Solved Upgrading Nvidia Video Card

Gateway / W3644
March 18, 2012 at 21:58:38
Specs: Windows 7, 2.5 GHz / 3967 MB
I was wondering, I have a Nvidia Geforce 210 1GB DDR2... How do i know if my system can hold a newer one, like Nvidia Geforce GT 430 or GT 440.

My system specs are: Amd althon 64 x2 2.5 GHZ 4800+, Nvidia Geforce 210, 4GB RAM

Thanks!


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#1
March 19, 2012 at 04:46:10
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For W3644 your motherboard specs:
http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHER...
Your motherboard can support PCIe 16x video cards.
Your power supply is 300 Watts, possibly one of 3 models, one shows as 16Amps on a single 12Volt rail, the other two do not specify. This will be your limiter because the power supply will need to be able to power the video card as well as the rest of the system as well and the 12volt rail is the most critical spec you need to know. You may need to read this off of your power supply's label to be sure, it is very possible you will need to upgrade it for any significant video card upgrade and looking further....
Tests on one particular (most will be similar):
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/...
This shows a peak wattage of 65Watts - 65Watts divided by 12Volts = 5.4Amps (Volts x Amps = Watts) so if your available 12 Volt amperage is all on one rail and similar to the one above (16Amps) then you just may be OK with your power supply. If you went as far as one of the GTS or GTX 450's, you would need to upgrade the power supply though.
You should be fine unless your power supply uses two or more 12volt rails and splits your amperage over them.

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#2
March 19, 2012 at 04:56:04
Of the 2 cards you mentioned, go for the GT 440 & make sure it has GDDR5 or DDR5 memory. Double check your power supply specs. Gateway/eMachines is notorious for using cheap Bestec units with a higher than average failure rate.

http://support.gateway.com/emachine...


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#3
March 19, 2012 at 06:28:52
First of all, thanks to all for answering, I forgot to mention, I have a 550 watts powersupply and a 500GB HDD

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#4
March 19, 2012 at 07:04:07
"I have a 550 watts powersupply"

That info is useless without the make/model. All 550W PSUs are not created equally. Some are no better than a 250W unit. Generally, you get what you pay for. There's a huge difference between a $20 "el generico" & a $60 Corsair.

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: March 2012


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#5
March 19, 2012 at 18:01:52
The PowerSupply brand is PowerUp... i think that's "Generico"

http://www.compusa.com/applications...


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#6
March 19, 2012 at 20:42:01
The amperage appears to be actually good, but I would not trust the actual performance, the ability to maintain good clean power, and the general quality. In fact, just look at the 3 reviews,one only had it a couple of months, one had a fan that needed replacing within 6 months (I have seen case and power supply fans go 9 years and more without a sound), and one that had one of their more expensive power supplies that died and took out at least the motherboard with it. Not a good record with only reviews.
While you could use it, consider using something better.
Look at this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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#7
March 19, 2012 at 20:45:21
So far, I've been using this powersupply since december 2011 and not having problem at all.

Thanks for the advice!


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