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August 7, 2011 5:16:14 AM

I'm upgrading my Dell GX620, mainly because of gaming and HD movies. My system case is a low profile design with limited space for a graphics card.
System Specs:
CPU: Pentium 4 3.2
RAM: 2 X 2GB Kingston Memory
PSU: Dell 275W (12v:17a 5v:18a 3.3v:5a)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB

Which is the fastest graphics card that can run within my system limitations?

Thanks in advance.
August 7, 2011 6:33:16 AM

One of those I decided upon was the 5570, 5670 or GTS 250. Could they run within my current power supply?
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August 7, 2011 7:05:16 AM

billgates8889 said:
One of those I decided upon was the 5570, 5670 or GTS 250. Could they run within my current power supply?

The Radeon HD 5570 should be able to run in your current system.

The Radeon HD 5670 may be possible but don't count on it. If you never run FurMark or OCCT GPU stress testing utilities then it should work, but if you do run those utilities it will cause unrealistic GPU power demand that the power supply may not be able to provide.

The GeForce GTS 250 is a 150 Watt card that requires a 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector from the power supply so that eliminates this one altogether.
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August 7, 2011 11:02:47 AM

Thanks ko888,
Would there be any faster low profile graphics card?
My system doesn't have a 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector. Also, can my system run the 9600GT,9800GT, HD 5670 low profile models?
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August 7, 2011 7:45:21 PM

billgates8889 said:
Thanks ko888,
Would there be any faster low profile graphics card?
My system doesn't have a 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector. Also, can my system run the 9600GT,9800GT, HD 5670 low profile models?

The GeForce 9600 GT is a 96 Watt card that requires a 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector from the power supply so that eliminates this one.

The GeForce 9600 GT Green Edition, on the other hand, is a 59 Watt card and should be able to run in your current system.

There are three different versions of the GeForce 9800 GT. The 125 Watt G92a version, the 105 Watt G92b 55nm version and the 75 Watt G92b 55nm version (a.k.a. Green Edition). All three versions require a 6-pin PCI Express supplementary power connector from the power supply so that eliminates this one.

I have already provided my response on the Radeon HD 5670 in my post above. Just because a card is a low profile version does not mean it will consume less power.

You can also look at the low profile versions from the latest AMD HD 6xxx lineup. NVIDIA doesn't have anything performance-wise that competes in this segment.

Radeon HD 5570 replacements:
Radeon HD 6570 512MB GDDR5, 60 Watt
Radeon HD 6570 1GB DDR3, 44 Watt

Radeon HD 5670 replacement:
Radeon HD 6670 1GB GDDR5, 66 Watt
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August 8, 2011 10:39:44 AM

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August 8, 2011 10:42:12 AM

Thanks for the response. Your help is greatly appreciated, I had trouble deciding on a suitable graphics card and this really helped.
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August 8, 2011 2:50:21 PM

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