Hi. I'm putting together a second computer that I want to do so occasional gaming on. I'm looking for recommendations about what GPUs will give best bang for buck at this time. Budget is at max $50 after rebates for the GPU.
Just checked the prices for 5670 and the cheapest one I could find on the egg is $65+. Compared to the 4650, is it worth almost double in price? I'm not familiar with the 5000s but at least with Nvidia cards, a generation newer doesn't give huge performance boots (ex, 8400 vs 9400), at least with the resolutions I'm dealing with (1240x1024 to possibly 1680x1080 in the future)
Do you think maybe I should wait a bit? I'd like to get gaming on this machine before thanksgiving, which means no black friday deals for me =/ Any opinions on 4650 vs 5450. Guessing 4650 is roughly 1/3 better?
Also, if I do end up getting a slim card, I might try to cram everything into a old slim case. Which means 250W power supply. Would this be possible?
The HD5450 is not intended for gaming so forget about that. For the Nvidia 9000 series they basically rereleased the 8000 series. It is not typical.
The HD5670 is definitely worth the extra money. It is indeed approximately twice as fast as an HD4650. The HD4650 is basically the minimum that should even be called a gaming card these days. The HD5670 is the minimum if you want to play games well at 1280x1024 with respectable settings. It's not really appropriate for 1680x1050 but if you are willing to live with rather low settings on the more intensive current games then it will do the job.
As for the power supply I would need to know the brand/model to say anything other than 250w doesn't sound promising for a gaming system.
Twice as fast? Hmm, I might need to fresh up on this stuff. I lost count after the 200 series from Nvidia. I'll look into 5670. Maybe between now there will be a nice sale. How does the 5670 compare to Nvidia cards? Does it beat a 240 or 250?
Also, when you say intended for gaming, what did you mean by that? Assuming that its not typical for there to be little performance increase between generations, then you'd think a 5450 and a 4650 would be roughly equal.
As for the power supply, I got around to taking a look at it and pretty much crossed it off the list as a possibility. It came with the slim case and is a Newton Power 180W (my memory served me wrong there) capable of dishing out a whopping 7A on the +5V and 11.5A on the +12V =/
OK with that 180w PSU you can forget about any decent gaming graphics card. The 5670 is the lowest I would go for a GFX card, the gts250 is faster but uses much more power, which you dont have. I wouldnt run any gfx card that requires an auxillary power connector with that PSU.
Yeah, it's a junk PSU but it's what I had lying around
14A*12V = 168W. Given that the CPU is 70W load and all that miscellaneous HDD/NIC/fan is 20W loaded, I figured I have about 60-70W of power for the graphics card. 30W shouldn't hit that line, right?
For reference, it use to run a P4 Northwood with an OCed X800, a few fans, NIC, and 2 IDE drives just fine.
*Edit* If I could grab a 9600 GT or GSO or an 8600 GT within my budget, would you recommend that I bite? My thinking is that the 240 is about par with the 9600 GT which is only slightly better than the 8600
it does say on the bottom it is 400w MAX, not continuous. Misleading to some, but most lower end psu's are rated this way. Codegen are ok reliability wise, they wont blow up after 6 months if used properly. id say the 5670 SHOULD be ok on that psu.
$38 after rebate and coupon code. I did a quick check on its power requirements but it's looking like my PSU should be able to supply enough juice. Lots of people are saying that the 240 is a pretty low powered card and this one draws all it's power from the PCI-E bus (no 6 pin required).
Hopefully my CPU wont bottleneck this guy at my given resolutions either.