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In need recommendations for a video card that supports the Windows Vista AERO experience


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#1 Rei Santino

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 11:08 AM

I'm trying to find the cheapest possible video card for my system that will enable me to use Vista's AERO effects. I believe the requirements for that are:

1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor //Check; Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.80 GHz 2.79 GHz (scores a 3.3 Vista rating)
1 GB (1 gigabyte) of memory //Check; 2 GB
graphics processor with minimum of 128 MB graphics memory, which supports DirectX 9, with a Windows Display Driver Model driver, Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware, and 32 bits per pixel //Needed.

If it matters, I have a Dell Optiplex GX270 with the following motherboard specs:

Motherboard Top
Property 	Value
Manufacturer 	Dell Computer Corp.
Model 	0DG286
Serial Number 	..CN6986141V4298.
  	 
North Bridge 	Intel i865P/PE/G/i848P Revision A2
South Bridge 	Intel 82801EB (ICH5) Revision A2
  	 
CPU 	Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Cpu Socket 	Socket 478 mPGA
  	 
System Slots 	1 PCI, 1 AGP
  	 
Memory Summary 	 
Maximum Capacity 	4096 MBytes
Memory Slots 	2
Error Correction 	None
I guess it's a standard PCI slot I have, but if you need to see for yourself, this model fits into it: http://www.overstock.com/Electronics/ATI-Radeon-9200-Video-Card-128MB-PCI-Slot/3248665/product.html

I wanted to point out that the Dell is a slimline, so the video card will need to be on the thinner side. The cheapest you can find that fits the bill will work.

Any help appreciated! Thanks.

Edited by Rei Santino, 11 November 2010 - 11:10 AM.


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Posted 11 November 2010 - 11:38 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161318&cm_re=agp_video_card-_-14-161-318-_-Product

You should have an AGP slot. I feel guilty for suggesting that(in reference to putting more money into an older system).

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 11:52 AM

Thanks, will look into that. On a slightly cheaper note, would a Jaton 3Dforce FX5200TV fit the bill for AERO?

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 02:59 PM

It should. It meets minimum specs.

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