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May 21, 2011 1:29:33 PM

Hello everyone!

So im planning to upgrade my video card and power supply. Currently im thinking about ATI HD5670 and Corsair CX500 500w psu. I'm going to replace my old GF 7900GS which died few days ago and a cheap no-name 350w psu which is now lasting almost 4 years without any problems. :o 

My current specs are:

Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8ghz (stock)
ASUS P5GZ-MX
2GB DDR2-533
250GB 7200rpm HDD
350W PSU

So i want to know if my cpu wont hold back the HD5670? Maybe i can go with a more powerful card then?
The resolution i will be using is 1280x1024 and i want newer games to run at least on med with decent fps.

Thanks!

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a b U Graphics card
May 21, 2011 2:20:02 PM

im pretty sure the PSU you have right now will power the 5670.

can you OC that CPU? if so do it because 1.8ghz dual core is nothing nowdays, it will probably bottleneck :/ 
May 21, 2011 4:12:34 PM

Well i probably can, but for that i think i need a new cpu cooler, because with stock at idle im getting like 50°C :s

P.S. You really think my psu will be enough? :D  It only has 16A on the +12V rail and its 4 years old. :D 
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May 22, 2011 6:46:20 AM

Ok so i overclocked my cpu from 1.8 to 2.2 with a stock cooler and the idle temps are:

May 22, 2011 7:17:07 AM

I used a ATI 4670 on a 305 Watt PSU.
May 22, 2011 10:54:07 AM

Derbixrace said:
idle temps say nothing, you have to run prime95 (stresses CPU to 100%) like i said before.



Well then temps go as high as 70c+ :/ 
a b U Graphics card
May 22, 2011 3:10:00 PM

thats too high, you need to get a better cooler :/ 
May 22, 2011 3:30:24 PM

I just came across HD 6670 almost same price as 5670, what about that? :D 

And I will try to replace the paste, if this doesnt help gonna buy a new cooler, smth like CM Hyper 101 :D 

May 23, 2011 12:09:02 PM

Well, im not from USA. :p 

In my country HD6670 costs ~100$ and HD5670 about 90$ and both are sapphire versions. :) 

P.S. I wanna also know if there will be a significant performance increase comparing it to my old GF7900GS?
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