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Need some help with graphics cards

By Stonerose92
Sep 24, 2011
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  1. Hi, my graphics card recently stopped working, so I was going to obviously buy a new one.. My friend told me that I can't get a graphics card better than the one I've got, for my mobo, but he didn't really explain himself well, like why.. So i don't believe him..

    So can anyone tell me what graphics cards I can use on my computer? Here's some info from speccy:

    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Intel Corporation
    Model D945GCL
    Version 300
    Chipset Vendor Intel
    Chipset Model i945P/PL/G/GZ
    Chipset Revision A2
    Southbridge Vendor Intel
    Southbridge Model 82801GB (ICH7/R)
    Southbridge Revision A1
    BIOS
    Brand Intel Corp.
    Version CF94510J.15A.0028.2006.1213.1629
    Date 12/13/2006
    PCI Data
    Slot PCI-X
    Slot Type PCI-X
    Slot Usage Available
    Data But Width 8192 bit
    Slot Designation PCIE X16 SLOT
    Slot Number 0
    Slot PCI-X
    Slot Type PCI-X
    Slot Usage Available
    Data But Width 256 bit
    Slot Designation PCIE X1 SLOT 1
    Slot Number 1
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage In Use
    Data But Width 32 bit
    Slot Designation PCI SLOT 1
    Slot Number 2
    Slot PCI
    Slot Type PCI
    Slot Usage In Use
    Data But Width 32 bit
    Slot Designation PCI SLOT 2
    Slot Number 3

    Old Graphics Card
    (Info I took from speccy before it stopped working)
    GeForce 9500 GT
    GPU G96
    Device ID 10DE-0640
    Revision A2
    Subvendor XFX Pine Group (1682)
    Current Performance Level Level 1
    Current GPU Clock 550 MHz
    Current Memory Clock 400 MHz
    Current Shader Clock 1375 MHz
    Technology 66 nm
    Die Size 144 nm²
    Transistors 314 M
    Release Date Jul 29, 2008
    DirectX Support 10.0
    DirectX Shader Model 4.0
    OpenGL Support 3.0
    Bus Interface PCI Express x16
    Temperature 56 °C
    ForceWare version 280.26
    BIOS Version 62.94.4b.00.81
    ROPs 8
    Shaders 32 unified
    Physical Memory 1024 MB
    Virtual Memory 2432 MB
    Bus Width 128 Bit
    Count of performance levels : 1
    Level 0
    GPU Clock 550 MHz
    Memory Clock 400 MHz
    Shader Clock 1375 MHz

    Thanks, hope you can help!
  2. Stonerose92

    Stonerose92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    I don't think it mentioned it in the speccy, but the memory type of this graphics card is DDR2, don't know if this makes any difference, but worth a mention anyway.
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    You have a PCI-E x16 slot for a graphics card so any PCI-E cards (the majority of all cards today) will work. However, you must tell us what power supply unit you have and it's wattage. Also specify your budget for a new card.
  4. Stonerose92

    Stonerose92 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 63

    Alright, just checked, my supply says 'Max voltage: 300w', don't know the model, can't seem to find it. Well i'm basically looking for a card, as good, or as better than my original, as cheap as possible. So any PCI-E card will work, regardless of it being DDR2/3 etc.?
  5. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 520

    If your PSU meets the requirements, then yes.


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