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June 24, 2009 5:42:49 PM

Hi I'm looking for a slim graphics card that will support 64MB Direct 3D compatible video card with Hardware TnL. Most of the supported chipsets for the game I want to play are NVIDIA, ATI Radeon or Matrox. I'm running an Intel G33/G31 family chipset right now,which doesn't support TnL, but I want to upgrade so I can actually play some older computer games. Keep in mind that I am currently running Vista as my OS. I also don't want to spend too much money and my price range is about $20 to $70 I know it's kind of low but hopefully I can find it on NewEgg or some cheap website.
a c 191 U Graphics card
June 24, 2009 5:56:18 PM

Which system do you have?
What is the output on the power supply +12v line or lines? You'll have to open the case and read the label on the PSU to find this out.
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a c 236 U Graphics card
June 24, 2009 6:24:46 PM

he has the Dell 530s which has enough amps on its 250w PSU to run the 4550 IH8U linked
June 24, 2009 6:28:27 PM

Well I have an Inspiron 530s and I tried searching for the psu and I couldn't find it but I googled it and I got 300W PSU. But my likely choices are

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm thinking the first one which is not only cheap but in the reviews someone had it in their 530s so I'm guessing it's slim and they said it ran with vista. Vista is my OS.
June 24, 2009 6:36:24 PM

ok cool but will this fit in my "slim" computer or will I have to buy an adapter to make it fit? Also this will support the 64MB Direct 3D compatible video card with Hardware TnL that I need?
a c 191 U Graphics card
June 24, 2009 6:39:50 PM

Depends on the games you want to play.
The 4550 is very weak for newer ones, but should handle games of the No one Lives Forever 2 vintage well enough.
If you want more power though this is a good one: It's not far off the old 7800GTX I'm using and it can play tougher titles than the HD4550:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

a c 191 U Graphics card
June 24, 2009 6:41:32 PM

@ Prettyboy: The HD4550 is well, far, miles, above the 64 Mb hardware TnL requirement.
June 24, 2009 6:44:08 PM

coozie7 said:
Depends on the games you want to play.
The 4550 is very weak for newer ones, but should handle games of the No one Lives Forever 2 vintage well enough.
If you want more power though this is a good one: It's not far off the old 7800GTX I'm using and it can play tougher titles than the HD4550:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



Ok thankyou very much this board is way more responsive and helpful than most. But yes I'm primarily getting this for NOLF2 but one again will I have to get an adapter plate for the 4550 to fit my slim computer or no?
a c 191 U Graphics card
June 24, 2009 6:52:08 PM

No, the board has two adaptors in the retail package.
I think you'll do fine with the HD4550, ignore my suggestion of the HD4650, it is really far more than you need.
a c 236 U Graphics card
June 24, 2009 7:56:15 PM

prettyboy said:
ok cool but will this fit in my "slim" computer or will I have to buy an adapter to make it fit? Also this will support the 64MB Direct 3D compatible video card with Hardware TnL that I need?



it will fit, I just installed one a few weeks back into a Dell 530s

Edit; any new GPU will support T&L for new games that you are looking at
June 27, 2009 5:28:18 AM

Well the game works but now the in game voice doesn't play I gotta try to find a patch I guess
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