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nVidia 8400 GS Questions


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#1 sausage

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 04:09 AM

So I was looking for a replacement video card for my dad's desktop and ran across an nVidia 8400 GS made by MSI for 30 bucks. I currently have a 6600 GT with a dead fan, so it's a time bomb, but I need something I can slip in without my dad noticing, i.e. little to no performance drops preferably.

So is blowing 30 bucks on an 8400GS worth it or should I stick with the 6600 and hope it doesn't die before I go back to college?

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 08:36 AM

the cheapest one is buy a new fan for your old VGA.
but it's your choice to decide, buy a new vga or a new fan.

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Posted 17 July 2011 - 04:38 PM

Easiest would be the new video card-I dont do a lot of NVIDIA cards, so performance wise I cant say for certain, but I would think that since the 8400 is two series newer then the 6600, that it should outperform the 6600 with no problem.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:45 AM

@abauw

I'm not comfortable replacing a fan on a video card. I removed and replaced the fan on the video card I have, but ordering/checking compatability, etc. isn't something I want to do.

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Sounds good :)

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:57 AM

Hopefully your power supply has enough juice to power the card up.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 12:59 AM

Heh, I don't think it should be that big of a deal.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 01:05 AM

Not enough juice equals not powering up or fireworks going off in your house :mellow:

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 06:10 PM

theres some truth to that-I would think you would likely need a good 450-500 watt PSU to power the 8400 to be on the safe side. its not power hungry, but will consume more then a integrated card, or the 6600 will.

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