks :D 
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August 2, 2009 10:32:10 PM

Sena101 said:
yeah that seems good but my case is horrible for air movement and has 1 fan. If the card generates a lot of heat it will shut down my computer. Does the 4850 do that?

Your case should have 2 fans, 1 upper 120mm and 1 lower 92mm both intakes.
Taking care of the extra heat generated by a video card is actually pretty simple, add an exhaust fan, or two, to the case back.
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August 4, 2009 12:27:25 AM

delluser1 said:
Your case should have 2 fans, 1 upper 120mm and 1 lower 92mm both intakes.
Taking care of the extra heat generated by a video card is actually pretty simple, add an exhaust fan, or two, to the case back.

yea i cant add any internal fans its already cramp enough... the pentium D is hot processor and my last card keep overheating the inside of the computer.
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