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Trying to decide between hd4670 ddr2 or ddr3

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January 11, 2010 5:21:20 PM

Hello people, here's the thing. After doing a little research I decided to buy an Ati 4670 for my second PC to play LAN games, It has the following settings, intel e5200, 2GB DDR2 800MHz, 19inch LCD monitor. The thing is there are ddr2 and dd3 versions of the card, and 512m and 1g versions.. is it worth to pay 20$ more for 1g ddr3.. cause i need to buy a new PSU, ati support says i need a 400w and i have a 235w psu. Thanks in advance! i'll wait for your replies
January 11, 2010 5:30:19 PM

The GDDR3 version is faster, by a surprisingly large margin, so I would say it would be $20 well spent to get it.
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January 11, 2010 6:11:13 PM

jolurove said:
Hello people, here's the thing. After doing a little research I decided to buy an Ati 4670 for my second PC to play LAN games, It has the following settings, intel e5200, 2GB DDR2 800MHz, 19inch LCD monitor. The thing is there are ddr2 and dd3 versions of the card, and 512m and 1g versions.. is it worth to pay 20$ more for 1g ddr3.. cause i need to buy a new PSU, ati support says i need a 400w and i have a 235w psu. Thanks in advance! i'll wait for your replies


That psu is too weak for a 4670. You'll need to upgrade to at least a 350w psu.
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January 11, 2010 6:21:34 PM

thanks for replying! so yo say ddr3, and is it a difference in performance between 512 and 1g ddr3? because i read somewhere that the gpu isn't fast enough to handle all that ram, is that true? sorry for my ignorance but i'm kind of a newbie on this subject
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January 11, 2010 6:23:18 PM

regarding the psu, i was kinda thinking to try it with my 235w p.o.c. but i'll just follow your and amd advice and get a decent psu
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January 11, 2010 10:10:36 PM

Definitely GDDR3. However, if you do buy a new PSU do you still want to stay in the 4670 price range?--or move up since you would have the power?

A corsair 400cx ($39 after MIR) or Antec 380 earthwatts($38) would be good choices for your build. A 4670 really only needs about a 300w psu--so i would get the smallest quality brand one you can get. Quality brands include corsair, antec, seasonic, ocz. I have the 400cx and its great--completely quiet, cool, energy efficient etc.
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January 11, 2010 10:26:20 PM

DDR3 definitely but the the 1gb vs 512mb doesn't matter at all so only get one with more memory if the price is the same.
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January 11, 2010 11:07:33 PM

The memory amount doesn't matter at least as long as it's 512MB, type really matters, get (G)DDR3.
So get the cheapest (G)DDR3 card.
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January 12, 2010 8:52:04 AM

Thanks everybody, you've been very helpful!! I'm getting the ddr3 512M and a 350 corsair psu, it's gonna be about 120$... awesome :D 
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January 12, 2010 9:25:25 AM

Which PSU is that? I thought the 400CX is the lowest wattage PSU by Corsair.
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January 12, 2010 10:31:54 PM

Is that so? I thought I saw a 350W corsair at the store... Maybe I saw another brand and thought it was corsair.. It has happened to me before
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