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Installing graphics card

I have an Emachine W3502. I am looking to install a Nvidia 8600GT. I found out that will need a psu bigger then the 300W stock in the tower. I ordered a 480W psu. Problem I am having is that I can not find any information on how to install the Nvidia graphics card. What information I can find is very general and stats to refer back to the manual for the motherboard. I did not get any manual for anything on the computer. Pretty much just want to know how to go about install the new graphics card.

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Well you open the side cover and then you remove the old video card and then you install the new video card mke sure it is seated in the slot really good and put the screw back in repower up your computer a screen will come up say something like windows has found new hardware cancel that out by clicking on cancel then put your cd in with the software for the new video card and follow the instructions one it and you should be set when the computer reboots up

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My nvidia 8600gt wont work it is installed properlly

Don't see what you are stating. Linda's statement was 220 WATTS or 320 WATTS, not Voltage.

(Voltage X Amperage = Wattage, capish?)


A) Minimum power requirement is 300 Watts, for an Nvidia GeForce 8600GT.

This is of course, based on a full computer system, AND the graphics card, by the graphics card manufacturer.
Card by itself uses 92 Watts.

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B) Due to your statements about the present Power Supply, I feel it is a generic model.

Made back in the time when Power Supply manufacturers would 'fudge', the actual maximum rated Wattage, to sell power supply's.
Actual maximum rated Wattage, would be more like 60 to 70 percent of what is stated.

220 Watts? That would be either 132 Watts (60 percent), or 154 Watts. (70 percent)

320 Watts? 192 Watts or 224 Watts.

As you can see neither fits the bill.

C) Don't shoot the messenger, but you do have the monitor plugged into the GeForce 8600GT, right?

Do you know the monitor cable is good? Monitor?

D) Did you observe Anti-Static Precautions when building the computer, and installing the graphics card?
If not you have an expensive doorstop.
(Motherboard does make a good one-way Frisbee, though)

E) Unclear of this statement of yours to Nicholas;
".....but not sure if the power supply is big enougth either seems to be running......."

I got the part about, not sure if the Power Supply is big enough,
[ A) + B) ],

Explain -> .......either seems to be running.......

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F) Installation disk of graphics card is installed -> F-I-R-S-T.
Drivers and Nvidia Control Center are installed.

(Or downloaded, and installed from Nvidia Support website, or graphics card manufacturer website)

If not there is a driver conflict.

Drivers: Small pieces of software that allow the Operating System to communicate with a device.

Windows XP and Windows 7 are two examples of an O/S.
The graphics card in this case is the device.

When a device is installed, Windows 'breaks it's neck' to find suitable matching drivers.

If THE drivers are not there Windows will match up one of it's THOUSANDS of generic one-size-fits-all drivers.

This = No.
A driver conflict can result.
Windows: "Which drivers do I use? These or THESE?"

Installing the drivers, will do nothing to the present drivers already being used, nor graphics.
You'll still be using the same Ol' drivers, until the new device is installed.


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Hey bhoot,

Are you asking about what graphic card you should get? If so, I recommend anything that's geforce 7600GT+.

I recommend nVidia because a lot of games are built for nVidia. I'm not saying ATI is bad, they are good. It's just that you'll run into artifact issues (where you see tears in graphics) with some games if you go with ATI.

Go to sites like,, or to look for a card.

If you have PCI Express, then go with that. If it's AGP, then go with that. It's all based on what your board supports.

If you're looking to run F.E.A.R, Qauke, or Battlefield, you won't need much. I would recommend at least 128mb video on the card you choose, but if you do have PCI express, I would suggest getting a 512mb video card for future gaming.

the geforce 8600GT is a good buy too. Typicall they are around $140, they have 512mb vid and have GDDR3 memory, (good clock speed on those cards). They can run those games no sweat.

Hope this helps.

(Btw, the geforce8600GT is directx 10 compatible)


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