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Upgrading graphics card for my low performing 2 yr old slim tower

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December 19, 2011 7:09:35 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: ASAP

BUDGET RANGE: <$125

USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: starcraft 2, fallout 3, older FPSs

CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: 250W

OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS:
-- Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor E5300 (2M Cache, 2.60 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
-- RAM: 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz (2 DIMMs)
-- Graphics Card: 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: agnostic

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Current monitor can go up to 1900 x 1080

OTHER NOTES: comp is a slim tower, need a low profile card

Here's what I have found so far:

GeForce GT 430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GeForce GT 520
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Radeon HD 6670
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The Tom's graphics card hierarchy ranks them - 6670 first, 430 five tiers lower, 520 four tiers lower than the 430. Am I missing anything else worth looking at , or is the 6670 the best choice?

Thanks!!!

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December 19, 2011 7:22:42 PM

The 6670 is the most powerful card that doesn't need an additional power cord from the PSU, and possibly the most powerful slim low profile card currently made. Basically its the most powerful thing you have any hope of running in that computer with that power supply.
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December 20, 2011 12:03:27 AM

What is the brand of the PSU? and I am pretty sure that the HD 6670 is rated 300w or better. It will make big difference if your PSU is bad. It is better to be safe than sorry.
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December 20, 2011 12:55:46 PM

What do you all think about the following for an upgrade. Is the new processor worth it?

Current:

-- Processor: Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor E5300 (2M Cache, 2.60 GHz, 800 MHz FSB)
-- RAM: 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz (2 DIMMs)
-- Graphics Card: 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4350
-- Power Supply: 250W

To:
-- Processor: Intel Pentium E6800 3.33Ghz Dual-Core Processor) - $107
-- RAM: 4 GB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz (2 DIMMs) - same
-- Graphics Card: HIS H667FN1G Radeon HD 6670 1GB - $90
-- Power Supply: SeaSonic SS-300TFX Bronze 300W TFX12V v2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE - $50
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December 20, 2011 8:32:56 PM

Of course a new processor is worth it, although it is not necessary. A lot of games are cpu-intensive and the E5300 isn't that great, a new CPU upgrade would help a lot!
How about this build:

--Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 120$ (A bit more expensive than the CPU you suggested but at the same time it's better. A great CPU, and it's currently $20 off!)

--RAM: Keep yours, I'd reccomend getting 8gb's of DDR3 but then you'd probably have to buy a new motherboard

--Graphics Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 100$ (Great card, friend uses a GTS 250 and has no problems with games, and this is even BETTER than a 250! I was gonna reccomend the 250, but they're all currently out of stock on newegg)

--Power Supply: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... 60$ (Great PSU, I had it, but I replaced it only because I'm getting a 6970 and I want some more headway. With this PSU you can even upgrade the 260 to a way better card later on when you have money! And heck, it's an Antec!)

A bit higher priced than the setup you wanted (by $33) but at the same time it's better performance/value. I would have suggested you get a quad core amd for cheap, but your motherboard is an intel board, so that's a no-go.

EDIT: before anything, would you please post your current motherboard? Thanks :) 
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January 20, 2012 6:53:25 PM

The problem with that selection is the compatibility, his case needs low profile and he would have to make sure an i3 would work on the motherboard.

I would go with the 6670. It requires a 400 watt supply minimum though.
I would compare the benchmarks on the CPUs and only upgrade if there is a significant difference in performance.
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January 24, 2012 3:12:14 PM

Radeon website says that the minimum PSU requirement for a 6670 is 400w.

I found this on newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Since my computer uses a TFX form factor PSU, is this my only option?

Also, am I realistically risking things if I use a 300w or 350w, like the ones below? The reason I ask if because I inputted my computer into the thermal take power supply calculator ( http://www.thermaltake.outervision.com/Power ) and the max PSU requirement was 278w.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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October 10, 2012 8:03:13 AM

loneninja said:
The 6670 is the most powerful card that doesn't need an additional power cord from the PSU, and possibly the most powerful slim low profile card currently made. Basically its the most powerful thing you have any hope of running in that computer with that power supply.

hey im having dell 560s slim tower do yuo think i can fit the hd6670 in my cabinet??
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