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November 10, 2010 5:45:28 AM

hi guys. i am planning to change my geforce 8400GS video card and i am choosing between:

geforce 9500, 8600, 9600
ATI HD 4650, 4670

someone told me that the 9500, 8600, and 4650 are quite the same. and 4650 a lil bit higher. and 9600 much higher. is that true? and are those around $60? that's my budget. thanks for the replies

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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 7:48:51 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums
Between those choices,both 9600(GT/GSO) and HD 4670 are the fastest.You can't go wrong with either
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 11:52:57 AM

The important thing to note though is that the 9600 might require an external power connector and a decent (although not too bad these days) power supply, whereas the 4670 will not.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 12:05:10 PM

Yes, 9600 draws more power than 4670.
Thanks for pointing it out :) 
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November 10, 2010 12:52:51 PM

im using a 500W avr. samsung 19" 70000:1 LCD. m2n mx-se mobo. thanks for that info. so w/o the 9600, the 4670 will be better than the 8600, 9500, ati4650?
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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 1:17:01 PM

Yes both 9600/4670 are much better than 8600,9500 and 4650
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November 10, 2010 1:25:00 PM

oh. i saw a website that compares video card. and i can see 9600 and 4670 beats the other 3. but the 9600 requires x2 energy consumption. so what will i do if that's the case? need a higher AVR? higher power supply? will it cost more electric bill? if the 9600 will give me a problem then i think i'll go with 4670.. but is it ok if my built in video card of my mobo is geforce?
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 1:52:42 PM

Well, the thing with graphics cards and power supplies is that you have to make sure your power supply is a) good and b) has the right connections. Most the time b) isn't an issue if a) is met, because you can get a variety of adapter cables. The 9600 gt requires a 6 pin power connector and at least a 400W power supply AFAIK, but more importantly you have to make sure your power supply has at least 20A on the 12V rail (if you don't understand that don't worry I'll explain), but to be safe and depending on your system config you want 25-30A just to be safe.

If you're not sure about all that, the 4670 is great from the point of view that you just plug it in and go. No funny cabling, not too much worrying about your power supply, just plug and play.
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November 10, 2010 2:23:12 PM

i really appreciates all the replies. i think i'll just go with the 4670. but are ATI products reliable? i'm an IT student but i'm not that good in hardwares. so i think i'll have a problem if i use the 9600. also, how will i know if my mobo can support DDR3 video cards?
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a b U Graphics card
November 10, 2010 2:30:53 PM

ATI products are great, you have nothing to worry about. If your motherboard supports PCI-Express, it will support any PCI-E card you put in it. It doesn't matter if the card runs with DDR2, 3, 4, or 5 VRAM. That's the only thing, make sure your mobo isn't AGP and you're good to go!
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November 20, 2010 7:19:04 AM

Best answer selected by cherrydee.
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a c 271 U Graphics card
November 20, 2010 7:25:02 AM

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