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Please help me confirm which Graphic Card upgrade would be optimal

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March 20, 2010 5:37:59 PM

Greetings everyone!

Can someone confirm the upgrades I am looking to do are going to work? If my upgrade path is NOT going to work, could anyone then provide me a few updrade suggestions that might be better for my system. I hope to migrate to a newer system next year, so this is just to upgrade what I have now.

Main utilization is multimedia & lite - medium level gaming (providing my upgrades will allow)

Upgrades

1.) Upgrade PSU to either COOLER MASTER Silent Pro 600 RS-600 ( 80 PLUS Certified) or CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W
2.) Add either XFX PVT95GZAFG GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0 or SAPPHIRE 100295HDMI Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16

XFX Board:

SAPPHIRE:


The XFX card comes in at $64.99 w/1GB and the Sapphire is prices out at $69.00 w/512MB (slightly faster memory it seems)


Current System: Compaq Presario SR1950NX w/64 Processor (OS Windows XP w/SP2)


- AMD Athlon 64 3800+ 2.4GHz utilizing 939 Socket
- 2 GB RAM
- Integrated nVidia GeForce LE Graphics
- 3 PCI slots (2 open)
- PCI Express x16

- Display is Microtek 815C Black 18" LCD Monitor (1280 x 1024 native) (may upgrade display later this year)

I would greatly appreciate it if anyone can tell me I am on track or not before I spend any money on this. $200 +/- $20 is my budget right now.

Thanks much.


Michael
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March 20, 2010 5:40:17 PM

What's your current PSU? HD5670's run very low power, you might not need a new PSU.
Also, at $250, you can get a new mobo, HD5670, and an athlon II with 2Gb of RAM.
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March 20, 2010 5:40:37 PM

well with that old system i would pop in a 4670 or 5670 and call it a day :)  they does not use much power so your current PSU should be able to handle them, btw how many watts is your current PSU?
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March 20, 2010 5:51:09 PM

Thank you for the quick replies, not surf the Rails voltage, etc, but I think that my main PSU is just 300w. Reading some PSU threads (here & others) almost everyone indicated a modest PSU upgrade would be in order.

I forgot to ask this in my original post, but some threads inferred that upgrading to a nVidia card might be easier due to the integrated nVidia on my PC now. Any truth to this?
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March 20, 2010 5:51:42 PM

sure of* (sorry)
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March 20, 2010 5:52:00 PM

sure of* (sorry)
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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 6:01:40 PM

No, nVidia integrated GPUs have no effect on ATI graphics cards.

As for your PSU, 300Watts is enough, however, do the following.
1. Open your case.
2. Find your PSU
3. Read the sticker.
4. Find +12v @ xxA.
5. Report back.
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March 20, 2010 6:06:25 PM

shadow187 said:
What's your current PSU? HD5670's run very low power, you might not need a new PSU.
Also, at $250, you can get a new mobo, HD5670, and an athlon II with 2Gb of RAM.


Shadow187:

Thank you greatly for your quick reply, not sure of the Rails voltage, etc, but I think that my main PSU is just 300w. Reading some PSU threads (here & others) almost everyone indicated a modest PSU upgrade would be in order.

I forgot to ask this in my original post, but some threads inferred that upgrading to a nVidia card might be easier due to the integrated nVidia on my PC now. Any truth to this?

Also, right now my total budget is maybe $200-$215, so if I did do a Motherboard upgrade, no new card for a while. :( 
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March 20, 2010 6:06:28 PM

shadow187 said:
What's your current PSU? HD5670's run very low power, you might not need a new PSU.
Also, at $250, you can get a new mobo, HD5670, and an athlon II with 2Gb of RAM.


Shadow187:

Thank you greatly for your quick reply, not sure of the Rails voltage, etc, but I think that my main PSU is just 300w. Reading some PSU threads (here & others) almost everyone indicated a modest PSU upgrade would be in order.

I forgot to ask this in my original post, but some threads inferred that upgrading to a nVidia card might be easier due to the integrated nVidia on my PC now. Any truth to this?

Also, right now my total budget is maybe $200-$215, so if I did do a Motherboard upgrade, no new card for a while. :( 
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a c 130 U Graphics card
March 20, 2010 6:11:51 PM

You only need to post once, :) .

Just get an HD5770 and a Corsair 450Watt. You'll be slightly bottlenecked, but you'll have a great card when you do upgrade.
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March 20, 2010 7:19:27 PM

shadow, isnt the 5770 too much for his old dual core? :s

bro, if its between 9500 GT and 4670, get the 4670 - i have one, its ALOT better than the 9500 GT.
but i advise a 5670.

gd luck.
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March 20, 2010 7:25:39 PM

Shadow187

Ok, I did find the information that you requested re: PSU

PSU is HIPRO 300w Max Output

DC Output:

+5v - /25A +12v - /19A
+3.3 - / 18A -12v-1
+5vsb - 2A


+5v & 3.3v Shall Not Exceed 175w
+5v & 12v Shall Not Exceed 268w


(I had gathered this info, before seeing your last post. Not sure if this new information about my PSU will change your last suggestion(s) to me or not)

Thanks again for your quick replies & suggestions. I will adjust my upgrade path to whatever you think might best for me at this time.


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March 20, 2010 7:58:29 PM

seerwan said:
shadow, isnt the 5770 too much for his old dual core? :s

bro, if its between 9500 GT and 4670, get the 4670 - i have one, its ALOT better than the 9500 GT.
but i advise a 5670.

gd luck.




Seerwan:

Hey, thanks for your reply. Well, I have the AMD Athon 3800+ (939) Socket, is this the same equivalent as the dual core you referenced? I was planning on taking the very last suggestion that Shadow187 supplied which was to upgrade to the HD5770 card and a Corsair 450Watt power supply.

Does this change anything I should do?
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March 25, 2010 2:59:48 AM

Greetings:

Last weekend I did a query here in the forum re: what Graphic Card might be best for my for my Compaq Presario SR1950X and several people responded quickly & were quite helpful.

However, I would still like to know whether or not my current PSU would be able to efficiently handle the ATI 4670 Radeon card.

I have now come to the conclusion that it might wiser to not sink any additional money in this system and instead save up & apply that money to a whole new PC.

Here are the Specs from my PSU"

PSU is HIPRO 300w Max Output

DC Output:

+5v - /25A +12v - /19A
+3.3 - / 18A -12v-1
+5vsb - 2A


+5v & 3.3v Shall Not Exceed 175w
+5v & 12v Shall Not Exceed 268w


Thanks again for everyone's help.


Michael
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