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AMD ATI HD6670 2GB compatible with my Computer?

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August 20, 2012 3:02:26 PM

Hey guys :) 

I am currently using a Radeon X1950 Pro in my old rig. Sadly, my X1950 Pro is currently dieing and is crashing with graphical artefact and corruption every time I open up a game or watch something that require's some kind of power (Ex: Youtube video, etc). I also have multiple graphical corruption on my desktop (really in bad shape :p ).

I have a very limited budget and found out that the best choice for my price range (no more than 90$ before Taxes) would be an AMD Radeon HD 6670 2GB video card. However, since my computer is kinda old, I fear that it would not support the said video card.

Could you guys help me sort that out and tell me if I can go on and do the purchase?

Link to the product:
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/amd-amd-radeon-hd66...

My power supply is an Antec Basiq 500 Watt Power Supply BP500U

My current computer:
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Operating System: Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 (2600.xpsp_sp3_qfe.120504-1617)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz (2 CPUs)
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Page File: 2225MB used, 1717MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)


Motherboard: http://www.asrock.com/mb/VIA/4CoreDual-SATA2/

Edit 1: I know that my motherboard only has a PCI-E x4 slot. However, I've figured that a PCI-E video card running at x4 would still be much faster than an AGP one. Furthermore since manufacturers doesn't create AGP cards anymore, I would have to stick to really, really low end Graphic Card.

Edit 2: It wouldn't support DDR5 video card memory, right?

Thanks a lot to anyone that is willing to give it a look/help me :) 

Francis Maltais.
August 20, 2012 3:12:46 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
First off im dissapointed you NEVER by off of bestbuy find a better card on newegg or amazon look at this!
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also be sure to check if your power supply has a pci-e power cable
http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/pcie6.jpg

Other than that i think you can support the card


Why shouldn't I buy at Bestbuy?

Furthermore, I don't really want to wait a few weeks to receive it, and I have no $$$ for a fast delivery :( 

Edit1: Yup it does :)  the X1950 Pro, although an old card, is an PCI-E.

PS: Thanks :) 
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August 20, 2012 3:14:29 PM

dudewitbow said:
no point in really getting the 2 gb varient of the 6670. you wont use it unless you are doing professional work.

the gddr5 1gb 6670 will be significantly faster than the ddr3 one for the same price. alternatively, the next step up is the 7750 for 100



My computer can handle DDR5 memory type? Considering that my Ram, considering the motherboard, can't be more than GDDR2?
I thought that it would help since I only have 2 GB of kinda crappy RAM, it doesn't affect this?
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August 20, 2012 3:14:32 PM

no point in really getting the 2 gb varient of the 6670. you wont use it unless you are doing professional work.

the gddr5 1gb 6670 will be significantly faster than the ddr3 one for the same price. alternatively, the next step up is the 7750 for 100
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August 20, 2012 3:15:49 PM

lordazura said:
My computer can handle DDR5 memory type? Considering that my Ram, considering the motherboard, can't be more than GDDR2?
I thought that it would help since I only have 2 GB of kinda crappy RAM, it doesn't affect this?


ram ddr and video card ddr are different. ddr simply means double data rate. number usually signifies version(which in return controls max brandwith(or was it somethign else)
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August 20, 2012 3:23:09 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
or this one should work as well
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


ok so i have been doing so research it does not matter what kind of cpu or what ever you have if you get a gpu but the psu matters and you have plenty of power so your good to go :D 


ops canadian
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August 20, 2012 3:23:40 PM

lordazura said:
Why shouldn't I buy at Bestbuy?

Furthermore, I don't really want to wait a few weeks to receive it, and I have no $$$ for a fast delivery :( 

Edit1: Yup it does :)  the X1950 Pro, although an old card, is an PCI-E.

PS: Thanks :) 

oh ok im sorry did not notice you were from canada
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August 20, 2012 3:24:05 PM

>.> I can't receive any of the above mentioned card. Since I live in Quebec, we can't receive products that are made available only in English....... I know that a freaking dumb law.
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August 20, 2012 3:26:54 PM

again im sorry i will look on your bestbuy... are there any other websites available to you such as amazon?
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August 20, 2012 3:29:10 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/XFX+-+Radeon+HD+6750+1GB+DD...
what about this one it is 95$ so only 5 above what was originally posted


Bestbuy.com

Not available in canada :( 

Being canadian sucks when you wan't computer related stuff...

By the way, thanks everyone for the help so far :) 
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August 20, 2012 3:35:51 PM

i say you go for the gt 640 you will see a definite quality and performance increase... what kind of games do you play if any?

also make sure that your psu has a pci-e cable
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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 3:37:17 PM

the 7750>640 both in price and performance. Nvidia really screwed the 640 over with a ddr3 speed and higher price compared to the 7750 ddr5 speed and ~10-15$ lower
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August 20, 2012 3:40:48 PM

I'm currently playing Diablo 3, looking to be able to play Guild Wars too. I don't expect to have really high quality while playing, but being able to play them would be awesome.

Also looking at Amnesia: The Dark Descent, COD: MW2
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August 20, 2012 3:47:02 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-ynQMjc6yc
well this is just a little test for the 7750(same one i showed you)


My Video Card almost crashed with that youtube video XD

Seems good however, but the guy probably has a way better processor and ram than me :p  But really feels like it can do the job.
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August 20, 2012 3:49:59 PM

well that really depends on how much money do you have to spend
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August 20, 2012 3:50:18 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
well that really depends on how much money do you have to spend


Because of a Quebec Law, I can't receive stuff that is only manufactured in English... I really, really hate that law. I believe that it is really dumb. But, I'll have to deal with this.

So, I am kind of forced to bring my budget to 140$....

At that price, would an Extra 10$ gives a really big boost from an HD 7750 to a GTS 450?
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August 20, 2012 3:56:13 PM

the gts 450 is relatively the same strength as a 7750
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August 20, 2012 4:01:55 PM

no, paying 20 cad isnt worth the factory overclock
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August 20, 2012 4:02:36 PM

dudewitbow said:
no, paying 20 cad isnt worth the factory overclock


I could basically do that home, right?
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August 20, 2012 4:04:47 PM

lordazura said:
I could basically do that home, right?


esenntially yes. AMD built their cards to be slightly underclocked, so that manufacturers can overclock them more and charge a higher price for them.
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August 20, 2012 4:11:08 PM

PanicMaster85 said:
agreed... so have you figured out what card your getting? so the 7750 right? well look at the 7770 really quick just to see what the price difference is because you will get a bit faster performace.
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/msi-msi-ati-rade...


7770 unavailable in store and can't get it shipped :( 

Looks like I'll stick to the 7750 :)  (Sorry for the late answer, my video card crashed)

Thanks a lot to the both of you :)  You have been of tremendous help. You guys rock!, This forum rock!


I'll repost once I have it and tell you if my computers handle it :p 
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a c 106 U Graphics card
August 20, 2012 5:12:49 PM

since when did gpus have memory requirements, something new to me I guess O_o.
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August 20, 2012 5:18:31 PM

dudewitbow said:
since when did gpus have memory requirements, something new to me I guess O_o.


Maybe it is only to sell more ram :p  It's true that I had never heard that before.

Maybe I'll buy it and give it a try anyway...

Anyone else know if you really must have it?
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August 20, 2012 7:11:21 PM

no ******* way sorry man but that does not sound legit... now dont quote me on it but like you said it is more than likely just to get peoples money! just buy it and if it does not work(which is stupid if it does not) then you can always take it back :D 
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