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Palit 8800 GT Sonic 1GB on a vanilla Dell?

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I have a Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz with 6 GB of RAM and a rather anemic ATI Radeon HD 3450. I originally got this computer for work, but now I think that I would like to, say, play the next Fallout game on it. Would replacing the stock card with a Palit GeForce 8800 GT 1GB do much for this system (there's one on craigslist for 50 right now)? I don't really know what to think about Palit in general. Or would I be better served by going for a XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 as suggested in other threads or even a PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB ? Or should I perhaps just wait until I can get a system with a i7 and a decent card?

Thanks for any input you can provide,

Alex

*http://www.legitreviews.com/article/683/1/ appears to be the one

Edit: My monitor is perhaps one of the most awesome CRT's ever made (imho!) NEC MultiSync FE 1250+
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  1. I can't say I recommend craigslist but the 8800 gt is a decent card. SHould play fallout just fine. My concern though is your power supply. Make sure there's a pci-express power adaptor- should be a 6pin pci-express power plug from the power supply. Otherwise you're screwed.


    a13ean said:
    Hi,

    I have a Core 2 Quad 2.4 GHz with 6 GB of RAM and a rather anemic ATI Radeon HD 3450. I originally got this computer for work, but now I think that I would like to, say, play the next Fallout game on it. Would replacing the stock card with a Palit GeForce 8800 GT 1GB do much for this system (there's one on craigslist for 50 right now)? I don't really know what to think about Palit in general. Or would I be better served by going for a XFX HD-567X-YNFC Radeon HD 5670 as suggested in other threads or even a PowerColor AX5770 1GBD5-H Radeon HD 5770 1GB ? Or should I perhaps just wait until I can get a system with a i7 and a decent card?

    Thanks for any input you can provide,

    Alex

    *http://www.legitreviews.com/article/683/1/ appears to be the one

    Edit: My monitor is perhaps one of the most awesome CRT's ever made (imho!) NEC MultiSync FE 1250+
  2. The 8800 GT would be faster than the HD 5670, although an HD 5770 would far outperform both.

    What power supply do you have? Because that is really what will allow you to install the graphic card or not.
  3. Don't go with 8800GT, it's an old card, you'll better with a new tech card like GTS250/GTX260 or HD4850/HD5770.
    What is your PSU? monitor resolution?
  4. I'm not at home so I can't check exactly, but based on other forum posts I have a "350Watt Delta Unit"* and my studio is a 540. With the CRT I'm pretty flexible about the resolution, but it's so big that I generally run at least 1280x1024.

    I appreciate the advice about the 8800GT, I was kind of worried about the fact that it came out several years ago.

    *See also http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/278800-33-dell-studio-graphics-card-upgrade

    Thanks!

    Edit: It turns out that I probably don't have the right connector (see http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=246796 ) so I guess I need a new PSU also or do any decent cards use a different supply connection?
  5. Okay, for 350W then i guess HD 5670 or GT 240 is the right choices, so you won't have to change your PSU... :)
  6. a13ean said:
    I'm not at home so I can't check exactly, but based on other forum posts I have a "350Watt Delta Unit"* and my studio is a 540. With the CRT I'm pretty flexible about the resolution, but it's so big that I generally run at least 1280x1024.

    I appreciate the advice about the 8800GT, I was kind of worried about the fact that it came out several years ago.

    *See also http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/278800-33-dell-studio-graphics-card-upgrade

    Thanks!

    Edit: It turns out that I probably don't have the right connector (see http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=246796 ) so I guess I need a new PSU also or do any decent cards use a different supply connection?


    just use the adapter that comes with the 8800GT/9800GT (same card), your 350w is more then enough for that card. you could even run the ATI 5750 or 5770 on it.
  7. So on the specs for the 5770 it says 450W minimum... so this is more of a guideline than a strict requirement right? Even the 5670 says 400 W.

    And for a single monitor at a 1280x, 1 GB is probably worth the extra 20$ or so verses the 512 version on the 5670 right?
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    in an Over clocked i7 system, neither the 9800GT or ATI 5770 will break 300w at load in total system power. the guidelines set by Nvidia and AMD are to cover themselves against people who buy $15 400w PSU off ebay.

    http://www.techspot.com/review/209-ati-radeon-hd-5770/page11.html

    the 5670 is not fast enough to effectively use 1GB, you would see no difference between the 512mb and 1GB. The 5770 on the other hand is fast enough and if you decide to go with that card, the 1GB version would make the most sense.
  9. Best answer selected by a13ean.
  10. Decided to go with a 5770, thanks everyone!
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