Upgrade 9400 GT Help!

Currently have a 9400 GT and want to upgrade to 9800 gt ( if i can )
but kind of a noob at everything
here are my specs

Windows Home Basic SP2
Acer
System Model: ASM1610/VTM261
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2140 @1.60GHz (2 CPUs), ~1.6GHz
Memory: 2046MB RAM
PCU : 500 W

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 9400 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0641&SUBSYS_095B19F1&REV_A1
Display Memory: 1267 MB
Dedicated Memory: 499 MB
Shared Memory: 767 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name: nvd3dum.dll,nvwgf2um.dll,nvwgf2um.dll
Driver Version: 8.17.0012.9610 (English)
DDI Version: 10
BGRA Supported: Yes
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 2/29/2012 16:59:00, 15009600 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes

my 9400 burnt out not looking for a huge upgrade.. 9800 GT being the MAX i was going to get the 9800 but then i read it has different cables (im a huge noob at this so) ty
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  1. yup 9800GT needs one 6 pin power connector from the power supply. if you have good power supply (non generic) then you have nothing to worry about. in case you psu doesn't have 6 pin power connector you can use 4pin to 6 pin molex. sometimes the molex were bundled together when you purchase the gpu.

    another choice would be 5670 which almost equal to 9800GT in performance but does not need 6 pin. but you have to be careful either to get the one with pci-e 2.0 or pci-e 2.1 standards. cards with pci-e 2.1 have known problem with old mobo with pci-e version 1.1. if your mobo does comes with x16 pci-e 2.0 then there is nothing to worry about
  2. Yah I would suggest going for the 6670 as well.It actually consumes 40 watts less than the 9800GT while keeping pace if not surpassing it depending on the game.
  3. ^+1

    Hadn't really thought about 3.0 cards and 1.0 slots though,lol.
  4. will the card not bottlenecked by his 1.6ghz cpu?
  5. It's like borderline bottlenecking.But the fact that it's a dual core is the only reason why it doesn't.
  6. yeah my pc isnt very good at all i only need a minor upgrade becuase my 9400 burned out i only need somthing to last me a few months (for diablo 3 even if i run 20 fps) becuase in a few months im buying a pure gaming pc

    and how do i check if my psu has 6 pins?

    i am leaning towards the 5670 or the 9500-9800 gts or gt 240
    but im a huge noob will these cards work for my pc?
  7. You don't need to worry about it.You wouldn't want anything that requires addtional power because it's probably going to get bottlenecked anyway.

    I would suggest getting the 6670.It's very light on power(only 10 watts more than your 9400GT)and it beats almost all of those cards.It's about tied with the 9800GT but it consumes a lot less power so it's a way better deal.

    But be sure to get a 2.0 card to avoid any complications with your motherboard.

    Here's a 6670/2.0.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1734309&CatId=3669
  8. Quote:
    Why dont you start building that Gaming PC now ? :hello:

    im currently 17 years old will be done school soon.
    don't have any money until July-august when i have time to work and buy a custom PC
  9. purple stank said:
    You don't need to worry about it.You wouldn't want anything that requires addtional power because it's probably going to get bottlenecked anyway.

    I would suggest getting the 6670.It's very light on power(only 10 watts more than your 9400GT)and it beats almost all of those cards.It's about tied with the 9800GT but it consumes a lot less power so it's a way better deal.

    But be sure to get a 2.0 card to avoid any complications with your motherboard.

    Here's a 6670/2.0.

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1734309&CatId=3669


    thanks i have a PCI slot but will PCI-E work ? sry huge noob
  10. Do you have a PCI-E x16 slot?

    Was your 9400GT a PCI or PCI-E card?

    Is it possible for you to take a picture of the motherboard and post it? Because i'm not finding anything on your mobo.
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