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    Got a new pc... its got a 8400gs graphics card in it, Can anyone reccomend a good graphics card that will run new games such as Need for speed shift? Or any good deals on a graphics card, looking to pay under £70 ... PCI-EXPRESS (that may help?). Thanks

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    info on your PSU is needed mate, or are you willing to upgrade the PSU at the same time as the graphics card, but just to let you know upgrading to a decent PSU will set you back at least £50

    At £70 your best bet is something like a 4850, but as Teshnit said your power supply will need to have appropriate connectors and spare capacity for it. You can get a decent power supply for £30-40 but the graphics cards you could get for the spare cash aren't even worth considering.

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    I thought because it was a PCI Express it runs off of the motherboard... Anyway i know nothing lol, so i just took the pc apart and it said " MAX OUTPUT 450W " Does that help?

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    I thought he was saying that the graphics card plugs into the psu... Thats when i said i already have a 8400GS and he said about the PSU... i really didnt know, because they all go into the same hole?

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    I thought because it was a PCI Express it runs off of the motherboard... … I thought because it was a PCI Express it runs off of the motherboard... Anyway i know nothing lol, so i just took the pc apart and it said " MAX OUTPUT 450W " Does that help?



    Like work expanding to fill the availible space, graphics card become more thirsty to use the available power. The PCI-E slot was upped to provide 75W rather than the 20W or so of AGP but current mid-range cards have gone beyond even that and require an additional ]6-pin PCI-E power connector on top of that.

    Without knowing the quality of the power supply and how the power is distributed (if a lot of it is for +3.3v and +5v it's great for adding hard drives but totally useless for a graphics card) 450W means very little. If you've got the additional connector in the first place it's probably a fair bet that you can pick whichever card you like as the ones in your price range don't require much extra power over what PCI-Express provides.
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