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Windows 7: need advice on video card replacement -- current is Nvidia GT 620

13 Mar 2017   #1
dale5351

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
need advice on video card replacement -- current is Nvidia GT 620

I am researching the possibility of replacing my video card in my 5 year old DELL 8500. The current card is a Nvidia GT620. The specs I see are DDR3 SDRAM, 64 bit interface, 14.4 GB/sec, PCI Express 2.0, size 5.7x2.7 inch, power 49 watt, needs 300 watt system power.

My system has a 460 watt power supply.

The reason I am considering replacement is that for the past couple weeks the fan has started making much more noise than usual. I am also considering other options, e.g. oiling fan, replacing fan. I am researching those options separately.

I would be interested in specific card recommendations -- at a price of less than US$200. BUT, I am mainly interested in hearing which of the specs above are important to match in a new card, e.g. PCI Express, 64 bit interface, DDR3 (vs. DDR5), etc.


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13 Mar 2017   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

DDR5 and getting better than a 64 bit interface are the major things to think about. You have the PCIe slot in your PC, so no worries there.

You might do well with something in the Nvidia 1060 series, assuming that it isn't too large for your case. They are a little over your budget at $200 to $299, but are worth the money.

An alternative which will be cheaper is something in the Radeon R9 or RX series. Here's an example that isn't too bad:

XFX Radeon RX 470 RS Black Edition True OC DirectX 12 RX-470P437BM 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 CrossFireX Support Video Card-Newegg.com

I've had great luck with XFX cards. They're solid performers.

You aren't going to get big benchmarks out of either of these two cards, but they will do the job adequately, and play games at reasonable settings and frame rates.
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13 Mar 2017   #3
RoasterMen

Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Bigger bus width isn't always better. Faster double data rate also helps a GPU to render faster.
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13 Mar 2017   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoasterMen View Post
Bigger bus width isn't always better. Faster double data rate also helps a GPU to render faster.
While that is true in principle, you have to admit that you'll get better throughput out of a 256 bit data bus than a 64 bit data bus.
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13 Mar 2017   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
ddr5 of course

EVGA has several 1060's in your price range though but yes if it doesn't fit you must acquit
400w psu so you're good there,
EVGA - Products - Graphics - GeForce 10 Series Family - GTX 1060 3GB
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13 Mar 2017   #6
dale5351

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

How do I know whether or not my mother board will support a card with a 256 bit interface?
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14 Mar 2017   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Use this tutorial
System Info - See Your System Specs

Don't forget to use the auto upload feature by making ie11 your default browser temporarily till it's done.

Also use cpuid/ cpu-z and post the mother board or I believe Main board section screen shot
CPU-Z | Softwares | CPUID
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14 Mar 2017   #8
dale5351

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
mainboard pic

Here is the screen shot of the mainboard.
I don't see how this tells me, but I hope that you can.

Some of the newer cards want PCI 3. Can you tell if my system can use that or if I need to stick with PCI Express 2.0 x16 ?


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14 Mar 2017   #9
Bat 1

8.1 home x64
 
 

Stock 460W PSU has 3 +12V rails. 18A + 16A +8A but only have a combined output of 385W

Before going "Hog Wild" on a GPU I'd advise a High Quality aftermarket PSU with a single rail. Pay attention to the connectors on the PSU with what is needed for the GPU as well as the length of the Card.
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14 Mar 2017   #10
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Actually it's PCI-E for express not PCI-3 and yes your good
You can if you want open the side of the case
Grab a stick ruler set it on the bottom and take a picture and post it here so we can tell how much room there is in the case.
EVGA - Product Specs - EVGA GeForce GTX 1060 GAMING, 03G-P4-5160-KR, 3GB GDDR5
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Dimensions

  • Height: 4.376in - 111.15mm
  • Length: 10.5in - 266.7mm
  • Width: Dual Slot
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Requirements

  • 400 Watt or greater power supply.****
  • PCI Express, PCI Express 2.0 or PCI Express 3.0 compliant motherboard with one graphics slot.
  • An available 6-pin PCI-E power connector
  • Windows 10 32/64bit, Windows 8 32/64bit, Windows 7 32/64bit
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