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#1 Sep 27 2010 at 7:54 PM Rating: Decent
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I want to upgrade my graphics card to play FFXIV, but the card must run on a 300W PSU and be no longer than 7 inches. Apart from GT240, are there any alternatives? Which would be best?

I am not all crazy about setting everything to the highest settings. I can play with low resolution and many effects turned off. I just don't want the graphics to be pixelated and movements looking choppy.

I know I can upgrade PSU and put in a better card, but please suggest something within the constraints I've mentioned above.

(edited: should be GT240)

Edited, Sep 28th 2010 4:26am by hiyohiyo
#2 Sep 27 2010 at 11:50 PM Rating: Decent
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any decent card needs additional 6-pin power cable.... GTS 240 requires 400W /max load 140W or more psu according to nvidia.
#3 Sep 28 2010 at 6:59 AM Rating: Decent
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What are you using now? What kind of motherboard are you using? Who is your power supply manufacturer?
#4 Sep 28 2010 at 8:20 AM Rating: Excellent
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I have a GT240 and was pleased with the quality. This is on a system with a quad-core(2.4) and 4 gigs of ram, for whatever thats worth. Oh and vista 64.
#5 Sep 28 2010 at 8:45 AM Rating: Good
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i am currently using a GT240 on my old Frankenstein dell and love it. Not only was it the only card that fit near my giant cooling apparatus, it provided a 1200 score boost on the benchmark. I currently have it overclocked to 100% capability and I can run on resolution setting with high on textures in 1920 x 1080.
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#6 Sep 28 2010 at 9:00 AM Rating: Decent
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My PC is an HP Pavilion pre-built several years old.

CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6550 @ 2.33GHz
GPU: 8400GS (256MB)
2GB Ram
running on Vista 32-bit

If I do decide to get the GT240 (1GB)....I will add another 2GB ram, but leaving the other parts as is. Would this be sufficient to run FFXIV at least on low res without "slow motion"?

I've also heard from somewhere that pre-built PCs are made so that you can't replace parts on your own - as in the motherboard won't be able to detect the new hardware. Is this true/possible??

Is it true that the GT240 causes FFXIV to crash alot? Or is this just a problem with FFXIV and nothing to do with the GPU itself?? I've played beta on several PCs with 8800GT and 8600GT, and they also crash alot.

Apart from GT240, any other suggestions on cards? what about ATI 5670?
#7 Sep 28 2010 at 9:27 AM Rating: Good
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If you go for the GT 240 DO NOT get the Asus ENGT240 1gb DDR3. It has driver issues that cause it to crash in the forest outside Gridania. This may not be the only card that has this problem either - in my Googling I found several others having the same issue (Asus boards, Newegg, other gaming sites). Get a 9800 GT instead if you're going after an economy Nvidia card.



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#8 Sep 28 2010 at 9:40 AM Rating: Decent
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I dun think the 9800GT will fit and be fed enough power from my 300W PSU.
That's why I was thinking about the GT240.

Any manufacturers for GT240 known to not have any driver issues and causing this crash outside gridania??

also.....does installing drivers from the manufacturer or nvidia's drivers make any difference??

Edited, Sep 28th 2010 11:40am by hiyohiyo

Edited, Sep 28th 2010 11:56am by hiyohiyo
#9 Sep 28 2010 at 9:56 AM Rating: Good
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Oh, didn't see the comment about your power supply. There's no way around it, you really need a 450v+ power supply. You're asking about a GT 240, but all the ones I know of won't run on a 300v. Mine actually wants a 450v minimum.

I'm not sure if you can run much better that a Series 8 on that kind of power. Regardless, it wouldn't be worth it.
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#10 Sep 28 2010 at 10:14 AM Rating: Decent
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I suppose if I can play open beta with the original specs and a 8400GS.....then I think my tolerance levels are quite high.

If I could spend under, say $200 to make the experience a little bit more pleasing rather than having to fork out $1k+ for a new machine, then I think it is adequate, at least for now.

and of course....as long as the card doesn't crash the game - no point in improvements if you can't play @.@

Edited, Sep 28th 2010 12:16pm by hiyohiyo
#11 Sep 28 2010 at 10:43 AM Rating: Good
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hiyohiyo wrote:
If I could spend under, say $200 to make the experience a little bit more pleasing rather than having to fork out $1k+ for a new machine, then I think it is adequate, at least for now.
Edited, Sep 28th 2010 12:16pm by hiyohiyo


We all understand. Here's the deal, though. It really would be a better idea to save your money up and build a computer that, while it may not be a world-beater, is upgradable to better parts as you get them. That means starting with a motherboard along the lines of this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188064

It's not high-end but it's only $70 and you can pop in an I-3 CPU for now ($115), a GTS 250 ($100-$150), 4 gigs of DDR3/1333 RAM ($80ish) and a new 650v power supply ($80). Even if you get a new case, you're not much over $500. Not only will it be a marked improvement from what you have, but you're not boxing yourself in with parts that can't be upgraded again.
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#12 Sep 28 2010 at 12:22 PM Rating: Decent
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hiyohiyo wrote:
I dun think the 9800GT will fit and be fed enough power from my 300W PSU.
That's why I was thinking about the GT240.

Any manufacturers for GT240 known to not have any driver issues and causing this crash outside gridania??

also.....does installing drivers from the manufacturer or nvidia's drivers make any difference??

Edited, Sep 28th 2010 11:40am by hiyohiyo

Edited, Sep 28th 2010 11:56am by hiyohiyo



there is a 9800 GT eco version by BFG

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814143187
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#13 Sep 28 2010 at 12:39 PM Rating: Decent
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GT240 actually require less power then the older 9800 series style of cards. I have an 800 watt power supply powering mine... Upgrading to the GT460 will be a welcome change from all the power usage my old one is taking... Not to mention the heat yikes...
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