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Upgrade GT220 to ATI 5670

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 5, 2010 4:48:22 PM


Was thinking of upgrading my GFX. Was reading the articles and saw that the 5670 is a pretty big upgrade. Nearly twice the perfromance on most games.

I use a HP i5 Desktop with a standard 300w HP PSU. Is this enough power to use the GFX card?

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a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2010 4:56:01 PM

tan1415 said:

Was thinking of upgrading my GFX. Was reading the articles and saw that the 5670 is a pretty big upgrade. Nearly twice the perfromance on most games.

I use a HP i5 Desktop with a standard 300w HP PSU. Is this enough power to use the GFX card?

Yes and Yes.

The 5670 is a significant upgrade from a 220, 5670 is faster than a 240 GT which itself is a full tier above a 220.
And 5670s are very efficient so your 300W PSU should just fine.

Just remember to fully uninstall Nvidia drivers before you install the ATI package,m or else you will headaches.
a c 214 U Graphics card
December 5, 2010 5:16:33 PM

^he is correct...
But for future upgrade i would think about upgrading your PSU,HP makes the worst Power Supplyies and i wouldn't reccomend running such a quality computer with that type of PSU,if you have the money to spare buy a PSU,their around $50
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December 5, 2010 5:42:20 PM

Yeah...thats the problem.
If i buy a new PSU i can get any GFX i want within my budget.

The 5670 with no PSU upgrade is just like 60$. Other options will cost a bit more.
Can save a bit and go for a full psu/gfx upgrade later on.
a c 214 U Graphics card
December 5, 2010 5:56:46 PM

It will work, but how well and for how long is the unknown.
Lets wait and get some more opioions on this...
How much is your budget for this?
What games will you be playing?
And what are your full system specs?(mobo/cpu/ram/etc.)
December 5, 2010 8:06:37 PM

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Figure 1: Top view board
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Manufacturer: MSI
Model: microATX - 24.4 x 24.4 cm
Chipset: Intel P55 Express
Memory slots: 4 x DDR3
Front Side Bus Speed: 2.5 GT / s DMI
Slot Processor: LGA1156
Expansion Slots
1 PCI Express x16 slot for a graphics card
3 PCI Express x1 slots
1 Mini PCI Express x1 slot
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Processor Speed: Up to 2.66 GHz
Number of cores: 4
Slot: 1156
Bus Speed: DMI (Direct Media Interface) - bus speed does not apply for DMI

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Slot Type: LGA1156
TDP: 95 W
Motherboard supports the following processor upgrades:

Intel Core i7 (Lynnfield)
Intel Core i5 (Lynnfield)

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Quantity: 4 GB
Speed: PC3-10600 MB / sec

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Supports only DDR3 DIMMs
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PC3-10600 (DDR3-1333)
PC3-8500 (DDR3-1066)
Only unbuffered non-ECC memory
Supports up to 16 GB on 64-bit PCs
Supports up to 4 GB * on 32-bit PCs

NOTE: 32-bit PCs are not the full 4.0 GB of memory address. This motherboard is not designed for use with a 32-bit PCs.
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Figure 4: Ports (full-size bracket)
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Interface: PCI Express x16
Maximum resolution:
HDMI TV resolution (with adapter) up to 1080p *
HDMI PC resolution (with adapter): 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
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PC resolution DVI (Dual Link): 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
PC DVI-resolution (single-link): 1920 x 1200 @ 60 Hz
VGA resolution (with adapter): 2048 x 1536 @ 75 Hz
* Use NVidia software to optimize the display
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* Data buffer: 2 MB
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N / A DVD-ROM DL up to 8.5 GB 8X
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DVD-R SL to 16x to 12x to 4.7 GB
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6x DVD-RW up to 8x SL to 4.7 GB
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DVD-RAM to 12X to 12X 4.7 GB
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Length: 41.4 cm

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Nutrition 300 W
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December 5, 2010 8:06:59 PM

Hmm seems like a lot of info. Is the HP 6250
a b U Graphics card
December 5, 2010 11:23:15 PM

leave to HP to throw in some top notch components and than choke them with a 300W PSU. Your cpu (i5-560) can handle video cards up to 5870, your PSU will blow up if you try though :p 
a c 214 U Graphics card
December 10, 2010 10:25:10 PM

The 5670 power consumption is pretty low but i don't know how reliable that PSU is.