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PNY Verto GeForce 8400GS 256MB low profile graphics card just £18.69 @ play

£18.69 @ Play.Com
great price for a great little card! yes its old and probably wont game well but its great being a low profile card and its great for HTPC who just need a basic card to play blu-ray and HD content etc…
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great price for a great little card! yes its old and probably wont game well but its great being a low profile card and its great for HTPC who just need a basic card to play blu-ray and HD content etc.
also 0.5% quidco :D!
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#1
hot
just ordered been looking to upgrade my media centre and this low profile card looks great
cheers :p
1 Like #2
Wouldn't you be better off spending another 10 quid and getting something like an ATI 4350 with a HDMI connection that will be able to play HD content? Especially if it is for a media PC?

I did see one for around £22 but can't remember where, sorry.
#3
thinking of getting this for my dell vostro 400 (purchased 2 yrs ago on mikeT 's advice!)
any idea if this will work on it.. and any insturuction how to install?
thanks in advance
1 Like #4
drskm - Oct 07, 2010 22:06

thinking of getting this for my dell vostro 400 (purchased 2 yrs ago on mikeT 's advice!)
any idea if this will work on it.. and any insturuction how to install?
thanks in advance

It's a low profile card so it should be fine.
IIRC these 8 series cards were the 1st HDCP enabled ones with proper hardware acceleration to relieve your CPU of the load when playing HD files.

I have a Dell Vostro 200 slim myself as a HTPC & I went with an ATi HD Radeon 3450 low profile card.
I have an Intel E6750 CPU & 2gbs of Ram running Win XP.
It plays 1080p .mkv's brilliantly.
TBH once you have your HD playback sorted there's really not much need for anything more.
The Vostro is never going to be a great gaming PC.

Installation is easy on the Dell.
unscrew the 2 knurled 'bolts' & slide off the side panel.
There is a lifting bracket/clamp affair to lift up that allows you to remove the blanking plate and slide in the new card (hmmm, maybe difficult to describe but easy to see when you get there).
There is a manual on the Dell site with diagrams showing how to do stuff but if you've ever done much mucking about with PCs it is fairly straight-forward.

One last thing.
Are you sure you need it?
Even tho I put a card in my own DV200S I must admit it was really a belt & braces thing.
I was amazed to find it would play 1080p video just on the integrated graphics alone.
But then again I couldn't be sure that would apply to all movie files, it might have choked on higher bit-rates, besides these cards are hard expensive.

Good luck & give me a shout if you need any help.


Edited By: Gixxerman001 on Oct 08, 2010 01:53: sp
#5
Great price, but I really would pay the extra and get a 5450 for a HTPC. Fanless and has all the latest features you'd want for that type of build.
#6
Great for Linux HTPC's (this can use VDPAU), voted hot.

Hope the fan isn't too noisy though.

Edited By: StormB on Oct 08, 2010 12:54: update
#7
These should also work nicely for a budget Hackintosh as the 8400GS is supported
#8
Spend a bit more and get an ATI HD 4550, great little cards.
Fleabay item - 250672933163
I've bought a bunch of them from that seller for HTPC's that I've built.
#9
Gixxerman001
drskm - Oct 07, 2010 22:06

thinking of getting this for my dell vostro 400 (purchased 2 yrs ago on mikeT 's advice!)
any idea if this will work on it.. and any insturuction how to install?
thanks in advance


It's a low profile card so it should be fine.
IIRC these 8 series cards were the 1st HDCP enabled ones with proper hardware acceleration to relieve your CPU of the load when playing HD files.

I have a Dell Vostro 200 slim myself as a HTPC & I went with an ATi HD Radeon 3450 low profile card.
I have an Intel E6750 CPU & 2gbs of Ram running Win XP.
It plays 1080p .mkv's brilliantly.
TBH once you have your HD playback sorted there's really not much need for anything more.
The Vostro is never going to be a great gaming PC.

Installation is easy on the Dell.
unscrew the 2 knurled 'bolts' & slide off the side panel.
There is a lifting bracket/clamp affair to lift up that allows you to remove the blanking plate and slide in the new card (hmmm, maybe difficult to describe but easy to see when you get there).
There is a manual on the Dell site with diagrams showing how to do stuff but if you've ever done much mucking about with PCs it is fairly straight-forward.

One last thing.
Are you sure you need it?
Even tho I put a card in my own DV200S I must admit it was really a belt & braces thing.
I was amazed to find it would play 1080p video just on the integrated graphics alone.
But then again I couldn't be sure that would apply to all movie files, it might have choked on higher bit-rates, besides these cards are hard expensive.

Good luck & give me a shout if you need any help.


Really appreciate for your time.
the only reason i needed to so something about this is i cant play ashes cricket 09 on my pc.
it installed ok but didnt open, leaving me a bit frustrated.
i was hoping i will be able to play that after installing this card
1 Like #10
I would expect you'd be ok with that game....... but you might find the ATi recommendation more beneficial.
You also have to be mindful of the Dell PSU, it could limit your choices
(but as Dell's PSUs actually do give out their stated outputs with rock-solid reliability they are often capable of running things the spec alone would make you wonder about, my Dimension 9200 for instance supposedly 'only' has a 375wt PSU but Dell sold them running 8800GTX graphics cards which had a recommended requirement for a 450wt).

That ATi 5450 low profile card one poster has mentioned is much more up-to-date & a hell of a lot of card for the money (no fan too) and it's easy on power.
It would give you all sorts of options, including the option to run some DX11 games (just don't expect it to run Crysis at full specs!
LOL
If you fit a multi drive it can handle retail Blu-ray & HD DVD as well as the usual DVDs if you're into that side of things
HDMI (with full HD audio support too).
It's got me thinking! :)

£39.94 here -

http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/ATI+5400+Series/Sapphire+ATI+Radeon+HD+5450+512MB+GDDR3+Low+Profile+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=39486&source=googleps

I may just go for one of those myself (note the low profile bracket is supplied.....sometimes you have to ask for it, it's easily fitted, it's usually a case of 2 little nuts to undo & slip off the fullsize bracket & swap it for the LP one).

What's the spec of you Vostro 400 (CPU & RAM)?
#11
Intel
Gixxerman001
I would expect you'd be ok with that game....... but you might find the ATi recommendation more beneficial.
You also have to be mindful of the Dell PSU, it could limit your choices
(but as Dell's PSUs actually do give out their stated outputs with rock-solid reliability they are often capable of running things the spec alone would make you wonder about, my Dimension 9200 for instance supposedly 'only' has a 375wt PSU but Dell sold them running 8800GTX graphics cards which had a recommended requirement for a 450wt).

That ATi 5450 low profile card one poster has mentioned is much more up-to-date & a hell of a lot of card for the money (no fan too) and it's easy on power.
It would give you all sorts of options, including the option to run some DX11 games (just don't expect it to run Crysis at full specs!
LOL
If you fit a multi drive it can handle retail Blu-ray & HD DVD as well as the usual DVDs if you're into that side of things
HDMI (with full HD audio support too).
It's got me thinking! :)

£39.94 here -


http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Graphics+Cards/ATI+5400+Series/Sapphire+ATI+Radeon+HD+5450+512MB+GDDR3+Low+Profile+PCI-Express+Graphics+Card+?productId=39486&source=googleps


I may just go for one of those myself (note the low profile bracket is supplied.....sometimes you have to ask for it, it's easily fitted, it's usually a case of 2 little nuts to undo & slip off the fullsize bracket & swap it for the LP one).

What's the spec of you Vostro 400 (CPU & RAM)?

Intel core 2 duo 2.4 GHZ with 3 gb ram on a 32 bit windows 7
#12
You have plenty of grunt there to run your golf game, I'd have thought.
Once we got C2D & hardware acceleration on the graphics cards that's easily enough to run video to retail HD standard.
Hope it all goes well for you whatever you decide on.
#13
mine wouldnt output anything when fitted,but works fine in my brothers computer.
he has been building computers for years and cant explain why it wont out put anything?
#14
jarjarmustdie

Hmmm odd one.
Did you have a working card fitted before?
I guess it's always possible that one of the little pathways or connections on your PSU, mobo or PCI Express connector has a fault?
That might explain it.

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