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#1 ruphus

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:22 PM

I was given an old EMachines T2385.I recently upgraded CPU to P4 2.80 (fastest possible for MB FSB of 400).I would like to know what is the best video card I could install.
I have been looking at nvidea 8400 and ati 4350 which one would be best?
Note; PCI only not express.
P.S. Yes I realize this is an old machine,but for $50-&75 why not play a little
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:39 PM

the 4350 is the better rated card, however, and this is likely gonna be an issue with either choice, is that the PSU on that old emachines may not be powerful enough to handle the cards. What is the wattage and the amperage on the +12v rail on the PSU-there should be a sticker on the side of the PSU stating the stats.

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:48 PM

I am willing to cross the PSU bridge when I come to it.I have a few lying around.
I would just like to know what GPU is best.
I have also found out that I can get Nvidea 9400 in PCI.
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 04:48 PM

For either the 9400 or the 4350 you will need a minimum 300 watt PSU, and a solid one at that, not a cheapie. If you decide to go nvidia, if there is a huge price difference between the 9400 and the 8400 get the one thats cheapest-they are essentiall the same card, with the 9xxx series NVIDIA basically just took the 8xxx series and spruced them up a bit and re released them with a new name in order to buy them more time to make a card that could compete with ATIs 3xxx series, so you wont really see much of a performance boost between the 8400 and the 9400. If theyre roughly the same price (like a couple dollars difference) or the 9400s cheaper buy it, but if the 8400 is significantly cheaper, then I would go that route, youll get the same card for less essentially. Keep in mind though these are all budget cards and will perform like budget cards, but between the three, the 4350 will outperform either the 8400 or the 9400.

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Posted 02 July 2010 - 05:06 PM

@ the patriot09, thank you very much for helpful reply's.
ATI it is.
Thanks again!
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