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April 8, 2010 5:42:54 AM

Hello,
I have a Dell Inspiron 545 with Q9400,4GB RAM,500GB HDD, 24" DELL LCD monitor,19 in 1 media card reader, DVD writer etc. However it has a ATI 4350 Graphics card, which I believe is crap for any sort of gaming.
I would like to know what is the best graphics card for this system for upto $120 (approx. INR 5000); I want to avoid upgrading the PSU (300W).
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April 8, 2010 11:57:37 AM

Well if you don't want to upgrade the power supply, that doesn't leave you with a lot of options for good performance. I like the ATI 4670 GDDR3 for about $70 at Newegg. Anything better than that would need more power.
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April 8, 2010 3:25:30 PM

As long as it isn't a slimline model I would go for a 5670, which would be the best you can do on that PSU.

If it IS a slimline, the 5570 is your best bet.
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April 9, 2010 5:36:27 AM

jay2tall said:
As long as it isn't a slimline model I would go for a 5670, which would be the best you can do on that PSU.

If it IS a slimline, the 5570 is your best bet.


Thx, as far as I know it's not a slimline, however I read somewhere that the 5670 is at times unstable with a 300W PSU. :p 
Can I assume that multiscreenz 's recomm. of 4670 would be more stable? Also, is the power consumption of both cards same, and which one overclocks better.
a c 140 U Graphics card
April 9, 2010 1:02:47 PM

The 4670 only uses a few watts less than the 5670. The 5570 performs slightly better than the 4670 and consumes about 20 watts less than a 5670. There is also the Nvidia GT240. This actually outperforms the 4670 and 5570 and consumes about the same amount of power. If you don't feel comfortable with a 5670 in your system, I would recommend the GT240 DDR5. DO NOT get the DDR3 version

Are you in the US? if not what sites can you order from?.

Granted you can get a more powerful card for the same money, but you would have to upgrade your power supply, if that is something you are willing to do.
April 11, 2010 11:23:17 AM

jay2tall said:
The 4670 only uses a few watts less than the 5670. The 5570 performs slightly better than the 4670 and consumes about 20 watts less than a 5670. There is also the Nvidia GT240. This actually outperforms the 4670 and 5570 and consumes about the same amount of power. If you don't feel comfortable with a 5670 in your system, I would recommend the GT240 DDR5. DO NOT get the DDR3 version

Are you in the US? if not what sites can you order from?.

Granted you can get a more powerful card for the same money, but you would have to upgrade your power supply, if that is something you are willing to do.


Well, after some thought I have decided to go for a 5670 with GDDR5 itself (I will take a chance with the PSU as I have also heard that DELL PSUs can also take a bit of overloading, if need be). The reason for not wanting to upgrade the PSU is that I fear it might burn some other component/invalidate the warranty.
I am planning to order my card from ebay.in as I am in India currently.
If I don't get a good choice there I might choose other sites such as lynx-india.com etc.

Thx again for your replies

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April 12, 2010 1:03:46 PM
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I have heard the same regarding Dell power supplies. They used a 305W for years that was actually pretty good for what it was. A 5670 is the best you can do without upgrading the PSU.

If you do upgrade that at some point, just keep the original in case you need to warranty the PC.
April 13, 2010 5:20:13 AM

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