Video card I have

Gateway Sx2800-03 desktop
July 30, 2010 at 17:11:39
Specs: Windows 7, 2048
I'm using a Geforce 8400 GS, will I have problems running this card on a 220w slimline power supply for my Gateway 2802-07? The minimum requirement for this card is 300w and the card faces the edge of the case, but has a passive cooling system

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#1
July 30, 2010 at 18:32:10
The 8400GS is a weak non-gaming card that uses very little power. According to the following chart, only 32W under full 3D load:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...


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#2
July 30, 2010 at 19:05:50
even tho it is pressed almost against the edge of the case shud it be ok?

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#3
July 30, 2010 at 19:32:18
Are you the guy with the BTX system with the upside down motherboard? Warm air rises, right? It's all gonna collect at the top of the case where the card sits. Going with a passively cooled card probably isn't a wise move. Can't you just make do with the onboard video? The 8400GS isn't a very good card anyway. Or how about cutting a vent hole in the top of the case?

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#4
July 30, 2010 at 21:55:50
not sure how much mb the onboard card has, I only really need to run Starcraft 2 and WoW and stuff

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#5
July 31, 2010 at 07:29:53
Onboard video is not good for gaming. Then again, neither is the 8400GS. The amount of video memory isn't all that important. Most cards these days have either 256MB, 512MB or 1GB, but if the video card is based on a weak graphics processor (like the one used on the 8400GS), it doesn't matter how much memory there is.

I think you already know what your problem is - your computer is one of the stupid upside-down BTX systems. And to make matters worse, it's a slim style case. It has poor cooling characteristics & is very limited on upgradeability. You can only use low profile cards plus you'll need to get a card that won't overburden the 220W power supply. Once again, because of the case design, the power supply isn't easily upgradeable. It uses a TFX power supply & there are very few available, but I *think* this 300W Seasonic unit will fit:

http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?name...

I don't think you'll find a better low profile card for the money than this HD 4650:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Here's some info about your system:

http://support.gateway.com/s/deskto...

http://support.gateway.com/s/deskto...


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