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Graphics chipset in MSI 785GM-E65 MOBO is incompatible with Win7?

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February 1, 2010 11:59:57 AM

I built this system exactly 3 months ago and installed windows 7 professional. It was my first build and I basically just asked around on forums in order to choose the pieces. Below I include my CPU, Case (so you can tell if the GPU you recommend will fit), RAM, PSU (to determine whether it will supply enough power to the GPU, and of course MOBO. I want to by a video card, because my current graphics chipset in the MSI MOBO crashes. Examples.... When I do the system experience index rating ( the performance rating) my computer crashes at the texture assessment every time. The screen goes blurry and it crashes. Also, when I watch regular standard def videos I get horizontal lines across the screen. I called windows many times, and they have no clue how to fix it. If anyone happens to know of a video card whose drivers are absolutely compatible with Windows 7 please tell me.

Budget: $80-$140

Requirements:

-A GPU with VERY VERY windows7-compatible drivers.

-One that will fit in my case and is supported by my PSU and MOBO

-I would prefer HDMI bc my tv only has HDMI, so it would save me needing a dvi to hdmi converter.

Usage:

I don't play computer games, but I have wanted to try Sims 3, so any GPU that can play that decently would be
great.


Thanks!



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AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX

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Rosewill R223-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

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Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory

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MSI 785GM-E65 AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

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CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2010 12:24:55 PM

Have you tried updating the drivers for ypur onboard graphics? The onboard on that board should be more than capable of handling everything you need it to. Hell, my 2003 Dell is running Win7 with it's ancient onboard. Can't decode HD video too well, but hey.
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February 1, 2010 3:04:09 PM

yes, I have updated it several times.
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 1, 2010 3:12:11 PM

It sounds to me like your motherboard is faulty. That doesn't surprise me when I think of the track record I've had with MSI motherboards.

The integrated GPU on the 785G motherboards works just fine with Windows 7. I've built plenty of machines that ran Windows 7 and used the integrated GPU on 785G boards. Have you checked the GPU temp in CCC? It's possible that a heat sink on the motherboard came loose during shipping. You should also post your idle/load CPU temps.
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February 1, 2010 3:58:09 PM

I dont think CCC(catalyst control center) offers GPU temperatures because the GPU is a chipset not an add on. Are there third party apps that can determine the temp?
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