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post #1 of 10
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Hi everyone just joined the forum! I am looking for a solid low profile video card for my brother's Dell C521 before he heads off to college. I am stuck on these two cards:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814125346

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814127523

I am not sure which is better...The GT 430 has 1GB of DDR3 but the HD4670 has GGDR5 memory only at 512MB...

Maybe someone can offer me some advice on which is the better card
post #2 of 10
Don't know much about low-profile cards.. stick around though, im sure a guru will pop up eventually. Personally, I would pick the GT 430 for a few reasons, CUDA and PhysX, but not to many people care about that so idk. Doubt your going to be gaming much so Physx might not really matter to you. Other than that, there pretty identical. I'm also not much of a fan of MSI, just another reason i'd go with the 430.
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Thanks for the input! My brother is a light gamer so basically that is more of the goal (along with Windows 7)
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I would get the 5670. Im pretty sure its a little faster. I dont know what resolution but if its below 1600x1050 the extra ram wont make a difference.
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Currently his monitor is at 1280 x 1024 and is in need of an updated monitor so the 1600 x 1050 is not a problem
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You should have no problem doing anything with that resolution with either cards.
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Is GDDR5 faster?
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I'm thinking you should go with the GDDR5 card. Since your at a lower resolution, I am thinking the the amount of ram doesn't matter as much as how fast the RAM is. Surprised nobody has came along and given you a solid answer yet..

But yeah, GDDR5 is significantly faster than DDR3.
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Thanks for your helpful input Kirus! I am leaning towards the GDDR5 as well...hopefully we will get some more input!
post #10 of 10
I would personally suggest a simple 4850 or 4870 or 260gtx sp 216,(but the 260gtx can be a bit noisy). But keep in mind they are all DX 10 not DX11. but you would like the performance, they are selling for $50 - $150..if you look around you can usually find some low profile cards second hand..

if you want DX11, then HD5000 series / above or geforce 400 series or above. Since you are investing on games you know, how about a 5770? they run cool enough and dont use much power, would be a good investment since they could play future games in mid settings in the coming years.

why not just buy him a cheap casing and move the pc in there for better airflow, and then you could fit normal cards too.

wont recommend that geforce 430 or 5670..not the best choice as they are all "htpc" cards and did you notice the two little fans? small fans = they could be loud..
Edited by TheBirdman74 - 2/3/11 at 3:01am
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