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GT240 512MiB DDR5 vs GTS450 1GiB DDR5 with e6420@2.80Ghz

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October 15, 2010 9:37:54 AM

CPU: e6420@2.80Ghz
MB: Gigabyte 965P-DS3
RAM: 2GiB DDR2-800
PSU: Hec 450w

Question is, whether to go with the GT240 512MiB DDR5 or the GTS450 1GiB DDR5?
Main issues are with the PSU and the CPU - will it limit performance (even after the OC to 2.80Ghz)?

Thanks.

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October 15, 2010 10:18:10 AM

Definitely go with GTS 450.Its significantly faster.
Bottleneck depends on the games/resolution that you play.
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October 15, 2010 10:19:58 AM

Mostly starcraft 2.
Resolution will depend on fps at that resolution.
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October 15, 2010 10:23:36 AM

Absolutely GTS450.
2.8GHz is quite good speed, if you aren't satisfied then you can OC it a little bit later...
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October 15, 2010 1:07:08 PM

The GT240 would be very unlikely to meet whatever performance requirements you have, unless your resolution is low, like 1024x768.
Unfortunately, I would not trust a HEC "450W" PSU to power a GTS450. If your budget permits, replace your PSU. A quality, modern PSU has full range active PFC (no little voltage switch) and 80+ certification. Antec, Corsair, Seasonic, and Enermax are among the better brands.
If you do not have the option of replacing the PSU, then get a HD5670. It uses very little power, and will outperform a GT240.
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October 15, 2010 6:44:21 PM

The-Q said:
Mostly starcraft 2.
Resolution will depend on fps at that resolution.

A C2D @ 2.8GHz is fine for SC2,definitely go with GTS 450.Its much faster than GT 240 and well worth the extra cash.
But as jtt mentioned,Its better to upgrade your PSU to a better unit.
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