Overclock.net › Forums › Graphics Cards › Graphics Cards - General › Graphics Card Upgrade?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Graphics Card Upgrade?

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I've got an old system that my brothers is going to do some light gaming on. It has Windows XP, so DX9 games will only be played on it.

I don't want to push the PSU,so I would like a video card that doesnt require a power connector and I only have a PCIE-16x 1.0 slot, so no PCIE-16x 2.1 cards.

What is the best graphics card that I can get that fits my needs?

My Specs:
CPU - Intel P4 550 3.4Ghz
Motherboard - Dell i925x
Memory - Kingston PC2-3200 1GB
Graphics - XFX Radeon HD 4550
PSU - Dell 350w (18a on 12v+)
Edited by Logictus420 - 2/27/11 at 4:39am
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 215 Generic "HP" Motherboard Power Color PCS+ 5670 Generic DDR2 RAM 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Ultimate Panasonic 32" 1080p TV Antec 400w (18a 12v+) 
Case
HP Case 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 215 Generic "HP" Motherboard Power Color PCS+ 5670 Generic DDR2 RAM 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Ultimate Panasonic 32" 1080p TV Antec 400w (18a 12v+) 
Case
HP Case 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 8
You could go up to a 5670 which would be an improvement.
Low Tide
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8Z77-V Pro EVGA GTX 670 FTW 8GB G. Skill 2133MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. C Windows X Samsung T240HD 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Ducky DK9008G2 Red Corsair TX850W V1 Corsair Carbide 300R X-Fi XtremeGamer 
  hide details  
Reply
Low Tide
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8Z77-V Pro EVGA GTX 670 FTW 8GB G. Skill 2133MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. C Windows X Samsung T240HD 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Ducky DK9008G2 Red Corsair TX850W V1 Corsair Carbide 300R X-Fi XtremeGamer 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the response,

Are PCIE-16x 2.1 Cards compatible with slot 1.0?

because the 5670 is a slot 2.1 card, right?
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 215 Generic "HP" Motherboard Power Color PCS+ 5670 Generic DDR2 RAM 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Ultimate Panasonic 32" 1080p TV Antec 400w (18a 12v+) 
Case
HP Case 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 215 Generic "HP" Motherboard Power Color PCS+ 5670 Generic DDR2 RAM 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Ultimate Panasonic 32" 1080p TV Antec 400w (18a 12v+) 
Case
HP Case 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
bump
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 215 Generic "HP" Motherboard Power Color PCS+ 5670 Generic DDR2 RAM 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Ultimate Panasonic 32" 1080p TV Antec 400w (18a 12v+) 
Case
HP Case 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 215 Generic "HP" Motherboard Power Color PCS+ 5670 Generic DDR2 RAM 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Ultimate Panasonic 32" 1080p TV Antec 400w (18a 12v+) 
Case
HP Case 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by cheatinjory32 View Post
Thanks for the response,

Are PCIE-16x 2.1 Cards compatible with slot 1.0?

because the 5670 is a slot 2.1 card, right?
Yes the 5670 is a 2.1 PCI-E card and they are backwards compatible...
my temp rig
(6 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
i7 6700K Asus Z170 Pro Gamin GTX1080 Samsung 830 256GB 
CoolingOS
Hyper 212+ EVO Windows 7 
  hide details  
Reply
my temp rig
(6 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsHard Drive
i7 6700K Asus Z170 Pro Gamin GTX1080 Samsung 830 256GB 
CoolingOS
Hyper 212+ EVO Windows 7 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I read somewhere that 2.1 one card were only backwards compatible with 2.0 slots.

Would it be more beneficial to me if I upgraded my CPU and Motherboard instead?

Maybe a cheap Sempron that I could try to unlock the extra core on?
Edited by Logictus420 - 2/27/11 at 9:54am
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 215 Generic "HP" Motherboard Power Color PCS+ 5670 Generic DDR2 RAM 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Ultimate Panasonic 32" 1080p TV Antec 400w (18a 12v+) 
Case
HP Case 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon II X2 215 Generic "HP" Motherboard Power Color PCS+ 5670 Generic DDR2 RAM 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Seagate Barracuda Windows 7 Ultimate Panasonic 32" 1080p TV Antec 400w (18a 12v+) 
Case
HP Case 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 8
Your CPU is bottlenecking the HD 4550.

You're better off upgrading the CPU!

Right now, if you get a better video card, you'll see no difference... the Pentium 4 simply can't handle the HD 4550's power.
Avalon
(18 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 6600k MSI H170A Gaming Pro GIGABYTE GTX1080  Kingston HyperX FURY Black 64GB DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB LG DVD/RW 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
CoolerMaster 212 Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Apple OS X El Capitan Acer AT3265 32" 1080p 60Hz 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster 192n 20" 1280x1024 75Hz AZIO Mechanical Corsair CX750 CoolerMaster CMII Advanced 
MouseAudio
E-Blue Mazer Realtek High Definition 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3630QM MSI CZ-17 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX Patriot Memory PSD38G1600L2S 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill F3-1600C10-8GSQ Samsung SSD 840 EVO Samsung ST-2000 TSST DVD/BD SN-406AB 
OSMonitor
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 17" 1920×1080 60Hz 
  hide details  
Reply
Avalon
(18 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 6600k MSI H170A Gaming Pro GIGABYTE GTX1080  Kingston HyperX FURY Black 64GB DDR4 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO 120GB LG DVD/RW 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
CoolerMaster 212 Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Apple OS X El Capitan Acer AT3265 32" 1080p 60Hz 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster 192n 20" 1280x1024 75Hz AZIO Mechanical Corsair CX750 CoolerMaster CMII Advanced 
MouseAudio
E-Blue Mazer Realtek High Definition 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 3630QM MSI CZ-17 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX Patriot Memory PSD38G1600L2S 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
G.Skill F3-1600C10-8GSQ Samsung SSD 840 EVO Samsung ST-2000 TSST DVD/BD SN-406AB 
OSMonitor
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 17" 1920×1080 60Hz 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 8
Quote:
Originally Posted by Neitzluber View Post
Your CPU is bottlenecking the HD 4550.

You're better off upgrading the CPU!

Right now, if you get a better video card, you'll see no difference... the Pentium 4 simply can't handle the HD 4550's power.

I don't know about that. I had a 7600GT on a Pentium 4 system and it worked great. The 4550 is about the same performance.
Low Tide
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8Z77-V Pro EVGA GTX 670 FTW 8GB G. Skill 2133MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. C Windows X Samsung T240HD 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Ducky DK9008G2 Red Corsair TX850W V1 Corsair Carbide 300R X-Fi XtremeGamer 
  hide details  
Reply
Low Tide
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-3570K @ 4.7GHz Asus P8Z77-V Pro EVGA GTX 670 FTW 8GB G. Skill 2133MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 850 Pro 256GB Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. C Windows X Samsung T240HD 
KeyboardPowerCaseAudio
Ducky DK9008G2 Red Corsair TX850W V1 Corsair Carbide 300R X-Fi XtremeGamer 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Graphics Cards - General
Overclock.net › Forums › Graphics Cards › Graphics Cards - General › Graphics Card Upgrade?