Hey guys just started to do some PC gaming, and i think it's time to upgrade my graphics card. It overheats when i try to play games like Fallout: New Vegas on high settings. My power supply is 350 watts. At the moment i have a Nvidia Geforce 9600 gs. I would be much appreciated if you guys could help me find a graphics card compatible with my specs so i can play on the highest graphic settings. Much appreciated!
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6002) Service Pack 2 (6002.vistasp2_gdr.120402-0336)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: KZ854AV-ABA m9300t
BIOS: BIOS Date: 05/06/09 11:31:10 Ver: 5.39
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz
Memory: 4094MB RAM
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DirectX Version: DirectX 11
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The 7770 has a max draw of 80 watts, while the older 8500gs has a max draw of 50 watts. The 9600gs has a max draw of 90 watts.
Point here is that you can’t go by the recommended system specs on Newegg. You have to find a review of the actual video card to see how much power it will draw.
The 7700 is around $ 120 it has the best performance per dollar ratio and it will work in your PC with no problem. It is also available in a 1 slot, or a 2 slot.
I promise you, if you plug a wattage monitor like a kil-a-wat into the outlet that that quad core is running on your whole computer is only drawing 150watts at max load. Add in 80 more for the new video card and your at a max draw of 230. Well below the rating of 350.