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Windows 7: Aero effects dont work with my video card?

23 May 2009   #11
ikilledkenny

Windows 7 Professional, Windows Longhorn 4074
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Swordmaster View Post
ah ok. thank you for the help but theres 3 more questions i have.
1.) I found this video card for $24 on eBay. Would it work for my computer?
NVIDIA GeForce 8400GS Video Card 256MB DVI PCI Express

2.) Would this work better than the first? (This was $33)
NVIDIA GeForce 8600GT Video Card 256MB DVI PCI Express



3.) How can you tell what video cards will work?
1) If it's $24, don't get it. It's also on eBay, so don't get it. And no, you need AGP or PCI, not PCIE. It's also a bad gaming card.
2) It would work better (not in your computer, for the same reason as above), but it's still not a good card.
3)Video cards come use different slots. A video card should work if you buy it new. If you but one used (not reccomended), it is more likely to not work than to work well. Also, an AGP card will not fit in a PCI, PCIE, or a PCIEx16 slot.

All in all, go with the Radeon 3850. It's AGP, and it is better than the two nVidia cards that you suggested.


Also suggested, upgrade your RAM. 7 must hog a lot of it if you only have 512MB. Bump that up to a GB (no more than 2GB, as your computer does not support it). Your computer uses DDR RAM, so make sure you don't buy DDR2/3. I really don't like that processor. If you can, try to get a newer one that runs on Socket 754 (preferably a dual-core processor). Your hard drive seems fine. DVD drive is good. Sound is good.

Looks like your set. If you take my advice, than your computer will run Windows 7 really well.


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23 May 2009   #12
Swordmaster

Windows 7 7100
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ikilledkenny View Post
Also suggested, upgrade your RAM. 7 must hog a lot of it if you only have 512MB. Bump that up to a GB (no more than 2GB, as your computer does not support it). Your computer uses DDR RAM, so make sure you don't buy DDR2/3. I really don't like that processor. If you can, try to get a newer one that runs on Socket 754 (preferably a dual-core processor). Your hard drive seems fine. DVD drive is good. Sound is good.

Looks like your set. If you take my advice, than your computer will run Windows 7 really well.
hmm well I have upgraded my RAM to 1.5 gigs, and i have also bought a 1 TB external HD. the only problem really is aero effects not showing up so i dont believe i need an AMAZING video card.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 12eason View Post
Seriously, I would not spend that kind of money on a graphics card for a system that will be clearly out matched by it. You'll run into problems with the power supply for one.

You could pick up something on ebay for less than $30 that would run aero quite comfortably and would slot straight in without any hassle. Anything at or above a Geforce 6 series or Ati X1** series would be fine for most purposes.

Obviously you won't be breaking any framerate records, but something tells me that's not really an issue for you, since you'd probably know all this stuff already if it was.
i was thinking about getting the:
Nvidia GeForce 6200a 256 AGP Video Card


how would that do?
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23 May 2009   #13
12eason

Windows 7077
 
 

The 6200 is fine, but there has been one or two reports of the drivers not working correctly, although for most people they seem fine.
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23 May 2009   #14
12eason

Windows 7077
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ikilledkenny View Post
1) If it's $24, don't get it. It's also on eBay, so don't get it.
I forget Ebay varies from country to country, but here it's fairly safe to buy from so long as you are careful.

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All in all, go with the Radeon 3850.
It also requires a 30amp 12v rail, which would need a new 500w psu.

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If you can, try to get a newer one that runs on Socket 754 (preferably a dual-core processor).
lol. Maybe you should do some research?
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23 May 2009   #15
torrentg

7600.20510 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 12eason View Post
It also requires a 30amp 12v rail, which would need a new 500w psu.
Check my specs. I run on 350W psu with 2 IDE HDD in raid 1 also connected that I don't list. And that is while Firewire powering my MOTU audio interface.

This graphics card is awesome and can be overclocked to 810 MHz gpu and over 2300 MHz memory, easily out of the box. Plays H.A.W.X. on DX10 highest settings without stutters, if that's any indication.

As for the 6200, I have one in another machine. If the goal is to be gaming, I'd really have to say you want something better for sure. However, it handles Aero perfectly well.
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23 May 2009   #16
12eason

Windows 7077
 
 

You know when a cheap power supply fails on one rail, it will tend to spike the other rails and blow components all over the system.
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24 May 2009   #17
Swordmaster

Windows 7 7100
 
 

Just 1 more question...
I have DDR memory (RAM) and the video card i wanna get has:
256 MB GDDR2 memory

would this have any effect?
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24 May 2009   #18
7Heaven

Windows 7 7260 X86
 
 

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24 May 2009   #19
Swordmaster

Windows 7 7100
 
 

Just 1 more question...
I have DDR memory (RAM) and the video card i wanna get has:
256 MB DDR2 memory

would this have any effect?
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24 May 2009   #20
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No it won't. One has nothing to do with the other.
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