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Windows 7: Good GFX cards?

25 Dec 2009   #11
xXINSANELOSERXx

Windows XP Professional SP 2
 
 

Ok......so basically what I need to do is buy a new PC perhaps? Or are there other alternatives.


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25 Dec 2009   #12
ThePizzaMan

Windows 7 Ulitimate Beta 32 Bit, Windows Vista 32 Bit, Ubuntu 9.10 32 Bit
 
 

hm.... actually you'd be best to build you a new rig you'd be much happier, and their might be.... but not any that i can think of
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26 Dec 2009   #13
smarteyeball

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xXINSANELOSERXx View Post
Is there a good card out there that I can use with a dual monitor setup and play great games on?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xXINSANELOSERXx View Post
Ok......so basically what I need to do is buy a new PC perhaps? Or are there other alternatives.
It depends on your definition of 'great games'. if great games means newer/latest games, then yes, you'd basically need a new PC.

You could save a few dollars by recycling a few parts (case, drives etc) and build the rest yourself if you are comfortable with that.

Otherwise a new 'pre-built' machine would be the way to go.
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26 Dec 2009   #14
kpo6969

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Two things wrong with that card in that computer,

1. That Dell will severely bottleneck that card and keep it from running anywhere near its full potential. Really need a decent dual core (quad better) to get the most from a card like that.

2. You will definitely need a new power supply if you get that card as I really don't think the 350W in the 8400 is up to running that card.
1. Very true

2. 350 continious watts w/ 28amps on the 12v rails

HD5750 might be a better option (128bit bus)
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03 Jan 2010   #15
xXINSANELOSERXx

Windows XP Professional SP 2
 
 

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03 Jan 2010   #16
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

The 4890s require a MIN of 500W PSU and 2 75W PCI-E connections FYI

they are very good cards, but as others have suggested, it would be severly bottlenecked even if you meet the power req.

The XPS shows :
Power
375 W standard
425 W available on select configurations

You might be OK with a 4670, but I do not know for sure. Depends what PSU you have.

If you m ust upgrade the PSU,, possibly consider just going with something like a 4850 ..

4670s recommend 400W
4850s recommend 450W and would offer better performance. Or the 5750 as suggested earl;ier .. same Power req.
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03 Jan 2010   #17
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

If you don't have a manual for the XPS 420, I suggest that you download it from support.dell.com.

The 420 has a single PCI-E X16 graphics card slot. (I suppose that it's not Version 2, but I doubt that's important.) It had either a 375W or 425W PSU. The 375W supply has a single 6 pin PCI-E power cable. The 425W has two.

The Radeon 4670 is a midrange card. It gets all of its power through the PCI-E slot. It should work in the XPS 420.

You may be able to use the newer Radeon 5770. It requires a single PCI-E 6 pin power connector. It appears to be a significantly better card than a 4670. (It also costs a lot more.) The 5000 series is the latest technology, though, and supports DirectX 11.

There are more powerful cards yet. The biggest monster at the moment is the Radeon 5970, which is basically two 5870 cards in crossfire in a package that fits in a single PCI-E slot. Like other high-end cards, it needs an 8 pin PCI-E power connector (specified to provide up to 150W), plus one 6 pin (75W). The minimum recommended PSU for one of these is 650W. It also lists for over $600US, and www.newegg.com is out of stock on all versions.
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03 Jan 2010   #18
rvbfan

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Another thing is that card may just plain not fit in your case. Last couple
of generations of cards, are on the large side for anything over entry
mid range level.
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04 Jan 2010   #19
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvbfan View Post
Another thing is that card may just plain not fit in your case. Last couple
of generations of cards, are on the large side for anything over entry
mid range level.
I think this is a good thought as we all know OEM's have ways to keep you from upgrading one of them is having cases,power supplies and other components made just for them. And as we know these new cards are 10-11 inches long.
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04 Jan 2010   #20
Fumz

7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Never mind about the power supply's rated output; that's almost irrelevant... what you need to look for is high amperage on the +12 volt rail. If you want to run a modern graphics card, then don't consider anything under 34 amps on the +12 and don't bother with dual rail psu's. Choose a psu with a strong single rail and you'll be a happy camper.
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