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Can I replace my Nvidia 6150se witha Nvidia 8400 Geforce gt

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October 6, 2011 2:01:58 PM

Can I replace my Nvidia 6150se witha Nvidia 8400 Geforce gt on a emachines 1200-05w?

The Specs are
896 MB Ram
160 GB HDD
1GB DDR
Nvidia 6150se
8x CD-RW DVD-R LightScribe Drive

Thanks for any help.
a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 2:07:41 PM

If you get a half-hight card should work. Although your RAM and overall system would be slow anyway. You may want to look at purchasing a used dual-core system instead of spending money on a new video card. http://reviews.cnet.com/eMachines_EL1200_05w/4505-3118_...

As you can see, your system is the slowest of the model range it was made to be in.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 2:07:55 PM

I do not believe so, the 6150se isn't a graphics card it's an integrated chip on the motherboard, and I don't think your PC even has any expansion slots.
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October 6, 2011 2:12:47 PM

hang-the-9 said:
If you get a half-hight card should work. Although your RAM and overall system would be slow anyway. You may want to look at purchasing a used dual-core system instead of spending money on a new video card. http://reviews.cnet.com/eMachines_EL1200_05w/4505-3118_...

As you can see, your system is the slowest of the model range it was made to be in.


I own the 8400 gt already from a computer thats powersupply died.
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October 6, 2011 2:28:33 PM

Where can I find a used dual core system?
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a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 2:29:19 PM

joeman99 said:
I own the 8400 gt already from a computer thats powersupply died. Where can I find a used dual core system?


Depends on where you live. Craigslist, ebay, etc...

You may need to hunt around for a good seller though, many people in craigslist are just trying to resell computers and parts that are crashing on them. I've gotten good things, and crap off there. An older model dual-core should run a bit over $100. Just make sure you see it running, and not just that, load up a game or 2 in it for a bit to make sure it stays running.

Everything I sell on craigslist I run though several torture tests and do a disk scan on, probably not a lot on there do that though.
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October 6, 2011 2:30:58 PM

Do you know any cheap half hight cards with a PCI connection, I'm not willing to risk any money on craigslist.
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October 6, 2011 2:40:03 PM

Would the 8400 GT fit into the emachine?
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a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 2:43:16 PM

There are no good half height (or full height) PCI video cards, you could spend 75 bucks on a 6200 but it's not going to be much better than what you've got.

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a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 2:46:48 PM

joeman99 said:
Would the 8400 GT fit into the emachine?

I am 99% sure the answer is NO. The specs for your emachine do not list any expansion slots.
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October 6, 2011 3:01:59 PM

benski said:
There are no good half height (or full height) PCI video cards, you could spend 75 bucks on a 6200 but it's not going to be much better than what you've got.


Does the 6200 have a PCI or AGP connection?
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a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 3:05:01 PM

And to be clear I'm not recommending you buy that card, I'm just using it as an example of how crappy the PCI video card selection is.
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October 6, 2011 3:08:09 PM

benski said:
And to be clear I'm not recommending you buy that card, I'm just using it as an example of how crappy the PCI video card selection is.


I'll Probably just pop open the case to see whats in there to work with, Thanks a lot for your help.

By the way if the card does fit, how do I manage to install it with the unremovable 6150se?
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a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 3:16:12 PM

Stick it in and see if it boot, then install the driver from nivida.com if it does ;) 

You may have to change a setting in your bios to tell it where to look first for a graphics card, assuming there is a slot...


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October 6, 2011 3:18:03 PM

Thanks.
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October 6, 2011 3:18:15 PM

Best answer selected by joeman99.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 4:21:49 PM

There are not a lot these days http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

Can maybe find more on Amazon or Ebay. But your computer has a PCIe slot also, the issue maybe with the space around it. You'd need to open your case and see how much room you have to add the video card in it.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 4:26:06 PM

^Look at the picture of his box with the case open in the CNET review you linked to, there are no expansion slots at all on that motherboard.
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a b Î Nvidia
October 6, 2011 4:35:23 PM

benski said:
^Look at the picture of his box with the case open in the CNET review you linked to, there are no expansion slots at all on that motherboard.


I see a 1x PCIe slot, but the text states "The EL1200-05w has slots for a half-height PCI Express video card and a half-height PCI Express x1 card", so who knows. The image does not show anything usable, but it may be a sample picture.

I'd stick with my idea of a used Dual-Core but he's right about it being a risk.
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October 6, 2011 6:23:58 PM

One important fact to keep in mind here -


His system doesn't have an x16 PCI-E slot. It has (1) low profile x1 slot, that's it.


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