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Need low power AGP graphics card recommendations

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February 2, 2010 3:43:28 AM

I need an AGP (8x) graphics card with HDMI support for 1920 x 1200 (24") display. The one caveat being that my computer has a maximum power output of 295.4W as posted on its PCU.

The current generation of cards that I've researched are mostly PCI-e and/or recommend a larger PSU than what I have. The cards recommended in the older posts similar to mine are either out of stock or leave me uncertain as to their max resolution or power needs.

I don't need the card for gaming, just sufficient for handling Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
a b U Graphics card
February 2, 2010 4:05:44 PM

I would have suggested those same two models--3450 and 4350.

If you could find a 4350 without ddr3 it might be cheaper.
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February 2, 2010 9:53:54 PM

I need to make a correction... it's DVI not HDMI that I need. I currently have an NVIDIA GeForce FX5200 that only supports a DVI resolution of 1600 x 1200.

I could not find the recommended power supply for the 3450 but the 4350 looks promising. It recommends 300W or greater and my PSU is just a few watts shy. Is this shortage critical for using the computer with graphic design/photo software? Or does design software use the same amount of or more resources than gaming?
a b U Graphics card
February 2, 2010 10:12:59 PM

If you are using CS4 it has some optimization for for graphics card support--however nearly all graphic design software is more CPU intensive than GPU.

It may be time to just consider a new computer, since I am guessing whatever you have with an AGP slot is getting old. You could get a very decent new system for around $500.
February 3, 2010 4:38:41 PM

If my only solution for making my current computer work with my 24" display involves the cost of a new graphics card + upgraded power supply, then yes, it would make more sense to simply buy a new system. I'd get Windows 7 in the process and save the additional expense of upgrading.

It's just a shame to toss out a 3.2 ghz machine that runs CS3 quite well. I know it doesn't necessarily need to go the landfill; I can always donate it or give it to a friend. I am just trying to eek a couple more years out of the sucker.
a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2010 5:54:45 PM

If you do consider it this is the best PSU deal ive seen recently --$39 OCZ 500w
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

If you are planning to build your next computer a good PSU like this one could be re-used.

A new PSU would let you upgrade to a more powerful AGP 4650, 3850 or 4670. The only problem is that these cards are more expensive than their PCIe x16 counterparts and wouldnt transfer to a new system...
February 4, 2010 3:06:01 AM

Is it a brand name computer? Dell, HP etc.

Do you know the brand or amperage of the PSU?
February 4, 2010 3:23:57 PM

The computer specs are:
-SONY VAIO PCV-RZ40CP
-3.2 GHZ Pentium 4
The PSU label list the following specs:
- DELTA ELECTRONICS
- Model: DPS-295AB A
- Output: 295.4 W Max
- Volts/Amps:
+5v / 28a +3.3v / 13a
+12v / 17a -12v / 0.2a
+5vsb / 1.8a +12vsb / 1.2a

+5v & +3.3v total output power can't exceed 165W
+12v & +12vsp total output power can't exceed 209w
February 5, 2010 2:33:23 AM

It should run either of those cards without problems. I've run a similar system with higher powered cards.

February 11, 2010 1:22:42 AM

Thanks DatmanII and deadlockedworld for the recommendations & info. I installed the 4350 earlier today. It fully supports my Dell 2405FPW display and everything seems to be working just fine.
February 11, 2010 1:36:18 AM

Your welcome. :sol: 
!