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Is the Graphics card I'm considering compatible with my system?


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#1 Sandshark23

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 03:50 AM

Hello all,
I was out in the city today exploring a lot of asian computer stores and i found something that look good, and was in my price range: A NVIDIA GeForce 7500 Graphics card for only $35. I though instantly "Thats what I want!"
HOWEVER, my computer has had a long and annoying past life and I don't want to add to the number of times that Windows has been re-installed on my computer :thumbsup:
So I am going to be very cautios, asking you guys first about whether I should buy this or not.
I couldnt find the specs of a 7500LE, I could only find the specs for the 7600GT, so here they are:

GeForce 7600 GT
Graphics Bus Technology PCI Express®
Memory 256MB
Memory Interface 128-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 22.4
Fill Rate (Billion pixels/sec) 6.7
Vertices/Second (Millions) 700
Pixels per clock (peak) 12
RAMDACs (MHz) 400


And here are the specs of my computer:
OS: Windows XP Home Edition SP2
Motherboard: Intel Pentium 4 1.70GHz
RAM: 1GB

I was thinking that the power supply could be a factor, but I don't know how to find it...

If there is anymore information needed, let me know :huh:
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:04 AM

You need to verify if/what kind of graphics slot you have available.

A computer of that age likely has either an AGP or no slot for a video card. Many 7500LEs were available for AGP slots. Before you spend any money, look and see if you have a slot available to use for a new videocard.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 04:11 PM

You need to verify if/what kind of graphics slot you have available.

A computer of that age likely has either an AGP or no slot for a video card. Many 7500LEs were available for AGP slots. Before you spend any money, look and see if you have a slot available to use for a new videocard.


OK, the current graphics card I have (GeForce MX440) Is an AGP, but i don't know if I can take the 7500, because the 7600 says PCI.
...After some research, I found that the 7500 needs a PCI express, but I am not so sure, so I am going to take a few more measures to find out about it.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 09:45 PM

Given the speed and age of your PC, you may end up bottlenecking with cards of recent GeForce or Radeon models. There still are standard PCI models of graphics cards on the market, but they often do not have the bandwidth to compete against PCI-Express or even AGP. Your power supply will also be a factor, there should be a sticker on the back of the PC where the power cord plugs into that lists the wattage. Here are the specs on the 7500 LE. It looks like it is AGP, but there may be a standard PCI variant somewhere. If this is a simple productivity PC or if your current graphics card is failing, by all means look into new cards. But this is not anywhere near a recent generation of cards with the ATI GPU's based on the R300, R420, R520, R600, R700, and the newest generation, the Evergreen architecture following it.

Edited by DJBPace07, 05 October 2009 - 09:51 PM.

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