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Should i get the gefore gt 520?

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January 11, 2012 4:18:54 AM

Hi am trying to upgrade my graphics card but am not sure which one i should get.Here are my computer specs
Dell Inspirion 545 (not the slim version)
Intel Pentium dual core
300w power supply
2.1 graphics card support
6GB ram
am not a extreme gaming all i want to do is able to play some on the new NFS racing games that came out, in addition to playing TDU( test drive unlimted) and GTA IV.
My budget is 50-70 and i would like to buy the card at a store since i am just a student i don't have a credit card.. I was thinking about this card

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Galaxy+-+GeForce+GT+520+1GB...

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January 11, 2012 8:17:52 AM

You will probably struggle to run GTA IV on that graphics card as it is really weak. for your really low powered psu it doesnt really give you much options although if u can save an extra 10 you can get this


http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Radeon-128bit-Express-H667FS1...

amd offer much better cards for lower end psu.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 11, 2012 8:22:57 AM

6670.
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January 11, 2012 8:41:52 AM

amuffin said:
6670.


+1 this is the absolute minimum if you want to play something.
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2012 8:59:47 AM

that 520 is not for games, it is only for very old games.

HD6670 is a good choice and is a good match for pentium duel core
it requries only 75 watt, so a total of 180w at 12v rail is minimum (means minimum 15a rating at 12v rail combined)
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2012 8:59:52 AM

For all intents and purposes, the GT520 is a bad choice whichever way you look at it. I second the HD6670.
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a c 79 U Graphics card
January 11, 2012 1:00:59 PM

coolcar14 said:
Hi am trying to upgrade my graphics card but am not sure which one i should get.Here are my computer specs
Dell Inspirion 545 (not the slim version)
Intel Pentium dual core
300w power supply
2.1 graphics card support
6GB ram
am not a extreme gaming all i want to do is able to play some on the new NFS racing games that came out, in addition to playing TDU( test drive unlimted) and GTA IV.
My budget is 50-70 and i would like to buy the card at a store since i am just a student i don't have a credit card.. I was thinking about this card

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Galaxy+-+GeForce+GT+520+1GB...

try this link:
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/113964-13-requirement...
gta 4 is apoorly coded resource hog that loves fast cpu and ram.
imo your cpu is underpowered (very likely to bottleneck) and psu is inadequate.
the dell pc might not let you oc your cpu at all.
if you can upgrade your psu to a good quality, 450w one, perhaps a 6670 will be suitable for running games at 1366x768. if you must get an nvidia card... you sol cause nvidia doesn't have good gfx card at entry level. afaik, gt 520 is a rebadged (rebranded?) gt 220. still, you might try geforce gt240 with 1 gb gdddr5 vram.
here's a bigger list with entry level gfx cards from tom's:
http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/2011-entry-level-gra...
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January 11, 2012 1:47:44 PM

If you could tell us the amount of money u have for gpu . That will be very usefull
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a b U Graphics card
January 11, 2012 1:49:34 PM

Saw this on a Best buy web page. It's several levels above a GT520
$75.34
MSI - R5670-MD1GD3 Radeon HD 5670 Graphic Card - 775 MHz Core - 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.1 x16
Would that be an improvement? Of course your local BB may not have it in stock.
Print this chart and take it with you when you go shopping. Normally, 3 steps above your current card is a significant improvement.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-performance-...
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a c 175 U Graphics card
January 11, 2012 1:54:28 PM

newbie1337 said:
You will probably struggle to run GTA IV on that graphics card as it is really weak. for your really low powered psu it doesnt really give you much options although if u can save an extra 10 you can get this


http://www.amazon.com/HIS-Radeon-128bit-Express-H667FS1...

amd offer much better cards for lower end psu.

+1

A PSU which has only 20A on the +12V rail should run it well.

Newegg has GDDR5 version for $89.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 11, 2012 11:02:16 PM

Radeon HD 6670 is way out of my price budget and like i said i cant buy the card online only at a store. :(  and am not the extreme gamer i like to play the games on the low resolution.. I was told one by my cousin to go for this card but am not sure where i can find one here it is.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


And i was also thought about getting this one let me one what you guys think

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/EVGA+-+GeForce+9500+GT+1GB+...



But for the EVGA one my computer only has 300w would it make a difference if the card requires 350w
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a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 7:48:25 AM

5670=6670. Get what is cheaper.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 4:44:44 PM

At least get a 6570, if you are willing to spend 60 dollars i don't see why not get a 6570 or 6670.
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a b U Graphics card
January 12, 2012 11:52:47 PM

unknown_13 said:
5670=6670. Get what is cheaper.

False.

HD5670 = HD6570
The HD6670 is much better, as fast as a 9800GT.
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January 13, 2012 1:49:47 AM

Aight Thanks guys i think am try and get the 6670 or the 6570
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a c 175 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 2:22:28 AM

Actually the 5670 is just barely faster than a 6570, but If you can push to 6670, that'd be great and I recommend that very much. Also, it's not worth waiting to low end 7xxx because they are going to be released later I think.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
January 13, 2012 4:06:47 AM

Yes :) . Good luck :) .
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a b U Graphics card
January 16, 2012 2:51:57 AM

The HD6670 will work on any PSU. dont worry.
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January 16, 2012 4:22:44 AM

radeon hd 6670 is a good choice for the pc....but imo you should upgrade your psu first, before you run any gfx card. amd's psu requirement for 6670 is 400w or greater.
http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad...
i don't know if anyone has been successfully able to run (play games) a 6670 on an old 300w psu.
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a c 175 U Graphics card
January 16, 2012 9:55:32 AM

Don't worry, AMD is just wanting people to be really safe. But generally, any 300W+ PSU (even dells) with 20A on the combined +12V rail will work. By mean 'really safe' is it is not a problem with power hungry processors and let's say, 5 hard drives. I would like you to but 6670.
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