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Upgrading my nVidia video card

by peresz27 / September 3, 2013 1:16 PM PDT

My Dell Precision 390's nVidia 3500 crashed and Im looking to find a replacement. What Id like to get is something relatively cheap that fits the computer and has more or less enough punch as the 3500 and supports two monitors. From what I understand it can be any card as long as it supports DDR3 PCI. Is this correct? ( I have core 2 duo 2.4GHz 4GB ram Win7 x 64 PC)

I found a few here and im curious if they would work well( I do CAD 3D design, photoshop and some light video editing):




If you have any other recommendation about the possible card or the required specs I need (for the work that I do) it would be quite useful. I need the minimum price/features for the card that I can get away with.

Thank you

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Very odd choices.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 3, 2013 1:19 PM PDT
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card selection
by peresz27 / September 3, 2013 4:45 PM PDT
In reply to: Very odd choices.
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Very odd again.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2013 12:20 AM PDT
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What does PCI Express 2.0 have to do with the type of ram on the video card? (nothing)

The list is where I shop from. Sorry but it's the best for the money.

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QuadroFX 4500?
by peresz27 / September 4, 2013 2:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Very odd again.

Would it make sense though to just get QuadroFX 4500? (found them under $60 on ebay)

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Not to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2013 2:41 AM PDT
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Fx 4500
by Bob__B / September 4, 2013 3:13 AM PDT
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Your talking about a card that dates to 2005.......by today's standards it's junk.

Your old card....the 3500...is a 80w card.
Go shopping for a hd 7770 a 80w card.
It should be a straight swap with 10x the horse-power.

Btw......video editing progs are dumping the work load over to the gpu so you need that horse-power.

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Double the performance of the 6670?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2013 3:17 AM PDT
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The 7770 at http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=Radeon+HD+7770&id=322

Score = 2155

That's about 10 times the performance of the 4500. I can't guess why someone would consider the 4500 unless it was free.

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3 cards, wildly different benchmarks.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2013 4:06 AM PDT
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Sorry but it appears you are lost, searching for something. I can't guess what your criteria are here given that you can't decide what you are looking for. Those ebay cards often have issues. That is, just like an used car, why did it end up there?

I fear for your sanity if not your machine or worse you might get a bad card and forever be upset with the brand.

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by peresz27 / September 4, 2013 8:57 AM PDT

So what card can I get that would be in the $40 range and perhaps not from ebay?

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Only the 5450.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 4, 2013 9:04 AM PDT
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But I thought you wanted something close to today's performances. Nod to the 5450 models which should still beat out the 4500 by more than a few 2x.

Given the age of the 4500 why is is so pricey?

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by peresz27 / September 4, 2013 11:03 AM PDT
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Thing is I dont plan to keep the computer for too long so Id rather not invest in it much. Just enough so it would continue being able to do some light workload. Not looking for the fastest machine on the block, since Ill be replacing the whole thing soon anyway.

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Just a thought..anything you buy and use now is
by VAPCMD / September 4, 2013 11:14 AM PDT
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transferrable/usable in most any PC/system you buy next assuming it's a full size desktop.


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to clarify
by peresz27 / September 4, 2013 1:03 PM PDT
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Actually I would be buying a laptop, so i dont need to get a card that would trasfer

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Sorry I thought that was answerd above.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 5, 2013 2:24 AM PDT
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by Bob__B / September 5, 2013 3:51 AM PDT
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That card is a 110w unit.
Your power supply may not support it and you might open a new 'can of worms'.
Forget that thing.

Go with the 5450.
The e-bay unit looks nice.

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