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Old 03-23-2009, 01:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Which Video Card 9600GT or 4670?

I know that there are much better video cards out there, but I am not looking to break the bank, and am not an Overclocker and not a gamer, so just looking for something that will cover my basic computer needs and cost around $75.00.

Planning on an Intel build....main components:
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0GHZ 6M L2 Cache 1333MHZ FSB LGA775
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX
OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 64-Bit OEM
PSU: Corsair 650W TX Series
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Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 32MB Cache 7200 RPM Sata 2
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Default Re: Which Video Card 9600GT or 4670?

If you don't overclock or game at all, you might just want to get a motherboard with onboard graphics. But if you want to go with either of those, I'd recommend the 4670.

Btw, how come you're going for such a powerful power supply if you're not going to be using a powerful card? A 500W would do that build fine and save you $30-40.
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Default Re: Which Video Card 9600GT or 4670?

Both cards are roughly the same performance. But I'd go with the 4670 which is cheaper:
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R467D3-512I Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Supports HDMI output too.
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Default Re: Which Video Card 9600GT or 4670?

Thanks guys....great information as always....and a great deal on the Gigabyte card. As for my bigger PSU, well, I guess for $30-$40 I consider it worth it for not having issues now and being more "future-proof"

Any other issues/suggestions for my build?

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Looks like your optical drive is out of stock. You can pick this one up:
Newegg.com - SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - CD / DVD Burners

And it comes to $22 free shipping with this promo code EMCLPNR37
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Unless you are going to be adding more components at a later date (bigger video cards, etc...), that PSU is a bit of overkill.

If you are not a gamer at all you could consider dropping to a good onboard chipset or a weaker dedicated card. The 4670 is a great low budget card, but if you don't game it is almost overkill.

Otherwise, it is a decent build and will give you some good performance.
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I'd go with the 4670, it should work excellent with that PSU. If you are going to be doing some hardcore gaming I would recommend getting the 4850 at least.
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