How to find a video card ?

September 3, 2018 at 15:53:42
Specs: Windows 7, Core i3-3220
I noticed that I can only get a video card that has 1GB VRAM. That's due to the limitations of the Windows Operating System.....which only allows a max of 3Gb RAM. So that tells me that I can't get a GDDR4 video card. I'm in the process of selecting hardware for an upgrade to my current PC. I intend to do 3D rendering. Currently my System is : Windows 7 Pro 32-bit, 500Gb Hard Drive, 3Gb RAM. The video card I had died.

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#1
September 3, 2018 at 17:09:48
If you do not mind resinstalling Windows 7 you can install it as 64bit, then you can upgrade your RAM to 16GB ans well as get a 2GB or greater video card. You should be able to still use your license key to reactivate Windows 7 on the same hardware.
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/sof...

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September 4, 2018 at 09:08:24
Fingers :
The one problem with going with a 64-bit System is.......3D rendering software is 32-bit. Even on a 64-bit machine, using 3D rendering software, the 64-bit machine would run in 32-bit mode. Thereby limiting the amount of accessible RAM to 3Gb. And, about the only cards that would work (in 32-bit mode) would be a video card with 1Gb VRAM. A GDDR4 card would not work. For gaming, a 64-bit machine is best. But, like I said.....3D rendering software is 32-bit.
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September 4, 2018 at 19:41:01
You have that a bit wrong. As long as the CPU and operating system is 64bit then it can access much more RAM than that and 32bit programs (as long as they do not have 16bit installers) will run on them. The system accesses the memory, not the programs.

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