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May 23, 2011 9:01:17 PM

Hello, I've been looking into upgrading my video card recently, i currently have an NVIDIA GeForce 9200, and i was thinking about buying a radeon 5670 (link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...).

The card seems perfect for my low PSU (~220V) and slimline computer. Right now i am using 1 montior @ 1920x1080 and another at 1280x1024, I am kind of afraid that there might be some problem running both monitors with the radeon card having only 512 MB or that there might be a conflict between the NVIDIA and the Radeon cards. My question is that is there any way to make the two cards to work simultaneousness? As in i split the monitors between the two cards, or will installing the Radeon disable the NVIDIA integrated card?

Thanks in advance
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May 23, 2011 9:13:59 PM

Your link doesn't work.
What computer do you have exactly?
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May 23, 2011 9:18:29 PM

Ahh, sorry about the link, the product is a
MSI R5670-PD512 Radeon HD 5670 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

Computer is an Asus Aspire ax3300-u1322
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May 23, 2011 10:03:01 PM

Your system has a 220w PSU which is extremely low. Generally for an HD5670 you want a 300w or higher. I would try scaling back to an HD5570 and consider yourself lucky if that works.
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May 23, 2011 10:10:12 PM

ah, i was actually about to upgrade to a APEX AL-D500EXP 500W PSU at the same time as the graphics card upgrade, sorry i forgot to mention that
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May 23, 2011 10:22:59 PM

The PSU you mention is ATX and will not fit in a small form factor case like your computer uses. You can only use ITX PSUs unless you replace the case as well(not a bad idea.)
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May 23, 2011 10:30:43 PM

hmm, I dont really want to go over 200$, and im not entirely sure what to look for in order to ensure that every part of my computer can fit inside the new case.
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May 23, 2011 11:05:03 PM

The problem would be fitting things in your current case, not putting whats there in a new one.
For under $200 you could get something like this;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The card is much better than the HD5670. The case is high quality and comes with a good PSU that can handle the card and the rest of your system.
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May 24, 2011 12:35:53 AM

for future reference, is it generally not a wise idea to switch from NVIDIA to Radeon, and that if i have an NVIDIA card i should stick to NVIDIA?

And the case, my computer right now has a 16 in 1 card reader that i have not seen on any other casing, how will i find a case that can fit that?
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May 24, 2011 3:33:25 AM

agentbravojr said:
for future reference, is it generally not a wise idea to switch from NVIDIA to Radeon, and that if i have an NVIDIA card i should stick to NVIDIA?

And the case, my computer right now has a 16 in 1 card reader that i have not seen on any other casing, how will i find a case that can fit that?


Switching between ATI and Nvidia cards will not be any issue as long as you run driversweeper before you install the ATI card's drivers. If you don't completely clean out the old Nvidia drivers they can sometimes cause problems, same thing if you go from ATI to Nvidia.
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May 24, 2011 3:33:55 AM

No, it doesn't matter at all really. You would just want to uninstall the drivers first before installing a card/drivers of the other brand.
Looking at the pics it looks like that card reader is built into the case. I don't think it can come along to the new one. If you really need one they start at about $10;
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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May 29, 2011 5:15:45 PM

Best answer selected by agentbravojr.
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