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#1 cookmiester

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 03:00 PM

Well, for christmas, im getting one of these pc's because its cheap. AMD Phenom X4 64 bit processor. 4gb ram, 455gb hard drive. And WIN 7. Anyway, apparently it only comes with a measly 300w psu. So, what would graphics could i upgrade it to, that is better than the X1200 Radeon card it comes with. I have read you can actually throw in a Radeon 5570 and it will run great. Any help would be good, cheers.

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 03:43 AM

Any ideas guys?

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 12:43 AM

It depends on what you are going to be using this PC for and whether or not you would be willing to upgrade the power supply. According to some of the listings on Newegg, most of the 5570's require 400W power supplies. A 5450 will work with with 350W PSU's. Both require PCI-E X16 slots to work.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 03:44 AM

I was hoping to run games at decent settings and performance, but trying to keep the psu as it is. Im looking at the 9800GT Green Edition.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:57 AM

Not a great answer........it all depends.

The 9800GT Green pulls 75 watts (NVidia watts), but all of it from the PCI-E slot as there are no addl connectors on it.

If everything performs to spec, then that video card should work in your system. Just realize that card is pulling 75 watts from a slot specced for 75 watts max. If that cheapie Foxconn board is built correctly, to spec, then it should work OK. For how long, no idea.
Notice the amount of "if-then" statements above.

As far as you stock PSU, I do not know if it will take the load. This one tried a stock 9800 and got problems:
http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/791479-adding-new-graphics-card-advent.html

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 11:00 AM

Hmm, i think i may just get an upgrade to my psu, and then, i can get a better card than them i suppose. One more option ive been told is a Radeon 4670

EDIT: I did a psu test to see what the wattage would be. Looks like the 4670 would run! Here's what i put in on the calculator.

A quad core is still 1 physical CPU, so, 1 physical cpu= Phenom X4 9550 2.2ghz
motherboard regular
90%TDP
2 sticks of DDR2 ram (I think it has 2 2gb sticks)
Radeon 4670
Single Card
Standard SATA Drive
1 CD-DVD-RW Drive
3 USB Devices
90% System Load Recommended

This all came to a not bad at all 258 Watts

So, looking at this, it should be safe to run the 4670?

Another edit (really sorry) : It says that if i run a standard 9600GT, i'll pull only 278 Watts.

Edited by cookmiester, 19 November 2010 - 11:02 AM.


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Posted 20 November 2010 - 12:49 AM

Manufacturers for the Radeon 4670 require 400W and for the 9600 GT, Nvidia suggests 400W. Although you may be able to get away with a 350W PSU, it is still uncertain since no PSU's operate at their advertised levels of wattage. A Radeon 4550 would work but none of these cards will offer a great gaming experience with current titles.

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 04:36 AM

After looking at the thread again, will get the PSU upgraded when i get the computer i think. Don't want to waste time getting a card, and finding out it doesn't work. Cheers guys.




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