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Windows 7: Bought a video card (and upgraded the PSU)

07 Mar 2013   #1
Wrenches

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 
Bought a video card (and upgraded the PSU)

When I built my system a few months ago I had a Celeron G540 and I thought the Intel HD Graphics 1000 was pretty decent. When the i3-2105 was $25 off at Newegg I bought it because it has Intel HD Graphics 3000 and I thought it'd be better. The CPU is much better but the graphics seems to be the same.

My sis saw me leaning forward to read the text and mentioned it. I didn't realize I was doing that but I thought my 17" monitor was too small. It turned out that the text is somewhat blurry so I ordered a Sapphire HD 6670 video card and a Seasonic 550w Bronze because I wasn't sure if my Corsair CX430 will handle more wattage. I'm playing it safe.

Got the stuff today and installed them. Blew me away, good lord! The text is lot easier to see and the video's much better as I can see more detail.

So the Intel HD Graphics is that bad? Jeez.

EDIT: by the way, the resolution is 1280 x 1024.


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07 Mar 2013   #2
TwoCables

 

For 2D stuff like what you're talking about, onboard video like that should be more than good enough and clear enough. Blurry text is usually a sign that the monitor is not in its Native Resolution.

Also, the CX430 would have been major overkill for this video card.
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08 Mar 2013   #3
Wrenches

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

The monitor is at native resolution.
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08 Mar 2013   #4
TwoCables

 

But, was it before?
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08 Mar 2013   #5
Wrenches

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Yes.
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08 Mar 2013   #6
TwoCables

 

I guess it could have been settings that needed to be set in the control panel for the Intel graphics, but I don't really know for sure.
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08 Mar 2013   #7
Thorsen

Win7 Home Premium 64x
 
 

Might have been that cleartype was not being used. I don't know if this was due to the integrated graphics, but I am glad your new card fixed it for ya.

Windows 7: ClearType Text
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08 Mar 2013   #8
Wrenches

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

Trust me, everything possible was done, clear type, graphics control panel and a look in the tutorials for a clue. What I could've done was to increase the text size and it'll probably read better but does nothing for videos.

The video card fixed all.
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