I have a fairly old computer, an XPS 420, Core 2 Quad Q6600, with 4 GB of RAM on Windows 7 and I would like to upgrade my current HD 4670 video card to get a bit more out of this aging computer before upgrading, maybe next year. I don't want to spend that much upgrading, and I don't want to change the PSU either since it's going to increase the cost to somewhere in the 300$ range and If I go there I know I'll end up changing the PC completely, which I don't want to.
ATI recommends a 400W PSU so I'm a bit worried. I know that my HD4670 is supposed to use a maximum of 59 W, so I'm wondering if the extra watts required by the HD6670 will be more than my PC can handle.
Thanks for any advice/input that you may have on the matter.
Your graphics card will not require that 400w PSU, since it only uses a max of 59w, and I assume your PC uses no more than 150w max? It's a decent update, not a really big jump, like if your computer doesn't run Metro 2033 over 25 FPS, it probably wouldn't make a 20 FPS advantage.
Power is not an issue, size (I hope) is not an issue, it's doable.
Well, I still have some questions regarding the upgrade so I hope you can have a look again
I've come accross a deal with the radeon 5770 at 79$, and from the reviews I read, It looks like it might be a better investment than the 6670. However, looking at specs, they are suggesting a 450 W PSU.
My PC contains :
1 Single HDD
1 Q6600 Quad core processor
2 2Gb RAM slots
1 19 in 1 media reader
1 DVD drive, rarely used while playing games ( thanks Steam )
And that's about it. In your opinion, does this kind of system reaches as high as 350 W under load conditions such as gaming requires ?
Looking at the 5770, they say the Max Wattage is 108 W. So it's effectively a 59 W increase over what I'm using in the hardest conditions right now.
I checked the case and it handles a double slot card. I also have a free 6-pin PCI express connector.
Will I fry the whole thing with this card ?
Otherwise, I saw that the GTS 450 recommends a 400 W PSU. Could that be a better option ?