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Windows 7: Need Video Card Advice Please

3 Weeks Ago   #1
BuckSkin

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
Need Video Card Advice Please

My situation and needs:
Two identical desktop towers; DELL Optiplex 780m with 3.33Ghz Intel core2duo processors and 8GB RAM
We do not do games.
We use our computers for photo image editing and manipulation.
Some of our image editing programs overwhelm the integrated graphics and crash the program.

Some months ago, I installed an EVGA invidia GEForce GT730 2GB GDDR5 in one of these units; while this addition cured most of the problems with the image programs, it has caused countless headaches due to instability and random screen blackouts; my screen never blacked out with the integrated graphics. EVGA has been zero help in this matter. Please don't turn this thread into a video card troubleshooting scenario as I have already been there and did all of that.

That being said, I am overwhelmed when trying to select a video card for the other computer.
I have no idea what the various GDDR5, DDR3, etc. mean and what bearing those designations have on the performance of the card.

Also, how much "GB" is plenty for my needs ?
The cards I can afford usually have 1GB, and at most 2GB; what is the significance of these amounts ?


The invidia card that I already have has three monitor ports, VGA, DVI, and HDMI; and, as far as I can understand, is capable of supporting three monitors.

I would like at least two monitor ports, preferably both of them DVI, and even better if there were three.


I can maybe afford $100.


Please recommend some STABLE trouble-free video card choices that will handle these intensive image editing programs, and have at least two DVI ports.


I want something that I can just pop in and it work and work well for a long time; this has definitely not been the experience I have had with the GTForce 730.

Thanks for reading and all help will be appreciated.



On Edit: I also do not understand this "bit" business, i.e. 128-bit, 64-bit, 256-bit, etc.

I think my invidia card is 64-bit; the card described below that I am looking at is 128-bit; I have no idea what would be the difference.

I have found Gigabyte AMD Radeon R7 240 DDR3-2GB with three monitor ports; DVI, VGA, and HDMI $55 ; would this be a good choice for my computer and my needs ?


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3 Weeks Ago   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Well being the evga card is a very old and lowend card probably using all power from the pci-e slot it's really not surprising on the performance
I doubt you'll fine a better lowend card with 2gb without separate power lines to it
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1gb and ddr5 memory would be better meaning faster seeing it would at least be using ddr5 and not ddr3 memory

Budget overrules but don't expect to use any 2gb card they need additional power is the bottom line.
I wouldn't look at anything else other than a gtx 750ti sure a little more but at least it will be appropriate
evga has good stuff
EVGA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 02G-P4-3751-KR G-SYNC Support 2GB Video Card-Newegg.com

If you really want to see bad support see asus
ASUS GeForce GTX 750 Ti DirectX 11 GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card-Newegg.com

All graphic's cards have recommended power supply requirements
You'd have to open the case and look at yours to see what Dell put into this machine.


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