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Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by cameronh779, May 30, 2014.

  1. cameronh779

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    Hello all,

    I recently bought a what I believe is called a ''slim'' desktop. It is older hardware and nothing too special but it does what I need it to do without any issues. Only thing is it is currently using on-board graphics specifically an Intel 865G chip. It doesn't support Windows Aero and occasionally reduces the quality of my Netflix streaming.

    I just opened it up and was looking at how the graphics installation would go. There is a picture below of what I saw. There is 5 1/2 inches clearance from the top of the PCI slot to the PSU, and there is almost 8 inches of length in the other direction. I doubt I need anything that big but I checked anyways.

    Simply, what is the cheapest option I have for a PCI Graphics Card (used of course) that will support Aero and work a little better than what I have?

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    I was hoping I could stick to around 10-15$ used. Its definitely not worth 50$ for me to get Aero working.

    What are the general price range of those?
     
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    for a pci card, they are all about the same, starting around 50 bucks...it doesn't have a huge market so the prices don't really change much at all

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    troll ebay for pci 8400gs, 9400gs, gt430, gt610, even keep an eye out for ati/amd pci cards of the hd2400, hd3430 as they made a few pci cards as well...ebay might be your only bet to get one at a deal
     
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    Wow! I had no idea they were so expensive. I figured for what I wanted I could get a cheap old card but I guess it is kind of like how the older ram became more expensive than the newer. I will check ebay out. Thanks!
     
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    Would it need to be low profile based on my measurements?
     
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    shouldn't need to be low profile, most of the cards for pci are going to be fairly simple design and should fit no issues
     
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    It does indeed look like it needs to be I just looked. Its definitely not the same size as the bays on towers,
     
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    Are those cards you listed the ONLY ones that will do what I need?
     
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    well, I suppose a Geforce 6200 could do the trick for Aero but I don't know how would it fare with HD video.
     
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    I'm not running HD video. Just 480p.
     
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    New PCI video card is gonna cost you some bucks, because they aren't made in quantity any more. If you want to spend $20 or less, you'll likely need to find a used one. Try Craigslist or eBay. Lots of times I see PCI video cards sitting on the shelf at Goodwill for $3.
     
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    then it should be fine.

    Anything from Geforce 6 series and up or Radeon X1000 series and up will work with Aero.
     
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    Is there anything you can find that puts them in a list? I can't seem to find anything like that.
     
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    6200gt maybe a 6600gt...those are the nvidia ones...

    x1300 (pro,xt) and maybe some x1550/x1600 (also pro and xt verisons) should be able the only things that would have been made as a pci card.

    you may even get by with previous gen cards but i wouldn't count on it.
     
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    pretty much any card you put in there is gonna be a waste of time
    also anything older then a geforce 8 or AMD 4xxx isn't gonna have hardware accleration for video I would't waste time on that whole machine isn't even worth the 50.00 you would spend on a gpu
    you aren't gonna get HD video on that machine regardless of what gpu you shove in there by the looks of its a late 2004/early 2005 ibm think center probably a northwood p4
    its CPU/memory bound
     
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    I think its a Thinkcentre or something. Haven't seen a blue Dell motherboard.

    He doesn't need video acceleration:
     
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