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Windows 7: Graphic Card Buying Help

14 Jul 2014   #1
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 
Graphic Card Buying Help

My Graphics Card is old, 5-6 years, not really sure. It still puts out a nice picture but it is probably time for a new one. I don't do a lot of games, just surfing the net, a few games now and then. I want something better than onboard video. I don't have a firm budget but was hoping to find one in the area of $60. I just want a decent one and have no idea what to look for in the specifications. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks,


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14 Jul 2014   #2
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

This may be of some help Choosing a GPU - The Core Basics

I'll have a look around and see what I can find. A Radeon HD7750 may run at around $70 or so and might be an option.
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14 Jul 2014   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Thanks, I appreciate any help.
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14 Jul 2014   #4
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

You're welcome. Have a read through that guide then have a look around for some 7750s and check the prices. I'll search around for the best deals tomorrow night when I have more time.
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14 Jul 2014   #5
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

I am not a gamer and can recommend this card. HD 6670.

Newegg.com - Newegg, graphics cards for desktop, 6670
Good performance and quiet. I have 2 Gigabyte cards.
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15 Jul 2014   #6
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

What games do you play when you do game? If it's nothing intensive then the 6670 could be a good shout.
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15 Jul 2014   #7
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
What games do you play when you do game? If it's nothing intensive then the 6670 could be a good shout.
Thanks Indianatone for the suggestion. I usually just play sports gams, baseball, football or golf. Nothing with a lot of movement in the picture. == Here is the 6670 that caught my eye as the price is good. I noticed that the display input was red. I don't know if it means anything as all the ones I have seen are white.
XFX HD-667X-CDF3 Radeon HD 6670 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 Video Card - Newegg.com

I also found this one. What do you think about it?
EVGA 01G-P3-2631-KR GeForce GT 630 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Newegg.com

Boozad, I just noticed that you wrote the Graphics Tutorial on Seven Forums. Very nice article. I feel I am in good hands. == On both of these cards, I assume a power connection has to be made other than the PCIe slot, is that correct. I just didn't see a connection on either one.
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15 Jul 2014   #8
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Here is the 6670 that caught my eye as the price is good. I noticed that the display input was red. I don't know if it means anything as all the ones I have seen are white.
XFX HD-667X-CDF3 Radeon HD 6670 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.1 Video Card - Newegg.com
I had an XFX card in my old rig, albeit it was only an HD4000 series, and it served me well. It handled low end games and all other day to day stuff just fine. I've not seen many XFX high end cards about but at this level I think they're pretty solid.
The price is about right for a 6670, I sold mine last year for just under that after using it from new for a month or so. The size is pretty discreet and the power draw will be low which is always a bonus.

The downsides are it's only PCIe 2.1 and DDR3 so it won't make full use of any PCIe 3.0 slots you have on your motherboard, and the most up to date VRAM is DDR5, but for your usage I don't think these are deal breakers.

The DVI-D port being red is probably just XFX's brand colours showing through, or a nod towards it being an AMD card, the port will still work as normal. Do you have HDMI input on your monitor?

All in all for the price and for what you want to use it for I'd say this card is pretty decent.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
This card only has half of the VRAM the XFX model has and is restrictive on the I/O options. These two points alone would make me give this card a miss if it was a choice between the two.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
Boozad, I just noticed that you wrote the Graphics Tutorial on Seven Forums. Very nice article. I feel I am in good hands. == On both of these cards, I assume a power connection has to be made other than the PCIe slot, is that correct. I just didn't see a connection on either one.
Thanks for the compliment mate, much appreciated. The card will power from the PCIe slot and won't require any additional power connections from your PSU.
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15 Jul 2014   #9
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

I believe you sold me on the HD 6670. That is what I will get. I really appreciate your help on this. Have a good day. == I want to also thank Indianatone for the help provided.
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16 Jul 2014   #10
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM / Linux Mint
 
 

You're more than welcome mate, it was a very good recommendation by Indianatone.

Don't forget to uninstall your existing card via Device Manager before fitting your new card, give us a shout if you need any help at all.
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