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Windows 7: Nvidia graphic card-budget is 100 $ max!

25 Jan 2011   #1
sreedhav

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 
Nvidia graphic card-budget is 100 $ max!

Dear friends,
The need for a better graphic card has come for me!

1) i do not play any games on my desktop.

2) My need is excellent TO top-class picture resolution

3) My budget is 100$ max!

4) i slant heavily towards Nvidia, as my experience with them was good

5) one of my medical friends suggested XFX GeForce 9500GT for the
desktop.

6) i browsed the web and found some comments for &against the above
card

7) i have an Intel DG35EC (3SERIES) mother board (desktop)


8) I have a Toshiba satellite L300 series (PSLBGG) laptop too and any
suggestions for a correct graphic card for it will be really helpful .I do
not mind shelling out an extra 70-90 $ for it as the pic. quality is even
worse ! The M-B is Intel's, though it is mentioned as Toshiba's!

I thank all the knowledgeable folks who take time off to guide me
regarding these graphic cards!

Regards,
DR.Sreedhav


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25 Jan 2011   #2
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

what's wrong with the one you have?
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25 Jan 2011   #3
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

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25 Jan 2011   #4
Punkster

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64-bit)
 
 

Take a look at these:

Newegg.com - Computer Hardware,Video Cards & Video Devices,Desktop Graphics / Video Cards,NVIDIA,$75 - $100

I think a GT 240 1GB GDDR5 would fit your needs.
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25 Jan 2011   #5
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sreedhav View Post
Dear friends,
The need for a better graphic card has come for me!

1) i do not play any games on my desktop.

2) My need is excellent TO top-class picture resolution

3) My budget is 100$ max!

4) i slant heavily towards Nvidia, as my experience with them was good

5) one of my medical friends suggested XFX GeForce 9500GT for the
desktop.

6) i browsed the web and found some comments for &against the above
card

7) i have an Intel DG35EC (3SERIES) mother board (desktop)


8) I have a Toshiba satellite L300 series (PSLBGG) laptop too and any
suggestions for a correct graphic card for it will be really helpful .I do
not mind shelling out an extra 70-90 $ for it as the pic. quality is even
worse ! The M-B is Intel's, though it is mentioned as Toshiba's!

I thank all the knowledgeable folks who take time off to guide me
regarding these graphic cards!

Regards,
DR.Sreedhav
Your motherboard has a PCI-E X16 slot for a graphics card, so most new graphics cards will work in it. (PCI-E 2.0 and 2.1 are supposed to be backwards compatible with the original PCI-E X16 slot.)

I'm not sure what to recommend. There are nVidia GT430 (Fermi) cards available in the US for considerably less than $100, and they support 2560X1600 resolution. They are the low-end of the current generation of products.

Your Toshiba laptop appears to not be among the small minority of laptop PCs with a discrete graphics controller. I believe that you cannot reasonably upgrade the onboard graphics.
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25 Jan 2011   #6
sreedhav

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
what's wrong with the one you have?
Dear Zepher,
An excellent question! The one i have is Zotac Nvidia GE Force 8400 and in the Nvidia website this driver was only in the archives, so i presumed it's quite ancient!

You have really hit the nail on it's head! If a better graphics is not palpably achieved in my desktop multi-media players and Divx player, then i see no point in an upgrade! This was the main reason that i posted the question. I am so pleased with your forthright & analytical approach, i am giving you a big +!

Thought i could get a better graphic card for the lappy,but it does not seem to be possible!

I look forward to your further analysis of whether to keep the G-card i have for the desktop or get a new one! Thanks mate! I'll be waiting for your reply! My thanks go out to the other posters for the fast and educative responses! I never knew that the Intel M-B (3 series) is so versatile!

regards,
Sreedhav:)
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25 Jan 2011   #7
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I personally see no reason to upgrade that card since all you are using it for is basic 2D work and no games.
Now if it only has 1 DVI and 1 VGA and you plan on running more than 1 screen, then I would suggest either getting a replacement card with Dual DVI, or DVI and HDMI so that both screens run in Digital mode, vs 1 on Analog VGA, if your screens are DVI capable. some lower end LCD monitors are VGA only, and I would avoid those.
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25 Jan 2011   #8
sreedhav

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Dear Dwarf,
I thank you for two specific reasons!

1) For making it very clear that the laptop i have cannot have better graphics

2) For the excellent hyperlink you posted! I am really "naive" regarding these Graphic cards, so pardon me for asking whether one of the recommendations in your link was " EVGA 01G-P3-N959TR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB DDR2 PCI-Express 2.0 Graphics Card"
Are the GT series,newer and better than the GE series?
3) To confess openly, the Graphics card NvidiaGeForce 8400 GE series i have, though old is giving okay TO good graphics. So, for a non-gaming guy like me, is this upgrade necessary? This is the second time i am posting the same question! In India, it is quite common for patients and/or their relatives asking physicians like us for a SECOND OPINION!

Thanking you and regards,
DR.Sreedhav
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27 Jan 2011   #9
sreedhav

MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Tap,tap! Is anybody out there? (Copied from Pink Floyd's --The WALL")

Under: Control Panel-- All Control Panel Items-- Performance Information and Tools--> WEI (Windows Experience Index) is getting pulled down by "Desktop Performance for Windows Aero" under :Graphics.

On a scale of 1.0-7.9, the above was 3.5? So, i request you tell me what's gone wrong?

Regards,
Sreedhav
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27 Jan 2011   #10
thefabe

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3
 
 

For the desktop I would go with something like this Sparkle Gt430 Fremi $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814187135
It is however a low profile card yet you can find other 430's on the link above.
Fabe
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