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Windows 7: Building A Computer


09 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit OEM
 
 
Building A Computer

Can anyone help me decide on a graphics card for my new computer? It's Going to have windows 7 64 bit and I have heard horror stories as to its graphic card compatibility, more like there are certain ATI cards that have died at its hands and certain Nvidia cards that just don't work. Mostly I just want it for gaming and want to spend about $170 or so. So far my new comp is going to be this....

Apevia X-Qpack 2 Cube Case with 500W Power Supply
Gigabyte GA-785GMT-USB3.0 Motherboard
Phenom II x4 965 Black Edition
8gb (4x2gb) DDR3/1333
Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB 3gb/s SATA Hard Drive

I loved Windows 7 and used the RC until my old comp died and want to make the jump to 64 bit but I want to make sure I'm not going to cook my card or anything vital. Once I decide on a graphics card the rest is easy but I'm basically stuck here.

Also if this does not seem like a sound build let me know please. I am fairly good with computers but I'm still a noobsauce when it comes to most of the hardware. Thanks.


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09 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Welcome!

The stories you heard are inaccurate, to say the least. Windows 7 is very good with compatibility, better than its predecessor, Vista.

Windows 7 cannot "fry" cards. If anything can fry a card, it is a power surge or hardware malfunction.

So, fear not! Just buy a modern card, and it will tell you if it is compatible with Windows 7.
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09 Feb 2010   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

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09 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7 64-bit
 
 

Build looks solid. I love that type of case, I have the same one.
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09 Feb 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit OEM
 
 

Well thanks for the input on that. Actually What I have heard specifically is that ATI drivers were very unstable in 64 bit Windows 7 and causing malfunctions. It might just be a load of garbage but one kid said his card died from it.
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09 Feb 2010   #6

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

For the games and 3d graphics packages I use it for, my nvidia GTX285 has been rock solid on x64.

The bit about cooking video cards has a tiny bit of validity but it's mainly because people are REALLY stressing their cards out running some apps/games for hours and hours and some laptops and homebuilt machines have barely adequet cooling. Coupled with what looks like a rash of slightly poorer product quality from ALL manufacturers (RHOS unfortunately has caused a lot of solder problems even today), and added part counts, more video cards are burning out today than they were even 4-5 years ago.

But maybe only about 1% Windows 7 "fault" for daring to use any 3d interface whatsoever but its demands are EXTREMELY low compared to any 3d app your will be running on it.
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09 Feb 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xxmakroxx View Post
Well thanks for the input on that. Actually What I have heard specifically is that ATI drivers were very unstable in 64 bit Windows 7 and causing malfunctions. It might just be a load of garbage but one kid said his card died from it.
It is a load of garbage. See my specs below, never had a problem stability-wise due to ATI drivers. More like the kid killed his card overclocking it, which if that is the case can also cause instability (even more so if he didn't know what he was doing).
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09 Feb 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit OEM
 
 

Well then I guess it's time to go shopping. My first thought was to use an ATI card but I needed to hear it from people who know before I made a purchase like that. Thanks so much guys.
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09 Feb 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I'm running Nvidia cards at work and at home on my 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and they have been just fine. I'm running some Nvidia 8600GT's on some work desktops and an Nvidia 9800GTX+ on my primary box at home. My laptop has an Nvidia Quadro NVS 160M and it's been just fine on Win 7 32-bit.
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09 Feb 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I am using an old [cheap] nVidia 7200 GS, that I found for $10 on Tigerdirect. I have an AMD chipset, to boot. I have had no problems since I found the right drivers for it.
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