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Windows 7: Choosing a new graphics card

25 May 2012   #1
fcogburn

64bit Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Choosing a new graphics card

Hi, I'm gonna update my wives graphics card so that she can run Windows 7. Is this a good card for an older desktop? Evga 01G-P3-1521-KR- GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64bit ddr3. Thanks for any help making up my mind . She's not a gamer but I want a decent card. Frank


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25 May 2012   #2
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Other than that the 520 is DirectX 11 and lower power requirements, it has nothing else over the 9600 GT and in fact is a step backwards,

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You would be replacing what was a mid-range card with what is for all intents and purposes a low end card, albeit current gen.

If not for gaming, what is wrong with your current card? It still has full/current Windows 7 support from Nvidia for drivers.
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25 May 2012   #3
fcogburn

64bit Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stormy13 View Post
Other than that the 520 is DirectX 11 and lower power requirements, it has nothing else over the 9600 GT and in fact is a step backwards,

Video Card Comparison - GPUReview.com

You would be replacing what was a mid-range card with what is for all intents and purposes a low end card, albeit current gen.

If not for gaming, what is wrong with your current card? It still has full/current Windows 7 support from Nvidia for drivers.
I guess I didn't make myself clear. The computer only has onboard graphics now. Just want a good enough card to put in it that she can run Windows 7. Thanks for the response. Frank
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26 May 2012   #4
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

That card would be an improvement over integrated for sure.
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26 May 2012   #5
ToxicXGL

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Integrated graphics can already support windows 7 if you want better graphics on your computer or video editing or watching or even minimal gaming get somthing along the lines of a 540 or somthing not to expensive but works all right
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26 May 2012   #6
fcogburn

64bit Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks, 540 or better it is then.

Frank
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26 May 2012   #7
UnknownReverent

MS Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

What's your price range and what you want to be able to do? We can help pick something inexpensive out.
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