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Windows 7: Graphics card suggestions please


05 Feb 2014   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Graphics card suggestions please

I have an Intel computer with the system specs now listed in my Profile. This board is a couple of years old and has an earlier expansion slot for PCI e 2.0x16 (no 3.0). I do not do gaming except for possibly flight (flying) programs. The current graphics card does not have an HDMI plug and this is my preference for hooking to my HDTV. I will mainly be using this computer for entertainment; watching Bly-rays and HDTV. It will most probably have the System Drive replaced with a 120GB SSD, if that makes any difference.
What are the Video Cards available to best fit my purposes? All suggestions welcome..
Thanks!

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05 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16
 
 

If you don`t want to spend too much but still have a good card, you could go with a 760.

EVGA - Products - Graphics - GeForce 700 Series Family - GTX 760

And yes, an ssd will be much better.
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06 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

You've got a good PSU. How much are you looking to spend on GPU?

AddRAM's suggestion will be a good choice to look into. You can also check these.

https://www.google.com/#q=AMD+cards+...rices&tbm=shop

Out of the lot, this one is what I would like to have.

https://www.google.com/shopping/prod...d=0CKIBEKYrMAM

They might have given a bit higher price. You can get this for much less.
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06 Feb 2014   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Thanks for the responses

I'm thinking under $200. I was hoping for some highlight points of information on what features in a card are beneficial for my intents and what is money wasted overkill. (I have no knowledge in this area and want to learn)
Thanks again
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06 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

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11 Feb 2014   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi idahjo,

You may refer to article: February 2014: Best Graphics Cards For The Money for detailed price/performance comparison of various video cards and select one as per your needs. Most modern video cards come with HDMI slot or a converter, so you would not face any difficulty connecting an HDMI display.
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11 Feb 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 / WinXP Pro x86 on (2)
 
 

You say your older motherboard doesn't have PCIe 3.0 but only has 2.0. So I would think it makes no sense to get a "latest and greatest" card which will use lots of power and may have a compatibility issue with your board.

Also, you're not a gamer you say, so you don't need to get a screaming fast card.

You haven't mentioned whether your case is "small form factor" which require low-profile expansion cards/brackets or "mid-tower (full-size)" which take full size cards/brackets.

But a pretty decent upgrade that's still modestly priced and low-power (doesn't require external PCIe power connection) is this full-size Diamond HD7750, with DVI/HDMI/DP connectors. If you currently have an HD4850 then the HD7750 uses about 1/2 the power and outperforms the HD4850. And it has three digital connectors.
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11 Feb 2014   #8

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

Case is a GTX mid-tower.
Thanks kindly for the suggestions. I will check them out.
Giving serious consideration to updating the motherboard to a GigaByte with PCIe 3.0.
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11 Feb 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Updating the motherboard would be a good option to consider,Dsperber very good point!
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11 Feb 2014   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Gigabyte ga-z77x-ud3h

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Devlin1888 View Post
Updating the motherboard would be a good option to consider,Dsperber very good point!
Search Results for GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H at TigerDirect.com
This is what I'm considering. Believe it should work well with the Intel i7 2600K CPU from the old Intel DP67BG motherboard. I have had very good luck with GigaByte boards in the past but were always AMD based; this is the first venture with an Intel chip.
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