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video card for athlon 64 build

Postby Nemo1985 » 2019-10-09 @ 10:29

I recently got an athlon 64 build.
Cpu: Amd 4600+ x2 dual core
Mb: Asus A8N32 SLI
Ram: 4 Teamgroup 512MB
Video Card: Chaintech GeForce 6600 GT

Despite having the 6600 gt, I'd like to have a powerful video card, to use it with windows xp and with low power consumption, I don't care about being period correct, since I'm going to use a ssd anyway.
I was thinking about a GTX 950, is it going to be too powerful?
Another question: I was aiming to the dfi nf4 that I had back in time but they cost too much nowadays, is this mb good to do any overclocking?

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Re: video card for athlon 64 build

Postby chinny22 » 2019-10-09 @ 11:21

You don't need something as new as the 950 but its a good idea.
as a comparison I've got a pair of GTX590's in my XP build. complete waste as SLI is disabled in XP but does mean I can run any game with full details and all the driver enhancements turned up for maximum quality and still the cards are underutilized.
Where as my 6800 Ultra or 7950 GT2's both struggle once you start enabling AA etc in the drivers.

So if you can get the GTX950 at a good price I'd say go for it. Overpowered is good. less load mans less heat and power draw plus plenty of headroom to enable all those driver enhancements.
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Re: video card for athlon 64 build

Postby Nemo1985 » 2019-10-09 @ 11:51

Thank you for the tip, I could get the 950 for less than 60 eur, but if it is really overpowered it's going to be useless...
I agree about less heat and power draw, that's why I'm going to pick a card that doesn't require any 6 or 8 pin power connector.
Also ATI\amd would be fine as well...
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Re: video card for athlon 64 build

Postby chinny22 » 2019-10-09 @ 12:52

A post from back in 2016 (when XP was finally end of life) came to a bit of a conclusion that the GTX 285 was the best price vs performance card for XP.
So if you look for something around that benchmark as a minimum as really I doubt you'll have trouble finding something more powerful for a good price.

I'm not familiar enough with ATI to make good educated recommendations on that side of the camp.
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Re: video card for athlon 64 build

Postby PC-Engineer » 2019-10-09 @ 21:18

I built a similar system, a few days ago. I have the A8N SLI Premium with an Opteron 180 (like a X2 4800+) and i combined it with two 9800GT in SLI. In most cases the CPU is the limiting factor, also with activated AA and AF.
The 9800GT (or 8800GT - it is the same!) is very cheap on ebay at moment.

Maybe it is relevant to you: On my Board i had to replace seven of 820uF and two of 1500uF (china-) caps before bringing it to work reliable.
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Re: video card for athlon 64 build

Postby Nemo1985 » 2019-10-09 @ 21:27

PC-Engineer wrote:I built a similar system, a few days ago. I have the A8N SLI Premium with an Opteron 180 (like a X2 4800+) and i combined it with two 9800GT in SLI. In most cases the CPU is the limiting factor, also with activated AA and AF.
The 9800GT (or 8800GT - it is the same!) is very cheap on ebay at moment.

Maybe it is relevant to you: On my Board i had to replace seven of 820uF and two of 1500uF (china-) caps before bringing it to work reliable.


Wow, the opteron 180 was the cpu I had back in time with the DFI, good catch!
As far as I know the system was sold as perfectly working but I will check the caps just to be sure.

The only thing i'm not sure is about the sli, I doubt it will be power efficient, also I had the 8800 back in time and despite being very thin it was hot like hell.
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Re: video card for athlon 64 build

Postby appiah4 » 2019-10-09 @ 21:51

I'd just stick a Radeon X1950OPRO in there and enjoy. If you don't mind overkill, use a Radeon HD4850 (but I would rather to use that for an AM2+ system instead..)
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Re: video card for athlon 64 build

Postby PC-Engineer » 2019-10-10 @ 19:22

The 8800GT SLI is definitely not as energy efficient, like the GTX950. The SLI gives you appr. a performance plus of 80% if the CPU is able to feed it. My system is relavively quiet with. And i drive it with an Enermax EG365 with 353W nominal power to the system, with very good power on the 12V rail (26A/312W). With an assumed efficiency of 80% it means a power of 440W from the grid.
In desktop idle it needs 170W (grid). The observed max peak is 335W (grid). Until now it is rock stable. I dont know your price per kWh, but maybe you can calculate how much time you need to cover the lower price with the higher efficiency.

I never had a SLI system before. And it is nice to have one ;)
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