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Windows 7: Replacing graphic cards on a 7 year old machine?

10 Aug 2015   #11
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

P18 and P19 are likely candidates for graphics card power, if they are long enough to reach the card when it's installed.

Curious, but how come the two cards already installed aren’t plugged into the power supply, is the board its attached to the power ?
The two installed cards probably have low enough power requirements that they don't need the extra power. They get their power from the motherboard.

A new card should have enough clearance to fit over the Southbridge chip (the silver grid thing) if it is put into the bottom most slot in the picture. Hopefully the hold down spring won't get in the way.

Thanks for all the good pictures.

I don't know what graphics cards cost in Ireland, but here in Canada they can be pretty high. If you're looking at Nvidia, the average cost of a capable card is $450 to $600 CDN. You could save money by getting an ATI Radeon card and the performance is comparable, depending on the card match up. I have a really good Radeon R9 280 that's currently selling for around $289.00 CDN, and it performs really well.

XFX Black Edition Double D Radeon R9 280 R9-280A-TDBD 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card -

Just a thought. There are some comparable ATI cards out there that cost a little less than Nvidia if budget is a concern.

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10 Aug 2015   #12

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

I'm sure adapters are around a 980 you'd have to use both of those harnesses

Since the 980's have been out for a little while the GTX 960 and even 750's are probably half price if not lower
I would stick with NVidia either EVGA or ASUS are my preference but even Zodiac has some good offerings

For the record the P 19 looks like it only has 8 wires going to it I'd bet "and that good" because that's enough not sure why it's got a 10 male end instead of 8 ?
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13 Aug 2016   #13

Win 7 Ultimate x64
Update from Colette?

Did your system work with a dual (or single) 9 or 10 series graphics cards?
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