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Not sure which NVIDIA graphics card to buy for my system using Windows 7.


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#1 andrewset

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 11:40 PM

I'm using an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra graphics card, but I recently upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7, and now my screen is too bright, and I was told by NVIDIA that no Brightness adjuster exists in the NVIDIA Control Panel for this card under Windows 7, even with the latest driver for this series of cards. My monitor brightness is already set to zero, so I now need to replace my graphics card with one that's compatible with Windows 7. Could you please help me choose the card that's the closest in every way to my current card, NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Ultra? I only need it to be compliant with my system and Windows 7, but otherwise I don't want to pay too much for something too superior. I only need the Brightness control to return to the NVIDIA Control Panel. Information on my system:

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#2 Vaerli

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:09 AM

Hmmm.

What do you do with your system? You might actually need the better graphics card, and thats a pretty high end one, or it was for its time. Its probably faster than anything else you'll get for cheap.

Anyways, here's a fairly cheap one - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...0-465-_-Product

Try and fiddle around with it some more. You really shouldn't have to replace your card just for brightness. If you go to your control panel, hit "display" and then "calibrate color" you might be able to find something that helps, like the gamma.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:39 AM

if you want NVIDIA, I would suggest using EVGA or PNY cards. but come on, how bout ATI? :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 11:57 AM

ATI cards have more bang for the buck.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 01:47 PM

Unfortunately, the way I have to have the display set now, to not be too bright, is to turn the Gamma and colors down, which produces a sort of ugly desaturated gray appearance all throughout, which is bad since I'm a graphic artist who uses Photoshop! XD

I mainly use it for Photoshop and word processing, and sometimes 3ds max.

Whatever card would be cheap, Win7-compliant, and pretty much do what this card did would be awesome!=) I just don't know what works in my system, so I wanted to ask here before I do it. A link to a newegg card that would be compatible would be great for me!XD Is that one compliant, Vaerli?=)

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:18 PM

For your purposes, a Radeon HD 4670 would be sufficient.
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Posted 07 December 2009 - 03:24 PM

Which version of photoshop are you using? If its CS4, it might be nice to get a bit higher end of card, as it takes advantage of the GPU's power.

It should be compliant. I believe your GeForce FX 5950 Ultra has a AGP 8x slot, which you will have to take out, and replace with whichever one you get. I looked through some .pdfs from it, and it said it was an AGP 8x slot.

ATI cards have more bang for the buck.


I might actually like ATI cards if I could ever find out how their numbering system works. Of course, Nvidia's 100s series confuses me now, its not much better either.

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 12:24 PM

I also e-mailed NVIDIA my question, and they pointed me to a list of cards that work with Win7:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/io_1241025430517.html
So would the oldest card on that list, GeForce 6100, be as good as my GeForce FX 5950 Ultra card? I'm interested in the oldest one because I assume it'll be the cheapest and also the closest to my old card (from about 5 years ago!), so it should do what my card does and fit in my system and with my motherboard or whatever. Please let me know.
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Posted 11 December 2009 - 02:28 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814130465

Thats still the best solution for you. You can't get a much cheaper video card. The 6100's are obsolete to the point that they don't even sell them anymore.

If you really want to shave 10$ off, you can go for this card, but the brand isn't as well known. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814143040

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 02:46 AM

Your monitor is too bright even at the zero setting?

Anyway, this card would be your best bet:
EVGA GeForce 6200 (Win 7 compatible)

Edited by ReviverSoft, 11 December 2009 - 02:59 AM.

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 03:34 AM

Your monitor is too bright even at the zero setting?

Anyway, this card would be your best bet:
EVGA GeForce 6200 (Win 7 compatible)


ummmm the 6000 series is ancient. 6200 is older, I think something newer would suite him far better. if he really wants NVIDA at least a 9xxx card or a 2xx series card.

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 07:25 AM

ummmm the 6000 series is ancient. 6200 is older, I think something newer would suite him far better. if he really wants NVIDA at least a 9xxx card or a 2xx series card.

.............but can you get one for an AGP slot though. Agreed, the cards suggested will be considerably slower than the 5900 currently used.

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 01:16 PM

On newegg, this is the fastest card he can get for his system, its a 7600GS, the 8000 series was pci express x16, which he doesn't have a slot for.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814143069

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 01:24 PM

Your monitor is too bright even at the zero setting?

Anyway, this card would be your best bet:
EVGA GeForce 6200 (Win 7 compatible)


ummmm the 6000 series is ancient. 6200 is older, I think something newer would suite him far better. if he really wants NVIDA at least a 9xxx card or a 2xx series card.


I have no problems suggesting the latest card mate, just that he has an AGP 4X/8X slot for expansion.

The 6200 is the most popular nvidia card for the AGP interface right now. There is also the 7600 GS but that's not exactly cheap nor is it reliable(usage and compatibility issues).

ATI cards offer more bang for the buck but the decent ones are expensive (starts from $60) comparatively, leaving only the older models at lower prices.

If OP could post a budget, we might be able to suggest the perfect card.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 11 December 2009 - 01:27 PM.

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