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So here's my situation. I have a little bit of money put away (and I mean little, like 300 max but just try to go for cheapest without that number in mind for what i want) that i've been thinking about using to upgrade my PC.
My current graphics card is an Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT and... well it's showing it's age. I can run alot of games fine but once the shader versions start getting up there, my card just can't support them well. I have problems with most recent (and that's a broad timeline for me) games where I can't run them unless I somehow manage to lower or shut off shadows. Which is fine. I'm not complaining, I appreciate being able to play games on my comp and I love it.
However, I would love to be able to play some of the newer games and have them run well. I don't need AA, I don't need texture filtering, and I don't need shadows, but I do need atleast 30 FPS. That's really I want from a PC game. I can deal withe everything as long as its a smooth view.
The main game I want to run well is Dark Souls. I love this game. I nearly have all the achievements for it on the xbox (will soon "platinum" it) and have clocked hundreds upon hundreds of hours on it. I bought it for the comp knowing full well I didn't meet the specs but, hoping that it would run anyways if I turned off enough settings.
Well the game doesn't give you much in ways of settings so I'm outta luck. Currently it runs at 15 FPS which is just low enough for me to hate it because I can see how it would look smooth UGH It teases me endlessly.
So really, the goal for this would be to upgrade to where dark souls ran smooth. That's all. Don't need AA or any other bells and whistles, just give daddy his framerate back T_T
Why haven't I upgraded yet? Cause I'm scared of my power supply. I've removed and installed them before but I always end up missing a cable and spend hours trying to find it and it just terrifies me for some reason that I may burn my motherboard or hook up something wrong and cause damage to my comp. Don't have any income myself (cept for what I can scrape together by various means) and my parents aren't rich at all. So the reason i've held off is because the standard power supply of this comp is low and most cards i've checked would require an upgrade. So my hope is you all know of a card that could still fit under this power supply and would be just powerful enough to give me a smooth dark souls experience.
Want to run dark souls at 30FPS and nothing else. Do not need bells and whistles. Happy with running it windows at 1280 by 720, doesn't need to be higher. Would like a card upgrade that doesn't require me buying a power supply upgrade. Here's my current comp stats.
400 Watt Power Supply
8 gigs of ram,
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.5 GHz,
64 bit windows 7,
Chipset Type Intel G43 Express,
1.0 (total) / 1.0 (free) x Processor - DIMM 240-pin,
1.0 (total) / 2.0 (free) x PCI - LGA775 Socket,
2.0 (total) / 0.0 (free) x PCI Express x1,
4.0 PCI Express 2.0 x16
1.0 x Display / video - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T - 24 pin digital DVI ( 4 front, 6 rear ),
1.0 x Display / video - eSATA-300 - 6 pin FireWire,
1.0 x Network - HDMI - 19 pin HDMI Type A,
1.0 x Storage - DVI-Digital - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15),
10.0 x Audio - SPDIF output - 7 pin external Serial ATA,
1.0 x Hi-Speed USB - VGA - RJ-45,
1.0 x Display / video - TOSLINK,
1.0 x IEEE 1394 (FireWire) - 4 pin USB Type A
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Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce 9400 GT 4069 Approx Memory (DXDiag number)
Any help would be awesome, thanks.