Help on upgrading HP m9300t Graphics Card

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
Page File: 3908MB used, 4454MB available
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DxDiag Version: 7.00.6002.18107 32bit Unicode

Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GS
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 9600 GS
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0623&SUBSYS_90151B0A&REV_A1
Display Memory: 2541 MB
Dedicated Memory: 749 MB
Shared Memory: 1791 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
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  1. Your main problem is that unless you upgrade your PSU, you won't be able to upgrade to a video card that will play at those high settings.
  2. Ok, sorry im new at this. Well what's the best graphic card you think I can get on 350w?
  3. you should be able to comfortably run a hd 7750-
  4. I would look at the HD 7770. It will actually draw less power than your 9600gs and is twice as fast.
  5. I only have space for a one slot video card i believe. You guys think my card's just overheating cause it's drawing too much power. I don't want to get a new card and have that overheat too.
  6. How do you know its overheating? Are you using afterburner or gpuz or something to reveiw the temps? Can you post the temps?

    Most overheating is caused by dirty dusty computers, or old worn out fans. Check to make sure the inside of the PC is clean. Then check to make sure the fans are spinning.
  7. Cleaned computer, replaced fan on card. I use the EVGA Precision program, and when im playing games, the GPU gets up to 100 celsius or over!
  8. Yah 100 is overheating. Was it doing that before the new fan?
  9. bucknutty said:
    Yah 100 is overheating. Was it doing that before the new fan?

    Ya it was overheating before I replaced the card fan. If I got a card that drew less power would it not overheat? If so, what th most powerful card that draws the less amount of power?
  10. The 7770 draws around 80 watts and runs around 60-70. That would be a good fit and it would be much faster than the 9500gs.
  11. Ok, I have a 9600 gs though.
  12. oh and, is that a two slot card? only have room for one slot
  13. the 7770 needs a Minimum of a 450 Watt power supply.I have the same exact setup but my card is a 9500gs I'm also having big trouble finding a compatible card.
  14. Or you can get a 460 w.psu direct from hp for around 86.63
  15. 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.
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