What graphics card should I get? XW4600 Workstation

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  1. tanner314

    tanner314 Master Guru

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    I want to get a new graphics card, but the thing is I don't want to connect the power supply to my graphics card, I would rather just put it in and done. Here are my specs:
    XW4600 Workstation-485W
    Core 2 Duo E6850 3.0ghz
    4 GB ram
    Sapphire Radeon HD 3600 series

    I would like to get a little better performance boost for gaming. I can already play Crysis in 1080p on medium with little lag, but I want less lag. If there are any recommendations other than upgrading to a new computer please tell me. Also the slot for the Graphics card is PCI-E 2.1 x16 compatible. The max the PCI-E slot can handle is 75W if I'm wrong correct me.My limit is < $70

    These are the cards I have been looking at:
    Radeon HD 5670-61 W
    Radeon HD 7770-55W (over $70 though :/)
    Radeon HD 6670 GDDR5-66W
    Please give me some recommendations. Thanks
     
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  2. HamsterCrispy

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    First of all since you stated that
    I don't think the HD 7770 meets your criteria since it needs 1 x 6-pin power connector and its well over $100, more like $150.

    Its the HD 7750 that doesn't need a power connector so might as well take a look at that too. But it costs about $110 so its still above your budget.

    The 5670 and the 6670 are more or less the same in terms of performance since both are low end cards, really not good for gaming IMO but a better upgrade than your current HD 3600

    Are you only open to Radeon cards? Why not try and take at look at some Nvidia cards too..
    The GT 220, GT 430, and GT 440 are good performers for their price..
     
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  3. tanner314

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    Thanks for replying and I really meant the 7750 not the 7770.
    I never really thought too much about Nvidia Cards. I think the 6670 is the perfect card, not too overly priced, not too bad of a card, again not the best for gaming, but not too bad. I will check out some Nvidia cards. I found a couple $69.99 Free shipping on ebay 1GB memory.

    Edit: The GT 440 looks great and for a good price!
    check this out:
    http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=643&card2=654

    Above is the comparison of the Radeon HD 6670 and the Nvidia GT 440 DDR5

    I found a Zotac GEFORCE GT 440 1GB DDR3 for $50 is that a good deal?
     
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    Sorry for double posting. Should I get the GT 440 DDR3 for $50 or the GT 440 DDR5 for $65
     

  5. HamsterCrispy

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    The GT 440 is a great performer and is dubbed as the high range card of the low end ones. It runs great when paired with a good CPU.

    The GT 440 is one of the fastest cards that doesnt require a power connector.
    Definitely get the GT 440. The GT 430 is only the DX11 version of the GT 220. The GT 440 has DDR5 memory and has a higher core clock speed. Definitely worth $65.

    Be careful and make sure that you get the GDDR5 version of the GT 440, since there are also GDDR3 versions of it.

    Im not pushing you, its just a suggestion. Try to look for more reviews and comparisons before getting the GT 440.

    The only downside I see in the GT 440 is its cooling system. It has a very small heat sink fan. The card runs hot without proper case ventilation.

    And be advised that I dont know the Radeon counterpart of the GT 440 since Im not into Radeon cards.
     
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    6670 ddr5
     
  7. tanner314

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    It is a pretty good price for the GT 440 DDR5. If I can I will try to get the Radeon HD 6670, but the only difference between the Radeon HD is it has higher FLOPS at 768 GFLOPS and the memory bandwidth at 28.8GB/s, it also costs much more, even the DDR3. I think I will buy the GT 440 DDR5 for $65
     
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    Memory bandwith on the GT 440 DDR5 is 51.7 GB/s with clock speeds of 810 mhz on the core clock :thumbup:
     

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