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January 31, 2011 3:31:22 PM

So my main PC is down till i can replace the motherboard. I'm currently using my old PC

Core 2 duo 2.89 Ghz
4 Gb DDR2
500 Gb Sata HD
8400 GS (SAD I KNOW)

my problem has become that since i'm giving this PC to my lil sister when i fix my main i want to put a good graphics card into it. I build this PC in an old Dell Low profile Optiplex case (this is not a dell i just used the case). This then becomes the problem the card i put in here must be a low profile card. I'm looking at (on Tiger):

EVGA SuperClocked 01G-P3-1435-LR GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3

but when i looked up bench marks on it for BF:BC2 heres what it showed:

1024x768 DX10 4xAA

430 GT averaged 30.9 FPS
9800 GT averaged 55.7 FPS

now i know the 9800 is right cause thats around what i was getting with mine now i bought the 9800 2 years ago so its not exactly a new card but will the fact the 430 is low pro going to make that big of a difference??

my other question then becomes is there a better Low Pro option? I'm not worried about the price so much because its coming from tax return lol. but if i'm going to buy a low pro card i want it to be the best i can get.

Now i'm normally an Nvidia guy but i don't have any problems going ATI for this pc IF its a obviously better card.

any help on the matter would be greatly appreciated

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January 31, 2011 3:59:14 PM

The issue with the 430 is not that fact that it's a low profile but because it's not a very speedy card. Look at the charts here:, the GT 430 is 4-5-6 steps bellow a 9800.

You need to check on the power supply also, if you are using a small case, I'm thinking you won't have much of a power supply to run a powerful card. And you won't find many 9800 class cards in low profile, the card size just won't allow it., 5570, and there is one 9800GT in there but it got low marks from users.