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    essotereh is offline Junior Member
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    Default Need Vid Card replacement

    Hey guys, I've got a 4 year old i7-920 with a Gigabyte X58-UD4P, still purring, love it. But the graphics card Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT 512MB is acting up, the fan specifically. It is a pulsating/revving noisy kind of thing happening. I suppose I need to replace it, so can you recommend a very low cost replacement that is compatible? I'm not a gamer and this will no longer be my main pc, but a slave in an audio mixing set up.
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    Default Re: Need Vid Card replacement

    Here are the specs for your card; Specifications | GeForce

    I think a simple GT610 would do you fine; GeForce GT 610 | GeForce

    pending on the e-tailer they are under $50... I have a few running on HTPC's... audio over HDMI, streams 1080 just fine... I wouldn't game with it really... but does all the day to day stuff just fine :)

    Also PCpartspicker is your friend here :); Choose A Video Card - PCPartPicker

    Hope that helps....

    Vin

    EDIT: also if the GPU is fine and it's just the fan, you can replace it as well... -> Newegg.ca - GPU Coolers
    Last edited by Vinster; 04-10-2013 at 01:11 PM.
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    essotereh is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: Need Vid Card replacement

    Thanks for the info! Hmm, it seems like it would just be better to replace the card as any cooler I discover is half the cost but then the time and all to do it ,right. Cheap enough to just buy the new one. I saw on a similar thread elsewhere this one recommended, ASUS EAH6450. It is fanless and pretty inexpensive so i think I'm going with that one! Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Need Vid Card replacement

    if all you are going to do is browse the web and office work it'll do just fine, just make sure you case has good air flow because that heat sink will get hot, and without case air flow the card will overheat... I have a few ATI silent cards too and I've bought $5 North Bridge fans (40mm x 40mm) and just zip tie them on and just use 7v from the MB... just a little insurance. and they are quiet which helps a little too.

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win7 64 Bit
    CPU = i7-980X @ 3.8Ghz 166x23 cooled ba a Corsair H100
    Mem = 6GB 2000Mhz Kingston HyperX running at 2044Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-1T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3
    GPU = 2x EVGA 580GTX 1.5GB in SLI
    HD = 3x Intel 40GB X25-V in Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 500 GB WD
    PSU = Corwair TX950W
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

    Benching MB's... Asus P5Q and Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7... too many CPU's and RAM sticks to list. :)

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    essotereh is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: Need Vid Card replacement

    Hey thanks Vin,

    Well the first thing is, this will be a slave pc which means not much if any work will be off of its monitor. I will be accessing it only as a secondary PC/RAM/Storage source though the master PC which has a nice Nvidia card in it. Also, this 920 slave has a nice big case fan strapped on the side panel for extra cooling. Which I think will be ok, but you got me worried a bit haha

    EDIT: just to add, it is a slave for an audio sampling/midi system
    Last edited by essotereh; 04-12-2013 at 02:34 AM.

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    Vinster is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: Need Vid Card replacement

    if the GPU will just be powered and not active then you're golden...

    Vin
    Main Rig
    OS = Win7 64 Bit
    CPU = i7-980X @ 3.8Ghz 166x23 cooled ba a Corsair H100
    Mem = 6GB 2000Mhz Kingston HyperX running at 2044Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-1T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3
    GPU = 2x EVGA 580GTX 1.5GB in SLI
    HD = 3x Intel 40GB X25-V in Raid 0 (580MB Read/140MB Write)
    Storage = 500 GB WD
    PSU = Corwair TX950W
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

    Benching MB's... Asus P5Q and Gigabyte 890FXA-UD7... too many CPU's and RAM sticks to list. :)

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    essotereh is offline Junior Member
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    Default Re: Need Vid Card replacement

    Yup exactly, most of the time it'll just be powered, with its monitor off, occasionally on just to check settings or check software, etc. Not for heavy gaming, audio or anything else where it'd be on constantly and being hit hard.

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