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Old 09-01-2011, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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so I was playing Gothic 3, when it froze and I soon got the blue screen of death, when I tried reinstalling windows the whole screen looked weird, about a third of the pixels on the screen were off by centimeters. anyway, it didn't install correctly. once I removed the card though everything worked fine, though I'm not sure how a video card could effect the installation of an OS.

In any case, that probably means my NVIDIA 7600GS is done for. not a wonderful card I know, but I don't have the money to pay thousands for a high end gaming rig. I keep seeing NVIDIA 9400 models at best buy for a similar price (i think i paid a little under 75$ for the one I had)

any idea's for video card's between 60$ to 90$ price range that would be as good if not better? (preferably better)

here are my specs, so I don't get something that's overkill for my processor -
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3800+ ~2.40 GHz
System RAM: 2.5 GB
OS: Windows Vista Home Basic 32-bit
Video Card: crappy NVIDIA 6250 integrated card (until I get a new one)

the old card doesn't look fried though, do you think it's fixable or something? I'm guessing no, but its worth a shot to ask

also, I'm talking about USD, if you're from outside the US
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Default Re: Is an NVidia 9400 as good as/better than a Nvidia 7600GS?

Need to know what power supply you're using, specifically the wattage, and amperage on the 12v rail.
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Id say keep the money and save up for a new rig! I just sold a PC similar to yours (less RAM, 3 Gig CPU) for 70... I dont know the conversion rate but im guessing thats roughly what ur looking to spend on just a GPU, then you have to consider that there could be something wrong with the GFX slot on the MB, which means replacing that...
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How do I find out what my power supply is? it's been a while since I've seriously dug around inside computer guts

also, just checked google, 70 is about 113$us
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Generally when u take the side panel off of ur PC, the Wattage will be written on the side of the PSU along with the make.
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it say's on the bottom max power output 250w above that their's a bunch of different voltages written

hmm, maybe it would be better to just buy a new pc. not many video cards that run under 250w
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it say's on the bottom max power output 250w above that their's a bunch of different voltages written

hmm, maybe it would be better to just buy a new pc. not many video cards that run under 250w
Very true. Those that can run on 250W are on the bottom rungs of the power scale.
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