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Windows 7: Upgrading an old card.


31 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Upgrading an old card.

Hi everyone,

Having plowed through several issues in the course of upgrading my old system, there's one remaining item that I was wondering if someone here could help me with. The computer is fairly old: a Gateway 817GM Media Center originally running XP (original specifications here: Gateway Support - Specifications). Currently, the system is running with 2.5GB of DDR1 RAM.

So far as I can tell, there is one PCI port open. Does anyone know a graphics card that fits this (Intel 915 chipset, I think) specification that can handle Aero? Gaming isn't my thing, I don't play heavy games at all. But Aero/DirectX/Direct3D would definitely be nice.

Thanks if anyone can help!


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31 Jul 2011   #2

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

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31 Jul 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

You're right, it is pretty pricey. Thanks for the fast response. Can you give me any tips on the criteria I should be looking for? I found that the GRAM specification (DDR2 vs 1 etc.) doesn't matter, but that PSU can be important/I only have PCI open, as far as I know. DirectX9 seems to be a give, but any help on X10/3D?
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31 Jul 2011   #4

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Oh, and is there any particular thing I should watch for regarding the type of PCI bus?
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31 Jul 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Need to look at those specs a little closer,

Quote:
PCI Slots 2
PCI Express x1 Slots 1
PCI Express x16 Slots 1
No need for an expensive PCI card when it has a PCI-E slot. Same card only in PCI-E and almost half the price,

Newegg.com - HIS H645H1G Radeon HD 6450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

Actually it is a little better as it is from the newer HD 6xxx series.

Or if you really want cheap as long as the rebate comes in,

Newegg.com - MSI R5450-MD1GD3H/LP Radeon HD 5450 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
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31 Jul 2011   #6

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Thanks again, I'll look closely at both links. Cursory, they both look great!

Is there any word on if these will work an older motherboard though?

(Also, I've opened this up several times to get at the RAM, but this is my first time so much as touching the PCI/PCIe busses-- anything I should know about these?)
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31 Jul 2011   #7

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

To make sure of the type bus you have look hereHow to identify the type of PCI bus? | Excel.nl
Now if you have a PCIe slot you have lots of options, but anything else....What I showed you has the best performance...this has DX10Newegg.com - HIS H545H512P Radeon HD 5450 Silence 512MB 64-bit DDR3 PCI HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card Again expensive......

Now if your running the stock PSU you will need a upgrade.....If for no other reason than it's ancient....
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31 Jul 2011   #8

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

This being the motherboard: Gateway Support - 103390*Intel (Augsburg) 915G Motherboard No CPU R0 is there any information that can be gleaned from the site/image? I would open the case up right now, but I'm away from home for a little while yet and would like to get a head start on some research.
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31 Jul 2011   #9
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The long brown slot is the PCI-E x16 slot. The two beige/white slots are the PCI slots, and the little brown slot at the bottom is the PCI-E x1 slot.
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31 Jul 2011   #10

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

You need to be sure of what slot/s you have open....ie if both pci slots are filled you will need a single width PCIe card or a 1x PCIe card....but if that's the board you have the top one is a 16x PCIe slot
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