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Can you recommend a video card to work with Windows 7 and Direc3D?


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rocco1005

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Can you recommend a video card to work with Windows 7 and Direc3D? All i want is the screen savers to work but Windows 7 says that i need a video card compatible with Direc3D. I dont do any gaming just want to be able for some nice 3d screen savers to be able to work and its really confusing knowing what will work with Windows 7 and Direc3D. Any recommendations and/or links are appreciated.
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Whether it works with Windows 7 is irrelevant at the moment because we don't know anything about your computer.

How old is it? What brand is it? What model number is it?
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a few years old, no brand it was custom made, 3.0 ghz pentium 4, 4gb ram.
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We need information. Unfortunately we can't help going on the basis of "a few years old" (how many is a few?).

Take the side of the case off, and the motherboard will have a brand name (Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte are the common ones, there are others) and a model number.
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ok guys here is everything for you:


Motherboard ID 63-0100-000001-00101111-042905-iSPGDL_G$EV915001_BIOS DATE: 04/29/05 21:08:57 VER: 08.00.10
Motherboard Name Intel Eatonville D915GEV

Motherboard Physical Info
CPU Sockets/Slots 1 Socket 775
Expansion Slots 4 PCI, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16
RAM Slots 4 DDR2 DIMM
Integrated Devices Audio, Video, LAN
Form Factor ATX
Motherboard Size 240 mm x 300 mm
Motherboard Chipset i915G

Motherboard Manufacturer
Company Name Intel Corporation

VIDEO ADAPTER PROPERTIES BELOW:

Field Value
Video Adapter Properties
Device Description Standard VGA Graphics Adapter
Adapter String VGA
BIOS String Hardware Version 0.0
Chip Type Intel®915G/915GV/910GL Graphics Chip Accelerated VGA BIOS
DAC Type 8 bit
Installed Drivers vga (6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)), framebuf (6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)), vga256 (6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255)), vga64k (6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255))
Memory Size 7872 KB


GRAPHICS PROCESSOR PROPERTIES BELOW:
Field Value
Graphics Processor Properties
Video Adapter
GPU Code Name Grantsdale-G
PCI Device 8086 / 2582
Bus Type Integrated
GPU Clock 333 MHz
RAMDAC Clock 400 MHz
Pixel Pipelines 4
TMU Per Pipeline 1
Vertex Shaders 1 (v2.0)
Pixel Shaders 1 (v2.0)
DirectX Hardware Support DirectX v9.0
Pixel Fillrate 1332 MPixel/s
Texel Fillrate 1332 MTexel/s

Graphics Processor Manufacturer
Company Name Intel Corporation
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o yea power supply is 350 watts
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You board Intel Eatonville D915GEV supports Windows (see the link below)

http://www.intel.com...pboards/d915gev and check under compatibility/supported operating systems.

As for the video Card you need one that supports DirectX 11 (PCI-Express 1.0 slots are not compatible with PCI-Express 2.1 cards. Lots of people have reported issues with attempting this) Make sure your card supports maximum PCI-E 2.0 which are compatible with your 16x PCI-E slot.

Here is an example of a card:

Radeon HD 5450 http://www.hisdigita...duct2-507.shtml that is conpatible DirectX 11 and PCI-E 16x & 2.0

Also NVIDIA cards are as good it all depends on each preferences.

As for your Power Supply check what is the minimum required for your new card and buy bigger to be safe (if minimum required 400w buy 550 or 600)

Just make sure the cards supports PCI-E 1.0 (16x) or 2.0 and directX 11

Edited by Alzeimer, 12 December 2010 - 11:40 AM.

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alright, thanks alot for you help, that cleared things up. One question though, in your post you said to get a card that supports a maximum pci-e 2.0 then at the bottom of the post you said make sure the card supports pci-e 1.o , which one would i need? thanks

Edited by rocco1005, 12 December 2010 - 01:18 PM.

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You will need a card that supports either PCI-E version 1.0 (16x) or version 2.0

Version 2.1 cards will not be compatible with your board
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ok thanks alot. last question. does it have to be for directX 11 or will direct X 10 still work? reason is I see most cards just say Direct X 10.

Edited by rocco1005, 12 December 2010 - 02:14 PM.

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You can buy a directX 10 compatible card and it will work, was suggesting version 11 because it is best suited with windows 7
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