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HappinessNow
August 2nd, 2010, 12:04 PM
I currently have on a 5 year old XPS Gen5; 2 ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition cards but need to upgrade for better performance, I only have 460wats

Any suggestions on what would be best for an upgrade?

LowSky
August 2nd, 2010, 01:52 PM
PCIe?

Nvidia GTX 460 (1GB version) its the best $220 card out there, but at 460 Watts your tempting fate.

If you want to keep it cheaper and less power hungry grab a Nvidia GT240 or 9600GT

Lucradia
August 2nd, 2010, 04:49 PM
PCIe?

Nvidia GTX 460 (1GB version) its the best $220 card out there, but at 460 Watts your tempting fate.

If you want to keep it cheaper and less power hungry grab a Nvidia GT240 or 9600GT

The X850 XT Platinum Edition uses PCIe x16 and DVI.

yes, the GTX series needs at least 550 watts up until 470, then for 480, you need I think 650 or more.

I would go with nvidia as well though, none of this Price > Power with ATI.

HappinessNow
August 3rd, 2010, 07:04 AM
Thanks guys, I will look at the Nvidia GT240 or 9600GT ;)

SunnyRabbiera
August 3rd, 2010, 08:30 AM
I was thinking of getting a new graphic card for this computer before giving it away so that a potential buyer will be able to use windows 7, my specs are in my sig (sorta)
I could buy a cheap graphics card for this compy if i wanted to i guess.

HappinessNow
August 3rd, 2010, 08:41 AM
Thanks guys, I will look at the Nvidia GT240 or 9600GT ;)


I was thinking of getting a new graphic card for this computer before giving it away so that a potential buyer will be able to use windows 7, my specs are in my sig (sorta)
I could buy a cheap graphics card for this compy if i wanted to i guess.

I am probably going with the Nvidia GT240, for much the same reasons, I may upgrade the hard drives to SSD also.

cascade9
August 3rd, 2010, 10:21 AM
I currently have on a 5 year old XPS Gen5; 2 ATI Radeon X850 XT Platinum Edition cards but need to upgrade for better performance, I only have 460wats

Any suggestions on what would be best for an upgrade?

Depends on what you use the cards for.

Since you're running crossfire, I would guess that you are a gamer.


I was thinking of getting a new graphic card for this computer before giving it away so that a potential buyer will be able to use windows 7, my specs are in my sig (sorta)
I could buy a cheap graphics card for this compy if i wanted to i guess.

No AGP/PCIe slots on that computer, so the 'cheap' cards are out (from everything I've ever seen, you will pay at least twice as much for a PCI vieo card, compared to the PCIe version.

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00361570&tmp_task=prodinfoCategory&lc=en&dlc=&cc=us&lang=&product=1817038

I wish that the corporate computer manufacturers had never started with the 'cut down ' crap motherboards, just to save a few cents on AGP or PCIe slots......

HappinessNow
August 3rd, 2010, 10:41 AM
Depends on what you use the cards for.

Since you're running crossfire, I would guess that you are a gamer.

do you have suggestions for gaming at that output?

cascade9
August 3rd, 2010, 11:43 AM
GTS250 would probably be the best choice...a fair bit more power than a GT 240, and should deal with a 460watt power supply pretty well

IIRC, the X850 XT uses about 70watts, a 800GT {the earlier version of the GTS250 GPU} about 80watts, so power consumption should go down a fair bit. You might be able to get a GTX260 going, but that is starting to get risky IMO. GTX4XX is right out.