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Upgrade: AGP HD 3850 or lower?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
July 11, 2010 9:45:18 PM

Hello there, see my specs:
Athlon XP 3200 (2.3ghz)
2gb DDR400s
350w psu
Abit AN7 mobo

i'm between a HD 3850 with 512mb DD3 and a 4650 with 1gb DD2, i know the 3850 is superior, but i wonder if my CPU will bottleneck it so hard that it wont run faster than the 4650 would.
Also i'm a bit worried about the psu, seen in review that the 3850 consumes a lot more power than the 4650.

If the HD 3850 runs even 5% faster than the 4650 in this machine i'd go for it, otherwise id rather go for the other one for a softer power consumption (and cheaper).

Anyone help me?

More about : upgrade agp 3850 lower

a b U Graphics card
July 11, 2010 11:56:30 PM

You'd probably see a relatively large bottleneck anyway. I'd go for the HD 3850, but I'm not sure whether your PSU can handle it.
July 12, 2010 12:12:04 AM

Your PSU will definitely not drive the 3850.

Go 4650 or replace PSU
a c 1410 U Graphics card
July 12, 2010 3:32:03 AM

Even HD3650 would be enough for that CPU.