I have an optiplex 745 sff.
Pentium D 945 3.4 (will upgrade to C2D or C2Q in future)
Card needs to be low profile and low power usage (280 watt PSU rated 25w on PCI E 16)
only using 1 HD, 1 optical, 4 sticks 512mb ram, 2 fans might add soundcard in future .
Dells PSUs known to be pushed harder than the rating.
also prefer no power connector.
so i am deciding between these two.
I dont game much
games I play are (crysis WH,L4D2,Far Cry 2 and I want to try Bioshock 2)
the other games play fine on my old Dual Xeon P4 3.2/7600 gs OCd
havent tried BShock2 on that system yet.
low to med settings are fine
the 4650 is 1gb 128 bit for about 60
the 8600 gt I can trade my 7600gs AGP straight out for it
Any opinions,advice,ranting and raving is appreciated
well my native res is 1920x1080
I just tried BShock on my OCd 7600 gs and it plays low settings and 1024x768
so I figure the 4650 will be definitely way better than a 7600gs
Thank you all for your advice especially about the power usage of 4650
I was worried about that.
I think I will splurge for the 1gb model.
It cant hurt to have the extra memory.
Plus I do play L4D2 at 1920x1080 on my old system so it could help.
I am really more of a multimedia guy (HD vids,recording Netflix ,encoding etc)
I appreciate the help
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays