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ATI Radeon HD 4670 vs 8600GT size

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August 21, 2012 2:03:11 PM

Does anyone know if these two cards are the same size? My daughter has a Dell Inspiron 546 its a small tower, I think its a mini tower. It has a EVGA 8600GT in it that I purchased many years ago but the 8600GT is failing and I need to upgrade.

I don't want to spend over $125 on a video card and should be able to find a small one around that price I am just worried the GPU won't fit. I have a old 9800GTX+ and it was to big for the motherboard it wouldn't fit into the case. It would hook into the PCI slot but the face plate was sitting the outter edge of the case and wouldn't sit down into the motherboard... card was just to big. The 8600GT is pretty much the right size, I wouldn't mind a HD 4670 or a 8800GTX but not sure of the size difference in these cards?

Anyone that could throw some input out or point me in the right direction?
a c 228 U Graphics card
August 21, 2012 3:11:30 PM

If this is a slim or SFF (small form factor) case, you'll need a low-profile GPU. Something like this:

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

This is a great little video card. It will game fairly well, as well. Note the low profile brackets needed for use in a slim/SFF case.
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a b U Graphics card
August 21, 2012 3:39:22 PM

Can you confirm that is in fact a slimline PC? (slot for the card in the back of the PC (the bracket) around 2.5 in instead of around 4in) If its a normal sized PC we should be taking you in a slightly different direction (full sized cards run slightly cheaper than the low profile ones).

If it is slim, I agree with the above. If you are interested, here is a slightly more powerful model of the above card:

SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 6670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card (100326LP )
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Should make the call on whether to upgrade with that 4670, the 6570, or the 6670 based on how old the PC is and how much the performance matters. Any of them is a jump over an old 8600, however the higher model numbers will perform better.

Note that when you install you will need to remove Nvidia drivers/software and install AMD software. Not doing this correctly can cause problems.
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August 21, 2012 5:18:21 PM



Here is a picture of her tower next to my FULL tower.
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August 21, 2012 5:20:44 PM

Price isn't to much of a set back I will spend over $100 on a decent enough GPU. I just want to make sure I am getting the right size before I go buying.
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a c 228 U Graphics card
August 21, 2012 6:08:15 PM

Then a standard size GPU will work given that case. The question is this, what is the rating (in watts) of the PSU?

Still the previously suggested HD6570 is a solid choice for all but hard-core gaming.
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August 21, 2012 6:32:43 PM

She plays browser based games and the sims 3, she doesn't play stuff like BF3.

I think the PC has a 450watt PSU I am pretty sure I put that into it when I put the 8600GT in it. I would will have to look, if it hasn't been upgraded then I am pretty sure it came with a 300watt which wouldn't be enough, so I will have to upgrade.
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a b U Graphics card
August 21, 2012 6:43:02 PM

4670 is smaller than the 8800gt
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a c 228 U Graphics card
August 21, 2012 6:44:13 PM

The HD6570 will work fine with the 300w standard Dell PSU, as long as no overclocking is done. For the games she plays, this GPU is more than enough.
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August 21, 2012 6:49:41 PM

Thanks for all the feedback it helped. I am going to review some cards tonight and make a order asap! Thanks.
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August 21, 2012 6:50:09 PM

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August 21, 2012 7:38:09 PM

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