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I need some kind of graphics card

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    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit

    I need some kind of graphics card


    May I ask a further question.

    My system is pretty old but I need some kind of graphics card.

    Just something adequate for my old system.

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    I suggest a card based on a Radeon HD 5450 or 6450 chipset, or an nVidia GT610. Your motherboard has a PCI-E (PCI Express) X16 slot, so most PCI-E X16 graphics cards should be compatible.

    I believe they're all available in low profile form, should you need that.

    eVGA requires a 300W power supply for their GT610, and Sapphire wants a 400W PSU for their Radeon cards. (400W seems excessive, but I'm not in a position to argue.) Do you have anything like that?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I'd also recommend the 6450 on a budget. Cheap but pretty decent. Not for powerful games but excellent for video and general Windows 8 operations with all the special effects. Heck, the 6450 is so low powered, there are some versions with no fan on them. just a heat sink.
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    Posts : 65
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    My PSU is 350 w so I guess that rules out the radeon.

    Is it much different to get the 2gb one

    BTW, the main reason I upgraded to 8 was for the 64 bit, so that I could put the max 4gb ram in my motherboard.

    I took out the two 1gb sticks yesterday and put in two 2gb sticks, now windows reports 4gb(3.12gb useable)

    Is that right.

    It used to say 2gb nothing else.
    Last edited by Dellboy7; 02 Feb 2013 at 05:48.
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    Windows 8 Pro 64


    The nVidia GT610 is a nice card for what you will need as stated by bobkn....nice all around card.
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    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    there's no way that a GPU that doesn't even have a fan for the card require a 400W power supply:
    [Solved] Radeon HD 6450 on 250w PSU? - Graphics-Cards - Graphic-Displays

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    Posts : 65
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit


    That's interesting. I don't think I would have a problem because I will only be running one or possibly two hard drives and a dvd drive( seldom used.)

    Is there anything to choose between them, power draw aside.?


    BTW any comments on the memory.??
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    which cards are you specifically looking at (i.e., Diamond ATI 6450 1 GB, HIS 6450 2 GB, Zotac GT610 1GB)? maybe that'll help you narrow the choices down rather than just picking OEM designs (i.e., ATI 6450, ATI 5450, Nvidia GT610). most cards nowadays come with 1 GB and up. so I wouldn't get less than 1 GB.

    it depends on how much you want to save and how long you plan to keep the card. if you're the type to rarely upgrade your hardware, you want as new as possible, especially with regards to graphics technology since graphics technology evolves so quickly. each generation, both ATI and Nvidia keep upgrading their video decoding engine in order to fix bugs and inefficiencies that were unforseen in the previous gen. in an old system, what you're focusing on is the ability to play back videos smoothly and to have a smooth computing experience. You're not so focused on performance metrics such as how many texels/second or how many pixel pipelines the cards has or whatever.

    So even though an older gen card might play games better than the low-end newer-generation card, the newer generation card will have the updated video decoding engines as well as the updated DirectX instructions that come with Windows 8. And these are what you look for in terms of an old system which is focused on videos and general user interface smoothness.

    Also, it highly depends on what you use this system for. Because all the cards in the low-end market are fairly equal with just some minor differences, (which may be important depending on what your needs are). The key is getting a current-generation or next-generation model. Especially because you want a card that will continue to get new drivers. As a card gets older and older, it eventually gets lumped into the legacy cards category and will receive no further updates.
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    Windows 10 64-bit/ Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Also your processor is of the utmost performance. Whatever you can get out of graphics card depends on how strong your processor is, speed, number of cores, ectra. What kind of processor do you have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    which cards are you specifically looking at (i.e., Diamond ATI 6450 1 GB, HIS 6450 2 GB, Zotac GT610 1GB)? maybe that'll help you narrow the choices down rather than just picking OEM designs (i.e., ATI 6450, ATI 5450, Nvidia GT610). most cards nowadays come with 1 GB and up. so I wouldn't get less than 1 GB.

    it depends on how much you want to save and how long you plan to keep the card. if you're the type to rarely upgrade your hardware, you want as new as possible, especially with regards to graphics technology since graphics technology evolves so quickly. each generation, both ATI and Nvidia keep upgrading their video decoding engine in order to fix bugs and inefficiencies that were unforseen in the previous gen. in an old system, what you're focusing on is the ability to play back videos smoothly and to have a smooth computing experience. You're not so focused on performance metrics such as how many texels/second or how many pixel pipelines the cards has or whatever.

    So even though an older gen card might play games better than the low-end newer-generation card, the newer generation card will have the updated video decoding engines as well as the updated DirectX instructions that come with Windows 8. And these are what you look for in terms of an old system which is focused on videos and general user interface smoothness.

    Also, it highly depends on what you use this system for. Because all the cards in the low-end market are fairly equal with just some minor differences, (which may be important depending on what your needs are). The key is getting a current-generation or next-generation model. Especially because you want a card that will continue to get new drivers. As a card gets older and older, it eventually gets lumped into the legacy cards category and will receive no further updates.
    Quote Originally Posted by Allison View Post
    Also your processor is of the utmost performance. Whatever you can get out of graphics card depends on how strong your processor is, speed, number of cores, ectra. What kind of processor do you have?
    Very good points. I don't need a super duper card, I just surf the net, watch an occasional movie and do a little photoshop.

    I don't upgrade a lot, I was on xp pro from about 2003 to a few days ago. I then went right to 8 so that hopefully I won't have to upgrade for a long time.

    But my board and processor are ancient

    CPU intel Pentium D 925
    Motherboard Gigabyte vm900m

    and will most likely be the next thing needing replaced after the card, So I want want one which will function in a newer board at a later date, unless it is dirt cheap.
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