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Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Paulieg, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Paulieg

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    Ok, I've got a client who has a HP prebuilt with a 9400gs video card. I think the psu is a 350w psu, but I'm not sure of this as I won't see the system until tonight. He wants to upgrade his video card, but he doesn't want to pay for a new power supply (despite my advice). I'm offering the 2600xt because I have a used one on hand. I also have a 8800gts 640 on hand too, but his psu will not handle it. Would a 2600xt provide any noticeable increase in frame rates?
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    Wouldnt a low end 4xxx series be better? Or does it need to be AGP?
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    It's simply what I have on hand, and he wants something cheap. His system is PCI-E
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    Well if you have it on hand, can you give it a go to try it?

    I'm pretty sure it would give a performance boost. i did quite well with my 2600XT
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    Yea just install it and see what improvement it will make and he can decide then!!
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    OK, answered my own question. The 2600xt is actually on par with a 8600gts. So the switch would be worth it.
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    Wow, it has a 9400gs sounds like the system is pretty new. I bet HP marketed it as a gaming computer too because it has a dedicated graphics card. Its a shame that PC makers trick the average consumer. Most times a "gaming pc" from HP, Dell, etc. is one that can play current games at low or med settings with low fps.
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    Well its on par in certain spots... Much closer to a 8600GT as long as its GDDR4... The GDDR3 one isn't much of a card IMO....

    But ya it would be a pretty decent upgrade, power supply should handle it as long as he has at least 16amps or so on 12volt.

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