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March 19, 2010 2:12:12 AM

I am getting ready to upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit and am going to upgrade my graphics card at the same time. I am looking for some help determining what to get. I do not play games; I would just like to get rid of the graphics bottleneck on my system to speed it up. So I am looking for something fairly inexpensive but enough of an improvement to remove the bottleneck. I have the following system.

Vista home premium
945GCT-M V1.0 motherboard
E4500 2.20GHz Core 2 Duo
Built in Intel GMA950 graphics
2 PCI express x16 (orange and blue x4)

Windows performance is
CPU = 5.1
Memory = 4.8
Graphics = 2.0
Gaming Graphics = 2.6
Hard Disk = 5.7

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March 19, 2010 2:29:56 AM

The manual for my motherboard showes two PCI express slots. Which one do I want to use.

1 x PCI Express x16 slot (Orange)
1 x PCI Express x16 slot (Blue @ x4 bandwidth)
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a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2010 2:44:34 AM

The first (orange) one. It operates at x16. The second slot is limited as it is electrically only 4x. For one of the mid-low range cards I listed above, either would probably work, but there is no reason not to use the full speed slot, so use it (the orange slot).
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a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2010 2:46:18 AM

You want to use the orange slot. The second one will fit any pcix16 card but only run at a quarter speed. And if you don't want to game, I would suggest even less than the 4650. It's about $40-50, but if you don't need the power, don't pay for it. The 4350 will do fine for non-gaming needs.
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a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2010 2:50:13 AM

Yep, just for reference a 4650 DDR3 scores 6.6 in Graphics and Gaming Graphics in Windows 7.
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March 19, 2010 2:54:33 AM

Will I see a difference between the built in (existing gma950) vs the 4650 or the 4350?
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a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2010 2:57:35 AM

Undoubtedly! Both of those cards are miles ahead of intel's junk. And the 4650 is a ways beyond the 4350, so it just depends on how much power you want. They will both be fine for non-gaming purposes, but the 4650 is way, way better playing games than the 4350.
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a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2010 2:58:40 AM

That looks like a great idea! I wonder why I didn't see that...
If I were you, I'd definitely get that.
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a b U Graphics card
March 19, 2010 3:14:04 AM

I just noticed it only has a 64-bit memory interface, which is probably a bottleneck and it will run slower.
I would still get it cause its cheap.
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