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HD 5670 1GB DDR5 vs GTS 250 1GB DDR3?

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December 23, 2012 5:38:37 PM

Hello, I'm upgrading my little bro's computer (my old one) and I need to find a "new" video card for him. He currently has a TC card and has a limited budget. I'm from Argentina so things are pretty expensive here so I don't have too much to choose from. He has a 450w generic PSU so I'm trying to find cards that don't consume too much power, that's when the HD5670 came in mind, but for AR$120 (20 dollars) more, I can get him a GTS 250 1GB DDR3, which I consider better than the HD5670 but I don't know if his PSU is enough for it. The 5670 is US$56, while the GTS 250 is US$76. Which one should I get him?

His specs are these:

ASUS P5VD2-X (It's an old VIA chip, has problems with A LOT of PCI-2.1 video cards, but I researched and both of these are fully compatible) Plus, I'm planning of getting him a new mobo maybe next month, so I want a card that's worth it but with a low price.

Intel Pentium Dual Core E2140 1.6GHz x2 (This needs to be URGENTLY changed, I know)

2GB RAM DDR2

Geforce 7100GS TC 512MB, 128MB on board (I doubt it even has 128 on-board)

17" Widescreen monitor, he plays in 1280x720.

450W generic PSU.

He's running on Windows XP SP3.
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December 23, 2012 6:00:07 PM

Ouch. I'd probably go with the 250, but the DDR3 is going to hurt it a little.

Perhaps look at a used 9800gt? It has a moderate power draw, for the era, and is easily comperable to the GTS 250. If it's compatible, that is.
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December 23, 2012 6:04:08 PM

DarkSable said:
Ouch. I'd probably go with the 250, but the DDR3 is going to hurt it a little.

Perhaps look at a used 9800gt? It has a moderate power draw, for the era, and is easily comperable to the GTS 250. If it's compatible, that is.


I was thinking of a 9800GT too but it's not compatible with his mobo for some reason no one knows.
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December 23, 2012 6:10:35 PM

The GTS 250 is the better performer. No worries about DX11 support, he's on XP anyway. Make sure that PSU has a 6-pin connector for the GTS 250 if that's what you are going to get. I don't like the price of it, but I realize you have limited availability. Obviously its an aged CPU/mobo so don't expect too much, but most anything is better than its current graphics.
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December 23, 2012 6:28:00 PM

Well, I wouldn't try using GTS 250 on a generic PSU.
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December 23, 2012 7:42:12 PM

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December 23, 2012 7:43:42 PM

Sunius said:
Well, I wouldn't try using GTS 250 on a generic PSU.


exactly, that's what I was afraid of. I'm just going to go with the HD5670, with his processor and mobo I doubt the GTS 250 can do much more than what the HD 5670 will do. Plus, I'll spend that extra money on the new mobo.
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