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Is it a wise move to upgrade my GPU??

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January 15, 2013 12:31:21 PM

Hey guys,
My current computer (desktop) specs are as follows:
4gigs DDR3 RAM
Nvidia 8400GS
Intel E5700 3.0Ghz Dual Core Processor
And I've got a 64bit Win7 OS

I've made a decision of upgrading my GPU to the Radeon 4670HD (which is a huge upgrade in it's way, I know)
My question is this:
Should I do it??
Initially I decided on getting the 1gig DDR3 version of the 4670HD, but circumstances led to the shopkeeper advising me not to upgrade to the GPU at all. Instead, he offered me the 210GT (which is total sucked up) He said that the new GPU may not be compatible with my current specs (He pointed my processor out, specifically). I don't believe that. Do you think he's just trying to cheat me?? And should I carry on as I was?? And If I should, does the 4670HD need any kind of external cooler or anything else I should be aware of??
Thanks :D 

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January 15, 2013 12:35:02 PM

4670 is ancient... get the 7750/7770 if you want cheap good card.

Edit: Also, don't ask salesmen for advice. They'll say anything to get rid of old stock.
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January 15, 2013 12:38:54 PM

+1 for 7750
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January 15, 2013 12:43:15 PM

That's way outta my price budget.. I'm not looking at other cards either.. Can you guys just let me know whether I should proceed with my selection or not, and will fixing that into my current computer harm it in any way or lead to it not working at all??
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January 15, 2013 12:48:02 PM

Sorry, no harm but now or later your spec should out of their age if you want to use it for gaming.. Did you want to upgrade your GPU because you want to play game?
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January 15, 2013 1:00:06 PM

Yeah, but I'm on a real tight budget.. Vids showed that it runs pretty good games on pretty high settings.. Anyway, if you wanted to know, I have a budget of Rs. 4700.. That comes up to about $90.. If y'all can find me a better GPU for that amount, please let me know..
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January 15, 2013 1:12:08 PM

For that amount of budget you can get GTX 650 or 7750. The performance kind of same, depends of the games. Check your local price for GTX 650 or 7750. Maybe you can look old generation card too like GTX 460 or 550TI and 6770
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January 15, 2013 1:26:36 PM

Lol that's like double the price at which I'm buying this card.. Gimme some links if you can find anything at a lower price..
PS: I'm not looking at anything second-hand.
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January 15, 2013 1:26:44 PM

If it's legal to punch the salesman's face in your country, do it, recommending a GT 210 over a HD 4670? I'm so glad that you didn't fall from it.

If you think their recommendations are expensive, HD 6570 might be a choice.
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January 15, 2013 1:50:44 PM

Your CPU would not be an issue (a slow CPU could limit your FPS in some games/situations, but it won't always be an issue, and it certainly won't be a compatibility problem). The power supply is the primary consideration when upgrading the GPU, and you will want to make sure the PSU you have will supply enough current on the 12v rail for your card to operate.

Neither GPU is really all that stellar (I'm not sure what the performance of the cards listed was), if time would allow for a bigger budget you can probably get a lot more value if you save up more money; consider that paying 90$ for something that is a minor upgrade compared to paying 150$ for something 2x as good, you get a lot more added value for the extra 60$ you spend.

Have you shopped around for better deals on something more modern, or are you just looking at the one shop?
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January 15, 2013 2:22:33 PM

For a budget of Rs 4700 you should get the HD6670 from flipkart.
Also your dual core will not bottleneck the 6670 as they are on par.

So get this one: http://www.flipkart.com/sapphire-amd-ati-radeon-hd-6670...


Also don't even speak to those shopkeepers here in india. They know absolutely nothing so its best to do your research online and buy online too.
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January 15, 2013 3:08:25 PM

I've done my research as per the price listings here and thus came to my conclusion.. However @jaideep1337's link looks pretty good.. And really good to know that changing GPU's wont affect my computer (In a bad way, of course)
@Supercrit I wish so too.. Maybe one of these days :p 
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