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Graphics Card upgrade for Win 7

By Serpentpaws
May 17, 2009
  1. Currently have the GeForce 4, however, this is not compatible with Aero graphics with the new win 7 system. I have a 17" LED monitor I would like to use. Currently using a CRT. After viewing what I have what is the hot Graphics situation that will operate with my system. Keeping in mind the pocket book is frugal but sometimes a little more spent is cost effective in the long run. Not much of a gamer but love flight sims and such. Are there any other upgrades that should be considered?
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,934   +167

    Any graphics card compatible with DX10 will work
     
  3. Serpentpaws

    Serpentpaws TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm not sure what DX10 represents however I'm sure in my searching I will find the grail. Thanks for the input and I shall be on my quest.
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    DX10 is graphics renderer function in windows 7.

    What are you computer specs, specifically your motherboard and power supply?

    Flight simulators are actually pretty demanding.
     
  5. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,934   +167

    DX10=Direct X 10 compatible... You will see this in the graphics card specs. Can we assume that you are running Vista now? If so, You should be able to run Windows 7 Ultimate RC fine. I imagine a computer running XP, SP3, would run Windows 7 well to as long as you have at least 2GB of RAM installed
     
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,823   +922

    [quote='hellokitty[hk];754164'
    Flight simulators are actually pretty demanding.[/quote]
    Meh, Flight Simulator 2004 (M$) actually isn't. It also installs with a SN#, and doesn't require activation. It's down to about $10.00 now. M$ FS-10 is the resource hog. Great stuff for 10 bucks!

    BTW, "Microsoft Flight Simulator". was at or very close to ground zero for M$, they released the program for the original Atari Computer. (Not the game console).

    More on topic; all 9xxx series Nvidia cards are DX10 enabled. I would guess the new 2xx series would have to be. Don't know the numbers in ATI though.
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Yes, all NVidia cards above 8800 i know are DX10 compatible, as are the GT200 series cards. Same with any ATI HD 4000 series cards. What card you get would still depend on the rest of your computer.
     
  8. Serpentpaws

    Serpentpaws TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Sorry for the late response - been playing with the sand rail - However, currently running XP, Dell motherboard 0M2035 Dimension 8300,Bus Clock 800Megahertz, 1536 Ram, 2.80G Intel Pentium 4, NVIDIA GeForce MX 440 W/APX8X, CRT Monitor Dell E773c. Going to upgrade to LCD Monitor. Can play Microsoft Flight Sim X and a bunch of others that are 3+ years old. I was worried about the .8 power but don't know what I can do about it. I was looking at newer versions of Flight Sims but not sure if current card can handle anything newer. I have a laptop with Vista and in my opinion Vista #####. Soooo hoping 7 is somethin better. Think I should go to 2G Ram? Don't think this machine can actually USE more than 2G even though it's got slots(DIMM). When I ran the Microsoft Compatibility program for 7 they stated that the only upgrade I would need to do is the graphic card - again I am not sure if they are just trying to get you to just purchase with a thin ability to run full features or basic features.
     
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