Upgrade Radeon 9600 -HD 3650

Dell / Optiplex gx270...
July 2, 2009 at 13:09:52
Specs: Windows XP Home Edition, Intel P4 2.8Ghz/1024Mb
How much of a performance increase will i see
if I upgrade my Sapphire Radeon 9600
(128mb) to an HIS or VisionTek HD 3650.

I usually play CS:S (40-60fps) 1024*768 all on
high,

and Garry's Mod (10-30fps) 1024*768 all on
high.

Is it worth the upgrade or should I get another
card, I'm open to suggestions.

Manufacturer: Dell computer corporation
Model: Optiplex gx270
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional CPU/Ram: 2.793 GHz / 1022 MB
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro (128mb)


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#1
July 2, 2009 at 13:36:03
The HD3650 will definitely be an improvement. But unlike the 9600, The HD3650 requires an additional power connection. Some use a 4-pin floppy plug, some use a 4-pin molex/hard drive plug. Double check that you have a plug available & that your power supply wattage/amperage specs are enough to handle the new card.

Radeon HD 3650's @ newegg.com


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#2
July 3, 2009 at 08:53:23
Thanks. I have the proper connections, but I'm not sure if my
PSU is powerful enough, it's only a 250W, but I have a spare that
is 350W that I can put in, and if I really have to I will buy a cheap
one.

Do you have any suggestion for which brand I should choose?
I'm leaning towards VisionTek or Sapphire, what do you think?

Manufacturer: Dell computer corporation
Model: Optiplex gx270
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional CPU/Ram: 2.793 GHz / 1022 MB
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro (128mb)


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#3
July 3, 2009 at 10:33:58
You have an older system so try to get off as cheaply as possible. Your 250W PSU *may* be OK , IF it's a good one. Is it the factory HP unit? What about the 350W? What brand is it? Compare the amperage specs between the two.

"I'm leaning towards VisionTek or Sapphire, what do you think?"

Either should be OK. Make sure they both have the same specs for the GPU core & memory speeds. If they do, go with the cheaper. If there's only a couple of bucks difference, go by the color. lol


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#4
July 3, 2009 at 10:40:57
The 250W is the standard Dell PSU that came with the
computer. I have no idea what brand the other one is, but I know
that there is 16A on the 12V rail for both of them. The only
difference is one is 250W, the other is 350W.

I think I'll go with the Sapphire, it looks better than the VisionTek
and my current Sapphire has worked really well.

Thanks for your help, I'll get this card soon.

Manufacturer: Dell computer corporation
Model: Optiplex gx270
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Professional CPU/Ram: 2.793 GHz / 1022 MB
Video Card: ATI Radeon 9600 Pro (128mb)


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