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August 18, 2010 3:19:38 AM

Hi, just wondering which is better, The Nvidia GeForce GT120 1GB, or the XFX ATI Radeon 4650 HD 1GB?


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August 18, 2010 4:06:25 AM

August 18, 2010 4:15:41 AM

I'd go for the HD 4650. I would never buy anything lower than a GTS 240 from nvidia. The 4650 is outdated, but it still handles several games pretty well. Just stay away from Crysis and Bad Company 2, unless you have a kick-ass CPU.
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August 18, 2010 4:17:19 AM

Thanks, im just looking to get a better graphics in time for FFXiV, though am on a fairly tight budget :pfff: 
August 18, 2010 4:24:14 AM

I think I remember the reading on the JP website that XIV runs on an 8600GT for recommended settings, which means you can buy a 9600GT or 9800GT if you wanna step it up a little.

That is, only if the recommended system specs haven't changed.
a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 4:24:36 AM

the Nv card would be completely incapable of playing ff14. the 4850 should do fairly well .

those cards are so vastly different, what is your budget?
August 18, 2010 4:39:04 AM

Would the 4850 be compatible with my computer?

I have a foxconn a6vmx, amd phenom 2.3ghz quad core.
August 18, 2010 4:41:52 AM

You should deff get something like a 4850 then. It would be a decent compliment to the Phenom x4 you've got there.
Or a GTS 250, or 9800GTX+, or an HD5750, or even higher. But as mentioned, it depends on your budget. What's your max you're willing to pay for?
August 18, 2010 4:46:57 AM

Most im able to pay is about £70-80. 4850 looks good, also looking at a 1.5gb xfx 9600GT.
a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 5:45:53 AM

yes, its compatible.

no, the 9600 would not be a good choice.

you need to find out what PSU you have also. if you don't have enough power for a 4850, its not going to run. come back to us with that.

assuming you won't need a PSU upgrade, i would recommend plumping a little more cash and getting this:

August 18, 2010 6:26:11 AM

not 100%, think its 300W
a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 6:28:31 AM

you'll need to check.

a 300w probably won't support a 4850 if its a lousy brand.
August 18, 2010 6:40:29 AM

yeah its a 300w, shouldnt be a problem i can easily replace it. Will a 500w support the 4850?
a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 7:33:17 AM

so long as its a good brand. get something like a corsair vx450.
August 18, 2010 9:23:21 AM

okay one last question, will a ddr5 graphics card work on my ddr2 system?
a b U Graphics card
August 18, 2010 9:38:36 AM

yes, the vRAM is independently controlled, so the RAM in the system is irrelevant. as long as the motherboard has PCIe, you are golden.
August 18, 2010 3:17:21 PM

i had a 4850 a while back and ran it on a thermaltake 430watt psu, even tho the box said 450 watt min was recommended, i never had any issues with it. and i ran the same x4 2.3 ghz cpu
August 18, 2010 3:50:45 PM

Yeah, I remember when I was using an HD 4850 by XFX for about a month, and I was running it on a 380W PSU without any lack-of-power issues.

Btw, a lot of people always say "Just go with a good brand" when it comes to buying a PSU, but that's just a rule of thumb if you don't know what you're looking for. If it's a card that needs only a moderate amount of power (like the 4850), I'm pretty sure you can buy a cheaper brand and save you're self some money. Just look for a PSU that's 500W and has 20A each on a dual +12V rail. Be sure to look at customer reviews, too. : D

Then again, if you find a really good sale on a brand name PSU, go for it.
a b U Graphics card
August 19, 2010 4:18:26 AM

markus, no no no no NO!

cheap PSUs can fail, and take half a system with them. its not a general rule, its something that everyone here preaches incessantly for good reason. a PSU is the one place where you absolutely must not skimp. get a cheap brand to save a few backs, and it will die years sooner, and has a chance of taking another component (or multiple) with it.

a good PSU will last longer, be efficient and cool and is not going to go jihad on your motherboard.
a b U Graphics card
August 19, 2010 7:05:17 AM

^Agree! Good PSU is a must!

Also agree on the 4850.
August 19, 2010 5:26:56 PM

eh, sorry lol. It's just I've used a cheap $40 500W psu before on a system before, and it never failed. However, I do oppose the $10 PSUs with the chinese names you can't even pronounce...
a b U Graphics card
August 20, 2010 4:47:12 AM

cheap and good quality are not necessarily mutually exclusive. you can often find corsair PSUs at very good prices, and they are some of the best.

yeah, a low quality PSU isn't guaranteed to blow. but its such a huge risk for the sake of saving a few bucks that it just seems silly.
a b U Graphics card
August 20, 2010 9:54:28 AM


A bit of running around on newegg and you'll have yourself a good quality PSU at a good price! :)