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August 13, 2009 9:41:26 PM

Hey guys

Im looking for a card within a 100$ price range.

My config is as follows :

CPU : Amd Athlon x2 7850
Motherboard :ASUS m3n78-em (Geforce 8300 chpiset)
Ram:2gb Kingston
Psu:A simple 400w(not a pro )

Im in a fix between choosing a Radeon HD4670 and Geforce 9600gt

Some say HD4670 is better ,im worried if it will conflict with my geforce chipset.

Please reacommend me a good card !!!



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August 13, 2009 10:08:19 PM

"The Radeon HD 4770 is nearly as fast as dual HD 4670s in CrossFire mode, and is much more energy efficient than the GeForce 9800 GT"

This is a quote from a tomhardware article.
The price of a 4770 is about $102. It's faster and reccomended my Tomshardware. It will not cause any conflicts with your chipset. They may be from competing companies but they simply do thier job.
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a b U Graphics card
August 13, 2009 10:45:26 PM

If you don't want to upgrade your power supply I'd recommend a low power or energy efficient 9600 GT or 9800 GT. Either one would trounce an HD 4670.

Not a mainstream brand, but it has an excellent fan that would be very quiet and effective. Doesn't need a power cable - gets all its juice from the PCI-E slot:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 14, 2009 12:08:32 AM

Right now ATI offers much better value, and you can get more performance for your money by buying ATI cards. The 4850 is currently the fastest card for under $100.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It is basically equivalent to a 9800gtx, but has much more power than a 9800gt
August 14, 2009 12:34:44 AM

Yes, definitely a 4850

I remember when they were over $200...seems like it was yesterday!
a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2009 12:47:16 AM

HD 4850 is a good buy, but he has a 400w generic power supply. Might/probably won't work out in the long run. If he can replace that it would be the logical choice. Otherwise, something low power like the 9600 GT, 9800 GT (energy efficient models for both) or HD 4670.
August 14, 2009 2:41:46 AM

The 4850 will work fine on a 400w PSU given his system configuration. I've upgraded many computers from HP, Gateway, and Dell that have 350w and 400w PSUs with 4850s, and the PSU has never been an issue. They really exaggerate the recommendations on most cards because they have to plan for the worst case scenario of the system and PSU they will be used with.
a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2009 3:12:19 AM

The 4850 would be an excellent buy but not earth-shattering... I suggested due to then fact that you get a game and free shipping..... It's a no brainer unless you plan on xfire in the future.......
August 14, 2009 3:48:05 AM

I got my HIS Iceq4 HD 4850 for $100 on a weekend when it was on sale in newegg.com.
August 14, 2009 7:06:43 AM

Thanks a lot guys


So I think I'll go for a Radeon !!!
a c 196 U Graphics card
August 14, 2009 4:00:19 PM

+1 @jeffredo. We're not sure that's a decent 400W PSU (such as the ones Dell uses), it may be an utterly cheap generic, that will smoke if attached to a 4850. Without knowing more about it, the safest choices would be the low power nVidia 9800GT he linked, or an ATI HD4670.
Virajk, can you post what is on the label of your PSU? Brand and model would be nice, but at the least there should also be a table listing its outputs.
a c 196 U Graphics card
August 14, 2009 4:05:33 PM

If the generic 400W PSU doesn't even have a PCIE power connector, then almost certainly its output won't be balanced for a modern system, with most of its load on +12V. You can use an adapter, but maybe not safely.
The HD4770, if you can find one, uses only a little more power than a 4670 even though it does need a PCIE power cable.
August 14, 2009 5:51:16 PM

Here's what is written on my P.S.U

Name :I-ball


AC input :230VAC 50/60Hz

DC output :
+3.3V -> 25A
+5V -> 32A
+12V -> 17A
+5VSB -> 2A
-12V -> 0.8A
COM -> RETURN
PS-ON -> REMOTE
PW-OK ->P.G.


August 14, 2009 9:19:57 PM

Definitely don't get a 4850 with only 17 amps on the 12V rail.
August 14, 2009 9:32:51 PM

dude if your powersupply can handle it bestbuy was selling bfg gtx 260 216 ver for 100$. If you can spend 120$ you can pick up a brand new ati 4870.

you can also find 4770 less than 100$
you can also find 9800gtx+ for 109$
you can also find a used gtx 260 for ~ 120$
August 14, 2009 10:24:40 PM

You won't be able to handle GTX 260 either, whether it is core 216 or not.
August 14, 2009 10:25:42 PM

whats a good amperage on the 12v rail? my PSU puts out 18 amps on each 12V rail and I run a 4850 without any issues....(550W rosewill PSU)
a b U Graphics card
August 14, 2009 10:30:54 PM

A good output on the 12V would be 80-90% of the total PSU capability. For a 400W, this would be around 26-30A. For a 550, this would be around 37-41.
August 14, 2009 11:27:07 PM

good amperage on 12v rail 26-30A, but the higher the better. Also depends if the power supply is single or multiple rail.
August 15, 2009 12:49:50 AM

how do you determine your requirements on a multiple rail PSU? I bought mine based on the newegg reviews, Im kinda dumb when it comes to PSU's
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