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Dimension 8400 - looking at Sapphire HD 4670 Upgrade

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May 25, 2011 11:12:15 PM

Hi folks - I'm looking to upgrade my graphics and Amazon has what looks like some pretty dirt cheap Sapphire HD 4670 deals for $50 after rebate.

I have pretty modest gaming needs - I'm playing 'Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy' and the requirements are for a 512 MB card but the card I have right now is only 1/2 that.

I have:
Dimension 8400 3.4 gHz, 3GB DDR2 RAM
Windows XP Pro
350W PowerSupply

The Sapphire Card is described as:
Sapphire Radeon HD4670 1 GB DDR3 VGA/DVI/HDMI PCI-Express Video Card 100256HDMI
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Radeon-HD4670-PCI-Expres...

I'm sure this card would really improve things - I just need some advice on if this looks compatible - I don't really want to monkey around with a new Power Supply or anything - I just want to buy my $50 card, install it, and be amazed and happy

PS - this isn't a problem that the Sapphire is DDR3 and my RAM is DDR2? - duh - don't know much about any of this

Thanks!
Lance

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May 26, 2011 12:11:24 AM

1. You could upgrade your video card, however know that your whole setup is getting fairly outdated. You're running an old P4 (you're about... 4 generations behind now).

2. The card will, however, work fine within the system. It doesn't draw enough power to require external connectors and it's compatible with your mobo.

3. No problem with the DDR3 VRAM and DDR2 regular RAM
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May 26, 2011 3:36:17 AM

terrific - thanks much borisof - I'll go ahead and get the card


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May 26, 2011 7:05:20 AM

If you are interested in knowing the 4670 is surprisingly power friendly, idle it uses around 65-70W and with load a 140W.

In my opinion this is pretty good compared to the new power hungry monsters :) 
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June 2, 2011 4:02:19 AM

GanX said:
If you are interested in knowing the 4670 is surprisingly power friendly, idle it uses around 65-70W and with load a 140W.

In my opinion this is pretty good compared to the new power hungry monsters :) 



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Cool - that low power quality caught my eye when I was first looking at it -

My 4670 from Amazon is on the way (free shipping takes a week - ha)

Thanks,
Lance
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June 2, 2011 4:14:11 AM

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