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Hello... :)
I have an Hp Pavilion 760n. I have made some upgrades to it, such as giving it 2GB of RAM, and swapping out the CD burner for a DVD burner.
The mobo on this computer is an Asus P4B266-LA.
Right now I have a Nvidia Riva TNT2 Model 64 (4x, running on a maximum 4x AGP port)
This card is not good enough for me, and I felt this is the time to upgrade it, since a new computer will only come by in another few years.
The mobo will support PCI (not PCI-e) and AGP

I couldn't find a good AGP card, so I looked for a PCI one. After browsing the shelves at Fry's Electronics, I came upon a PNY Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS that was a PCI card. It has 512mb DDR2 memory and supports Direct X10. This card only cost me 60$ with a 10$ rebate. Is there a better card that you suggest for my price point?
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With that old of hardware there really is no point in upgrading.

What you found sounds good, but it also depends on your power supply. Do you know the specs on it?
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I know that the pc is old, but I wanted to squeeze out another 3-4 years of life, before I buy a new one. My PSU can support it. Can you find a better card that is around 50-80$?
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I found this card and it is about 2 or 3 levels above the card you previosuly posted(performance wise) but is only DX9. It also says that it requires at least 450 W for full performance, but some users are saying they are able to run it off of 300W, but that is not guaranteed.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814161227

Edited by MoNsTeReNeRgY22, 15 May 2009 - 06:02 PM.

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Thank you very much. Not so sure my PSU would be able to run it well, but it is one of the best PCI cards I have seen.
The 8400 GS has a stock core clock of 567 mhz. The core clock of the ATI card is 550 mhz. They both appear to be overclockable, but with stock cooling, how much can I push it?
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With stock cooling, it is hard to tell.
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I don't think I can push it that far without swapping it's heatsink and fan for something more powerful. Thank you for all your help! :)
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