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Old 02-07-2011, 07:26 PM   #1
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Question My video card went out.

I GOT THE NEW ONE!

But I'm having issues: http://forums.steampowered.com/forum...7#post20841327


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Hi.

I hope you guys go easy on me. My video card went out. I have to use my integrated card to use my computer to use MS Word, Internet, (but no games, unfortch).

I had an e-GeForce 8600 GTS. I was thinking of upgrading it to this

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...855&CatId=3670

But I don't know if my PC will be able to handle it. I see that it comes with a PSU. When I originally got the 8600 I had to get a new PSU.

Anyway, I feel like such an idiot when it comes to this stuff. My boyfriend and best friend recently passed away about a year and a half ago. He used to help me... well, he used to do it all for me. He never took the time to show me but I didn't mind.

Anyways, that's why I know some stuff. Thanks for your help guys.

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Old 02-07-2011, 07:30 PM   #2
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I forgot to add the DxDiag... I know I'm supposed to post that! Hehe.

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Also, I play mostly TF2 and maybe L4D and Gmod.

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Old 02-07-2011, 07:34 PM   #3
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DXDIAG will not tell us the model of your PSU

You will need to physically open the side panel of your computer and note the model of your PSU.
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:35 PM   #4
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DXDIAG will not tell us the model of your PSU

You will need to physically open the side panel of your computer and note the model of your PSU.
Okay, I can certainly do that. Sorry! BRB.


EDIT: okay, i have

Antec True Power Trio.
AC Input 100 - 240v - 7A ; 50Hz/60Hz
Total output 430w

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Old 02-07-2011, 07:37 PM   #5
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did you try the Bake your video card trick.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_taI-CkPD3M

it really work's a few ppl in here have tried IT with success..
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Old 02-07-2011, 07:46 PM   #6
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did you try the Bake your video card trick.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_taI-CkPD3M

it really work's a few ppl in here have tried IT with success..
Well, that's unique.

No, I haven't tried that.

The thing is, when I turned on my computer, my computer would boot up normally. I could hear the Windows welcoming tune/jingle. I even hear people messaging me on Steam Instant Messenger. But my screen was black. My monitor didnt display a picture. It was on standby. Even when I swapped the monitors, the monitor said, "No Signal". So I bought a new video cable and that didn't solve it. So I asked around and I've concluded that it's my card. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:30 PM   #7
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Not a bad card, would definitely be somewhat better then the old videocard...

Do you know the model number for your motherboard?
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:40 PM   #8
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Not a bad card, would definitely be somewhat better then the old videocard...

Do you know the model number for your motherboard?
That I've never done. I'm assuming it's as easy as just opening the case again? Or is it in the BIOS or something?

Thanks for your patiences guys. Much appreciated.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:12 PM   #9
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The only way to exactly make sure its your card, is to go out and buy another card ( a cheap, Nvidia 8400 or something will work just to test it out, and return it back after you test it).


The OCZ 700W PSUs will catch fire and explode on you.

Avoid them at all costs.

Open up the case and check your PC's Power Supply, specifically the Rated Wattage, the brand, and the # of AMPs on the 12V rail.

You should be fine with a Nvidia Geforce 9600 GT as it's Power Consumption is very simliar to the 8600 GTS.

8600 GTS needs a 350 WATT PSU

9600 GT needs a 400 WATT PSU

9800 GT needs a 450 WATT PSU

Both of these cards are not power demanding enough to require alot of AMPs on the 12v Rail, but knowing what your PSU can provide is nice.

Upgrading to a PSU is rather complicated to an inexperienced user (dis connecting, unscrewing and reconnecting-- quite an hassle, unless you have a roomy full tower case). Ask yourself how long you are going to keep the computer? How old is it?

Here are some PSU (I like newegg, they are very nice and have hassle-free returns)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371031

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171052

Hope that Helps.

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Old 02-07-2011, 09:28 PM   #10
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The OCZ 700W PSUs will catch fire and explode on you.
Lol! I laughed at this.

But seriously, your computer will randomly combust into a fireball if you get a 700watt OCZ PSU. They suck (I owned one a few years ago)

You'd be far better off with a Corsair, Seasonic, XFX, Antec, or Silverstone PSU. Corsair and Seasonic would be considered the best from that list.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:36 PM   #11
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Odd, I've never had a problem with my OCZ PSU and it is 3.5 years old. Maybe a issue with newer ones then...

The one linked in your OP looks like a good deal.
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Old 02-07-2011, 09:41 PM   #12
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thanks everyone.



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The only way to exactly make sure its your card, is to go out and buy another card ( a cheap, Nvidia 8400 or something will work just to test it out, and return it back after you test it).


The OCZ 700W PSUs will catch fire and explode on you.

Avoid them at all costs.

Open up the case and check your PC's Power Supply, specifically the Rated Wattage, the brand, and the # of AMPs on the 12V rail.

You should be fine with a Nvidia Geforce 9600 GT as it's Power Consumption is very simliar to the 8600 GTS.

8600 GTS needs a 350 WATT PSU

9600 GT needs a 400 WATT PSU

9800 GT needs a 450 WATT PSU

Both of these cards are not power demanding enough to require alot of AMPs on the 12v Rail, but knowing what your PSU can provide is nice.

Upgrading to a PSU is rather complicated to an inexperienced user (dis connecting, unscrewing and reconnecting-- quite an hassle, unless you have a roomy full tower case). Ask yourself how long you are going to keep the computer? How old is it?

Here are some PSU (I like newegg, they are very nice and have hassle-free returns)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371031

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817171052

Hope that Helps.
My current PSU output is 430w... so I could keep my current PSU and be safe with the 9600?
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:02 PM   #13
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His PSU has 3 x 12V rails according to the EGG 16Amp's each (max)

1x PCI-E express power lead 75W (Industry standard)
+75W for the PCI-e port on the mother board so any <150W graphics card with a single PCI-e Power connector should be fine..

A GTS250 may do the job

FYI a GTX460 is 160W TDP

GTS450 may also be a good choice..

ASUS ENGTS450 DirectCU TOP/DI/1GD5 GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP $145 (106Watts TDP)

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Old 02-07-2011, 10:10 PM   #14
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Honestly a 430W PSU is pretty weak if you're considering any recent card as an upgrade, though it's fine if you're just gonna be swapping for another older card... even then I'd look into the PSU's 12V rail amperage if it's a no-name before slapping on a 9800. The deal you linked for the 9800 + 700W is decent if that's really all you need, though I'd personally try to up the budget a bit and make your upgrade worth it.
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Old 02-07-2011, 10:12 PM   #15
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Honestly a 430W PSU is pretty weak if you're considering any recent card as an upgrade, though it's fine if you're just gonna be swapping for another older card... even then I'd look into the PSU's 12V rail amperage if it's a no-name before slapping on a 9800. The deal you linked for the 9800 + 700W is decent if that's really all you need, though I'd personally try to up the budget a bit and make your upgrade worth it.
should have look at the post above yours where I gave his PSU spec's
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