Solved Pavilion a6142n Graphic And power Supply

August 14, 2011 at 13:12:46
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD Athlon x 2 Dual Core 4400+ 2.3GHZ
Hello, I really want to upgrade my PC's graphics card.
So i bought a Geforce 8400 GS, 1024mb DDR3 Memory Graphics Card
It requires a 350 watt power supply with a minimum 18 amps on the +12V rail.
It also requires a PCI or PCI express 2.0 compliant mother board with one x16 graphics slot.
Well, im pretty sure my motherboard has the appropriate slot, but i dont know whether it is x16 and i cant find that out anywhere! Can someone please tell me whether the appropriate slot is present?
Also my power supply is only 250 watts and i require 350 or greater watts, with 18 amps on the +12volt rail. I found a power supply on newegg,
it is 380 Watts but i need to know if it will meet the 18 amps on the +12V rail requirement.
If this power supply will not do, can someone tell me a different power supply which will fullfill the requirements? It needs to be under $25
I dont have that much money to spend -.-
Thanks :D

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August 14, 2011 at 17:59:33
The 8400GS is an upgrade? It's an extremely low end card so I'm guessing you got it just to get away from the onboard graphics? It's sure not a gaming card. It only adds about 35W max under full load so you should have no problem using it with a 250W PSU. If feel you need to upgrade the PSU, you're going to have to spend more than $25 or you'll just be wasting your money. $25 after rebate is fine - a $25 straight up deal is probably going to be cheap junk.

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August 14, 2011 at 19:47:23
Okay, wait, what about the 18 amps on the 12 volt rail???
The box says I have to have a 350 Watt PSU, I dont want to fry my motherbaord -.-
This is is my first time touching the interiors of a computer, so please bear with me
Can you tell me of a cheap PSU that will meet these requirements?

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August 14, 2011 at 20:30:01
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It's unlikely you will have any problems using your 250W PSU, regardless of what is written on the box. It's not like you bought a kick@ss gaming card. The 8400GS is a low end piece of crap with low power requirements. Even though it has 1GB DDR3, it's only 64-bit memory, plus the card only has 8 stream processors. It uses about 35W under full load, less than 20W at idle. Here's where it stands versus other low end cards & onboard video:

If you insist on buying a power supply, you have less than a 1/2 hour to cash in on this deal on a Corsair 430W w/28A on the +12v:

And here's a GeForce GT 520 with 1GB DDR3 64-bit & 48 stream processors for just $20:

EDIT: the sale on the video card has ended but the PSU is still $25 after rebate. If you use promo code EMCYTZT671 when placing the order, you'll get another $6.75 off, so the price after rebate will be just $18.25. You can't beat that deal!

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August 15, 2011 at 18:52:17
Okay, thank you very much:D
I decided to go for the new power supply,
Because i plan on upgrading in the future :)

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