Solved What is a good discrete GPU for Dell Dimension 4700?

January 18, 2014 at 18:02:06
Specs: Windows 7, Pentium IV / 4GB
What is a good discrete GPU for Dell Dimension 4700?

Just need a basic discrete GPU for a dell dimension 4700. Just wanting to upgrade it to windows 7, and since the Intel 915G Chipset IGPU doesn't have drivers for Windows 7, I want to install a discrete gpu to allow Aero DWM to be enabled and etc.
Please dont start telling me that I shouldn't waste my money on such an old computer. I just want to.

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January 18, 2014 at 20:30:37
For Windows 7 32bit you will need 2-4GB memory (3.2GB usable), for 64bit you would need 4GB RAM.
You have IDE and SATA but that is SATA I at the slowest speed, only 1.5 times IDE drives.
You have a single core, a Pentium 4 at best so multitasking will be limited and slow.

You have a PCIe 16X port but it most likely is a 1st generation which means that you can use only up to version 2.0 PCIe cards because the newer 3.0 PCIe cards are only backwards compatible with 2.0 PCIe.

I would not bother, but it is possible if you can find all of the other drivers.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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January 19, 2014 at 08:06:14
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Supposedly there is backward/forward compatibility in ALL PCIe versions, however, some have found that it's not always the case. As long as you don't plan on playing games, just about any low end PCIe card should work. However, if your 4700 has just a 305W power supply, make sure you stay within what it can handle or it will have to be upgraded too. You should have no problems with a Geforce 210, 8400GS, GT 610 or AMD/ATI HD 5450, 6450. Pay attention to the specs -128-bit is better than 64-bit, DDR5 > DDR3 > DDR2, & 2GB is a waste on low end cards.

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