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March 21, 2010 5:22:42 PM

Hello all,
I am hoping to upgrade my low end system a bit. Installed is a 8600 GT and I am thinking of going to a 4650 DDR3 or a 4670. Windows XP, 400w PSU.
Which is the better card for this rig?

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a c 236 U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 5:25:01 PM

hey simfriend

going to the 4650 would have little impact and the 4670 is not a major step up either. I have owned both the 8600GT and 4670. What is the rest of the specs on your PC like CPU and RAM? Native monitor resolution. What games are you playing and what would you like to improve?

March 21, 2010 6:56:04 PM

Hi ct1615,

Here is the system summary, I run some simulators which slow down the display to 3-5 fps sometimes.

Mainboard : Gigabyte M61VME-S2
Chipset : nVidia 6100V
Processor : AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+ @ 2000 MHz
Physical Memory : 4096 MB (2 x 2048 DDR2-SDRAM )
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Hard Disk : ST380815AS (80 GB)
DVD-Rom Drive : TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-S203N
Monitor Type : LG Electronics L1752TX - 17 inches
Operating System : Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.01.2600 Service Pack 3
DirectX : Version 9.0c (May 2009)
a c 236 U Graphics card
March 21, 2010 7:14:29 PM

i would upgrade your CPU first, it is most likely what is killing your FPS

the Athlon x 2 6000 is selling for $55 on newegg, looks like your board can support certain Phenom II if you want to spend more

for your monitor, a 4670 is fine but a 9600GT would be better. You may need to upgrade your PSU, I do not see it listed.

also, 80GB HD is rather small. You can get a 500GB for $55.