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Please evaluate my system

Hello everyone,

I've been reading the forums and various online and magazine articles about the current technology because I didn't have enough information even to ask a question, but now I feel I have a good grasp of what technology is doing and where it's going. Before I break down and build a system from scratch I was wondering if there was anything I could do to get more mileage out of my current system. I have read the sticky articles about upgrade parts and which parts to choose for a new build, but again I am hoping to wait a little while longer before starting over. I built my current system in 2007 and don't have too much trouble running current games or rendering video but I think I am hardware limited to a resolution of 1440x900 @ 75Hz due to my monitor so my GPU is probaby not taxed too much. The MOBO has PCIe ver 1.0 x16 though and it is not a SLi board as I have only one PCIe slot. I was thinking of buying a

SAPPHIRE 100277HDMI Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail from Newegg.com
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102853

I thought this would give me higher fps and maybe some aa/af ability as well.

System:

CPU: AMD 64 X2 +5600 2.9 GHz
MOBO: Asus M2N nForce 420 MCP Chipset
GPU: EVGA GeForce 8600GTS 256MB
Sound: Diamond Xtreme 5.1 Soundcard
OS: Win XP Home 32-bit
RAM: Corsair 2GB DDR2 PC-800
HDD: WD 250GB 7200 rpm
ODD: Samsung CD/DVD-ROM/RW
PSU: Antec EA 430w
Monitor: Hanns G JW199D 19" widescreen LCD DVI only
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  1. Sapphires web site says that 4850 needs one 6pin PCIE power cable. Does that PSU have any?

    If not you may need adapters or a newer PSU.
  2. Best answer
    The 4770 and 4850 perform similarly, a 4850 is slightly stronger but also needs a bit more power, your power supply will handle either easily and both will handle your resolution just fine, you wont be able to set AA/AF high with them but they will play with all of the detail settings on high easily.
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