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Hey guys, so i have ati 3650 512mb ddr2 which is very old card now and want to upgrade to a card without changing my power supply
my processor is AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.6ghz
power supply: 300w
ram: 4gb

anyone can suggest the best card for a 300w power supply ?

Would you reccomend this Geforce GT 430 512mb ddr3? GT 520 1gb ddr3
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HD 5670, much better than GT 430.
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post #3 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheOddOne View Post

HD 5670, much better than GT 430.

+1 When I built my HTPC, I originally had a GT 430 in there, worked fine as an HTPC but absolutely no gaming potential. Swapped in a Low Profile 5670 and much better gamin then the 430 and better video quality in HD titles as well.
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post #4 of 17
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doesn't that card need 450w minimum ?
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post #5 of 17
You can go and look for a used 4670 (DDR3 version) if you don't want to spend too much money on a new vga.
post #6 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Faint1001 View Post

doesn't that card need 450w minimum ?

Nope, I'm running a Q6600 95W at stock speeds, ATI 5670 (bus powered), 2 TB WD Green, Asus BD-ROM, Haupage TV-Tuner all off the stock 220 W PSU in an Acer X1800 Slimline 24/7 since May with a couple LAN events a month. I had to add a little extra cooling but that's besides the point.
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post #7 of 17
Hd 5670, doesn't need external power and just power from the board itself!
post #8 of 17
500W is recommended for the 5670. Take a look at this XFX 4670 . It's been in my wife's 4 year old OEM with a 300W PSU with zero problems.

The GT 4xx and GT 5xx series cards don't have the power for decent gaming.
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post #9 of 17
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so if i get a 4670 will fps double up on games ? or is my cpu still slow ?
Edited by Faint1001 - 11/18/11 at 10:16am
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post #10 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Faint1001 View Post

so if i get a 4670 will fps double up on games ? or is my cpu still slow ?

Well, it will depend on what resolution you play on, but with a 4670 DDR3 vga you will be able to play a lot of games you find nowadays unplayable with your 3650. your CPU should be fine...
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