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February 4, 2012 7:14:00 AM

I am running a Dell Inspiron 530s
Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2.4 GHz
4Gb of memory @ 666MHz (max, but could bump up to 800MHz)
Vista 64 bit
PCI express x16 1.0

I am looking to put in a new graphics card in my comp. I don't want to spend over $100. That price range doesn't seem to big to much of an issue because I can only get low profile cards, and there aren't to many above that price range. My main goal is to get the best graphics card without the other components of my computer bottle necking it down to the same performance of another card I could have gotten for cheaper.

These are some I have considered.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ~$55
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681410288... ~$20

Would your answer change significantly if my processor were an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 @ 3.33 GHz (I am considering getting one off ebay).

Lastly, if there are any cards I did not post that you would recommend feel free to post them. All the ones above are ATI, but I am not biased toward them.
a c 88 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 7:19:06 AM

I honestly would not go lower than a 6670 and the one you chose at $80 would be my choice.
As for cpu, it depends how cheap you can get one for, to me it would be better if you went with a quad 2 core, but the E8600 is a much better cpu than the one you have.
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February 4, 2012 7:20:32 AM

A couple more pieces of info:
My power supply is 250W max
My current GPU is ATI Radeon 2400, 256MB
I will be using this card for mainly 1) gaming, 2) HD movies, and 3) bit coin mining if the card is capable of doing so.
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February 4, 2012 7:22:11 AM

My motherboard supports LGA775 and only dual core processors. Quad cores out of the question:( 

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a c 88 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 7:24:24 AM

Shame , you will need a better psu for a 6670
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 8:00:47 AM

Get the 6450 that's probably the max you can get for a 250W.

EDIT: I don't know why I'm writing 6570 there...
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a b U Graphics card
February 4, 2012 1:31:42 PM

sunnk said:
for that psu this will be good and with low risk.:) 

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


Well its low risk, but not good at all lol. I ran a factory OC 4550 (with an extra OC by me) in a 250w Dell for 2 years that has a Core 2 Quad (LGA775, 95w TDP). In fact, I'm still using the computer itself, just been put in a new case with a new Antec PSU. This card would beat the 210 and work fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Its factory OC
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 7:27:28 AM

Vettedude said:
Well its low risk, but not good at all lol. I ran a factory OC 4550 (with an extra OC by me) in a 250w Dell for 2 years that has a Core 2 Quad (LGA775, 95w TDP). In fact, I'm still using the computer itself, just been put in a new case with a new Antec PSU. This card would beat the 210 and work fine: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Its factory OC


i dont think that card will be safe for that psu an hd 6450 requires atleast 300w good quality psu if u dont think so take a look you are going too suggest him an riskier thats not good. :non: 

http://www.amd.com/us/products/desktop/graphics/amd-rad...
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 9:35:11 AM

AMD is just probably exaggerating or want their consumers to be really really save with their card. I don't know why they put out 400W Watt PSU required there where 6450 with kind of OP's system only takes about ~200W of power.
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 9:40:15 AM

refillable said:
AMD is just probably exaggerating or want their consumers to be really really save with their card. I don't know why they put out 400W Watt PSU required there where 6450 with kind of OP's system only takes about ~200W of power.


i also think but they are the card builders and they will recommend what is better for card i dont think it would be safe to get it on that psu do you think refillable?
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a c 175 U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 10:24:29 AM

Well alright, it's up to you, but for me no, I'll just run it :lol: .
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a c 88 U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 12:07:03 PM

My opinion would be to get a better psu and run a 6670

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

For gaming I don't think a 6450 is even worthy for gaming on and you won't be happy.

Then you can even consider your original plan of getting a cheap E8600 or Core 2 Quad off ebay if you want to upgrade your cpu.

You will have a half decent pc to game with.
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February 5, 2012 10:18:54 PM

PSU aside, does anyone think that Radeon 6670 will be bottle necked by my
Intel Core 2 Duo E4600 @ 2.4 GHz
or
PCI express x16 1.0
?
That was one of my original questions.
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a b U Graphics card
February 5, 2012 10:27:06 PM

It's unlikely it will....and if it does, it won't be to any noticable extent.
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