New Graphics Card


I have a Dell Dimension 9150 and am looking to upgrade my video card. I use my PC for gaming and multimedia applications. I would like to be able to play COD4 and Modern Warfare 2 when it comes out.

My PC specifications are:

Windows XP Media Centre Edition
Pentium D 2.9ghz CPU
2x 1gb RAM modules (533mhz)
2x 512mb RAM modules (533mhz)
Dell 375W PSU

Current Graphics Card- ATI x300 hypermemory (completely rubbish!!!!!)

I have several USB devices running on the computer

I was thinking of either getting an ATI HD4670 or a NVidia GeForce 9600gt. I was also looking at the 9800gt however was unsure if my CPU would bottleneck. I have not upgraded my graphics card before and do not know if it has external power connectors.

I have four questions

1) Does my PC have external power connectors?
2) Will my computer be able to handle a 9800gt?
3) Is the HD 4670 better than the 9600gt?
4) What is the best card I could get?

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  1. 1) i look around for a while but i can't find info about your pc psu. can you check it yourself? just open the side panel and look for yourself.while at that check your psu wattage

    3) in term of performance : HD4650 < HD4670 = 9600GS0 < 9600GT
  2. 2) Yes your PSU can handle a 9800GT(Its dell!).
    Your PD will be a bottleneck though.

    3)9600GT is better than 4670.

    4)The best card would be a 9600Gt.
  3. Best answer
    @FinlayG for your questions,..
    1) +1 for renz496. You would have to check for yourself...
    2) Dell's PSU are underratted...Your PSU can even support HD 4850
    3) HD 4670 and 9600GT are similar in terms of performance...
    4) Depends more on the monitor resolution...
    If 1280X1024 - HD 4670/ 9600GT/ 9600GSO 512 DDR3 versions...
    I would say this is the best option...Cheap and good...
    ASUS EN9600GSO/DI/512MD3/V2 GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB GDDR3
    ($34.99 after $20.00 Mail-In Rebate Card )
    Free Shipping*
  4. +1 for the above 9600GSO.
    It performs between a 4670 and 9600GT and has a price you can not beet.
  5. Anything more powerful than a 4850 or 9800 GT would be a waste since your CPU is really, really s-s-l-l-o-w-w-w...
  6. Thanks for the help everyone. I think I will get a 9600GT. Should I get a 512mb or a 1GB?
  7. Unless the 1Gb version is cheaper, get the 512Mb one.
    Unless you are gaming at 1920x1200 or above, in which case you need a more powerful card, the extra 512Mb or RAM will never be used.
  8. FinlayG said:
    Thanks for the help everyone. I think I will get a 9600GT. Should I get a 512mb or a 1GB?

    get the one that you can afford ^_^
    the extra memory should help you in game that need more VRAM.

    i'm not really sure about this but people said 1GB VRAM for this card is a waste since it cannot utilize the extra VRAM well. therefore 512MB should be more cost-effective.
  9. Thanks everyone
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