I'm looking for the best graphics card this computer can handle without having to upgrade it's 400 watt power supply.
I'd also like to note that upon opening the case I only saw one 4-pin power connector opposed to the 6-pin ones required for most cards. Do these cards come with some kind of adapter or will I need to buy it separately?
Any insight is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.
That does indeed look like a big upgrade. Discounted price, free shipping, lifetime warranty. Great find. But I noticed that the PSU requirement is 350w, couldn't I get something stronger with a 400w requirement? I also saw that there are other 9800 GT's with 1gig memory, wouldn't that be better?
I'm a little disappointed though, is this the best my computer can take? I'd like to add that I do quite a bit of gaming. I understand that I limit my options by not upgrading the PSU but that's because I plan to build something better and I'd like to save for that.
The 9800GT is not powerful enough to noticeably gain from 1GB ram over 512Mb.
If your PSU has 24amps or more on the +12 volt rail you can run a card like this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... IT would require 2 x 4 pin molex from your PSU to be adapted into one 6 pin PCIe connector. Being a Gateway I am hesitant on recommending HD5750 card which is a great card but people have had issues with some older OEM systems with the HD5xxx cards.
You can put a jumper lead from maybe a hdd power connection to get the other connection to the adapter that comes with the card (most likely that card is going to be fine connected with 1 4 pin molex to the adapter).
No, it will need both. Although rolli's answer would solve the problem. The 5770 uses about 100w at full load, about 78w at normal 3D use. The PCIe socket supplies 75 watts, the additional 25w needed would probably be handled by the single 4 pin.
Unsure if you've found a card, but this is a decent one also for the price. It only requires 400 watts to run also. It also comes with a converter I believe that turns 2 molex into the 16x 6 pin(?). So you would be set.