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Which HD4890 to get for my XPS410?

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August 5, 2009 7:33:57 PM

Alrgiht so I'm doing a massive upgrade to my old XPS 410 (stock everything), want to get an HD4890 but not sure what brand/model to go with. Kinda of a hardware newbie so can't totally understand the differences on newegg.

I'm told I also need a new PSU, was reccommended this one:

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

Problem is, most of the HD4890 I see listed require a 6 pin and an 8 pin and this PSU only has 2 6 pins right?

Are there any good 500w PSUs that would work with my XPS410 that have 2 6 pins and an 8 pin?

Also... worried about bottlenecking. Will my stock 2 GB of RAM bottleneck the card? What should I get to replace/add on that will work on my MB?

thanks all

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August 5, 2009 8:03:18 PM

wrong psu. you need at least a 750 watts. as for the ati radeon HD 4890 any brand will do. just your preference.

which brand are you more comfy with???

I got the diamond version of the ati radeon HD 4870.

but remember this, you will need to match it with the same for a crossfire. they will not work with other brands. hence one card is a msi and the other is an asus. this will not work in a crossfire. both must be from the same manufacture.

August 5, 2009 9:40:47 PM

Well if I need a 750w PSU, can you guys recommend one that's compatible with my (stock) XPS 410 motherboard?

Only reason I asked about a PSU that has 2 6 pins and 1 8 pin is because a lot of the reviews on Newegg say that an item that has listed specs of 2 6 pins on newegg came with a 6 pin and an 8 pin so I just wanna be safe for both situations.
August 5, 2009 9:42:20 PM

Also again:

worried about bottlenecking. Will my stock 2 GB of RAM bottleneck the card? What should I get to replace/add on that will work on my MB?
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August 5, 2009 9:51:19 PM

Duesouth said:
wrong psu. you need at least a 750 watts. as for the ati radeon HD 4890 any brand will do. just your preference.

which brand are you more comfy with???

I got the diamond version of the ati radeon HD 4870.

but remember this, you will need to match it with the same for a crossfire. they will not work with other brands. hence one card is a msi and the other is an asus. this will not work in a crossfire. both must be from the same manufacture.


Are you kiding?

First of all he does not need 750w for a 4890. I have seen 4890's run on a Corsair HX520 with power to spare....

Second the XPS 410 has only 1 pci-e slot so x-fire is out of the question.... :pfff: 


a b U Graphics card
August 5, 2009 10:22:41 PM

noxnoctum said:
Also again:

worried about bottlenecking. Will my stock 2 GB of RAM bottleneck the card? What should I get to replace/add on that will work on my MB?

I'd be more worried about the cpu speed than the 2 gigs of memory.
August 5, 2009 10:57:38 PM

I think you are probably overshooting the system a bit with a 4890. I don't know which processor you got with yours...they range from 1.8 to 2.6 dual cores...but even a 2.6 would have a hard time driving a 4890 to its fullest. You should dial back to a 4870 (or a 4850 if your resolution is 16x10 or less), with the money you save buy 2gb more of 667 DDR2 ram to match what you already have...get the cheapest available...in fact you might be better off getting a 4gb 800mhz kit if the prices are similar. It has a 375W power supply which will drive a 4850, but would be pretty iffy with a 4870...but if you do upgrade you can take your pwer supply with you from build to build, so you should buy more power supply than you need now....That is only if you decide you need to upgrade, though.
August 5, 2009 11:23:17 PM

What processor would you reccommend if I decide to upgrade that as well (I'm basically doing a total system overhaul so I can play all the latest and greatest at max settings)
August 5, 2009 11:37:56 PM

We are almost to the point it would make more sense to build a new computer, because in order to get the full potential from a processor you would need to overclock it, and your motherboard won't allow that. I think you have a standard 775 socket on that...the best bargain for that is probably a E7500
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
What do you currently have?
If you have the 2.6 it probably wouldn't be worth the $100 upgrade. If you have the 1.8 or 2.0 it would be worth it. I would just do what I mentioned before with the 4850 and more ram, put the resolution at 16x10 or lower, and you'll have a pretty good gaming rig for a couple of years.
August 6, 2009 7:28:19 AM

I have a Intel Core 6400 2.13.

So is that processor compatible with my MB?
August 6, 2009 9:28:03 AM

yes, it should work
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2009 4:18:32 PM

This thread is wack.....Makes no sense at all..... :pfff: 

Removing flag....
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