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Upgrade GeForce 8400GS Budget 400$

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December 9, 2012 7:03:09 PM

hi i am looking for a graphic card to run games like (Dishonerd , Skyrem , Farcry3 ,AC3, etc ........)

my budget is 400$

and my System hardware :

Motherboard:
CPU: QuadCore Intel Core i7-2600, 3500 MHz (35 x 100)
Motherboard Name: MSI H67MA-E45 (MS-7678)IEEE-1394)
System Memory: 8173 MB (DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM){

DIMM1: Kingston 99U5403-034.A00LF 4 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM (8-8-8-22 @ 609 MHz) (7-7-7-20 @ 533 MHz) (6-6-6-17 @ 457 MHz)

DIMM 2: the same
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Display:
Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS (1024 MB)
Monitor Sony TV 21" LED

Power source : all i remember it cost about 80$ like a year ago and it is 300w or something
and its powering 3 Hard Disks 1TB each

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December 9, 2012 7:11:28 PM

First of all, you would need a better PSU to run most graphics cards today. But since you have such a generous budget, its easy to fit that in. I would suggest the Corsair Builder series 600 Watt (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)

With the rest of the money, I would suggest either the 7950 or if you can spend a little more the 670.
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December 9, 2012 7:12:49 PM

Here's what I would suggest, first, get a new power supply. Something by Seasonic, XFX, NZXT, Corsair would be fine, but make sure it's around 600W and higher with a single rail and bronze (or higher) efficiency. Then, since you already have a Nvidia card, grab an AMD card with the remaining money. You should have around $300 dollars so grab a 7970 or 7870 depending on sales. The reason I suggest an AMD card is because you can use both of the cards in your system, the AMD for graphics and the NVidia for handling any Physx things. There are various tutorials on how to do this, and its really useful for games like Borderlands 2.
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a c 329 U Graphics card
December 9, 2012 8:13:37 PM

AFAIK PhysX needs a 9xxx or later card, but the point is moot anyway, the 8400 is far too weak for that use.
@ m2300: That PSU needs replacing if it's only 300W. For maximum compatibality you should aim for a unit with at least one 8 pin and one 6 pin PCI-E connectors (dual 8 pin for preference) and 550 to 600 Watts output. Stick to the better names: Corsair, Seasonic, Pc Power and Cooling, OCZ and Antec.
And to play Devils Advocate against Sunius ;)  I'll suggest the HD7950, it's less expensive than the GTX670, but of similar performancce so you can get an uprated PSU and still stay under $400.
You may also find this article useful in making a decision:

http://www.tomshardware.co.uk/gaming-graphics-card-revi...
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a c 291 U Graphics card
December 9, 2012 8:18:25 PM

HD 7950 has comparable performance to GTX 660 Ti, while GTX 670 is faster ;) .
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December 9, 2012 8:33:08 PM

thank you all for the replies

So other than my PSU evrything is good.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
December 9, 2012 8:34:52 PM

Yes. Everything looks great.
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a c 329 U Graphics card
December 9, 2012 8:42:05 PM

@ m2300: The rest looks fine to me.
Take your pick of upgrades, the GTX670 has the edge over the HD7950 in some games but the 7950 is somewhat less expensive, either will be a HUGE upgrade from the 8400, though.
Depending on what you play and how much eye candy you want, you could upgrade for good deal less though. Even the humble HD7750 or GTX650 would be a big improvement. Check the chart at the end of my linked article.
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December 10, 2012 1:51:30 PM

Okey and I am at the store right now
And 660it and 7950 are at the same price 385$ is this too expensive
Because shipping at the regular price will cost 20$
Plus time
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December 10, 2012 2:27:56 PM

I'd go with GTX 650 Ti (around $140) or HD 7850 (around $170). Higher than that you just wait one year or two and they'll go cheaper.
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December 10, 2012 2:56:32 PM

Those prices are too high. You should check both Newegg and Amazon for their prices. They should both be drastically lower.
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December 10, 2012 3:48:13 PM

Thank you every one for the help
I bought the 7950 Sapphire vaperX
As you said I needed a new PSU
Plus the GC was too big for my case
I had to buy anther one Thermaltake
Thanks again
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December 17, 2012 3:13:42 PM

Best answer selected by m2300.
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