In need of a new video card

By buncu
Nov 9, 2008
  1. Hello, I would like a video card that is able to run games like Fallout 3, Dead Space, Mass Effect, etc. I am currently using a Raedon x300.

    My budget is around 100-150 dollars. With a power supply of 18.0 amps(not sure about the power supply)

    Motherboard -
    Manufacturer : Dell Inc.
    Model : OM3918

    Graphic Interface-
    Version : PCI-Express
    Link Width : x16
    Max. Supported : x16

    Type : DDR2
    Size: 1024 MBytes
    Channels# : Dual

    Name : Intel Pentium 4 520
    Core Speed : 2793.0 MHz

    Power Supply-
    Maker : Dell
    Model : NP5-305BB C
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    Your PSU has a total of 22A on the +12V rails, which is enough for any card upto an 8600GTS. I'd recommend the HD 4670 as a nice pick.
  3. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Unfortunately, if the power supply only supports 18amps on the +12v rail, it's going to hold you back as far as graphics potential goes. If I were you, I would upgrade to at least a 500w power supply with at least 30amps on the +12v rail. The reason is, a 9800GT sells for around $100 so you could use the little bit of extra cash for a better power supply. Those three games you listed should run pretty good with a single 9800GT at lower resolutions (1280 x 1024 or lower). If you don't want to spend quite as much, you could always go with a 9600GT instead, which would run the games almost as good.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,431   +28

    The current PSU is a 305W unit with 22A total on the +12V rails, that is split between two rails that can handle a maximum of 18A each.

    But yeah, if you're spending $150, you can grab a nice PSU like the Antec Earthwatts EA500 for $50, and an HD 4830 for around $100 or so after rebate. It's a better card than the 9800GT, but if you can't spend more than $150, the 9800GT is not that bad a choice either. And EXCellR8 is right in suggesting the 9600GT, which can be had for under $100 after rebates. But all these will need you to get a new PSU. The HD 4670 will not require a new PSU and can also be had for under $100.

    It's your choice entirely.
  5. buncu

    buncu TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for all the help, i think i'm gonna buy a new PSU and the hd 4830. I found the power supply at for about $50.00 and currently searching where to buy the video card. thanks again
  6. tastegw

    tastegw TS Enthusiast Posts: 188

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