Does a video card need to be compatible to MB and OS? Tags: Nvidia Graphics Cards Compatibility Graphics Last response: January 15, 2011 2:16 PM in Graphics & Displays Share jjhall5150 January 15, 2011 12:07:33 PM Hello, I am looking to replace my video card in my rackmount system that I use for a DJ business. The video card's HDMI input is no longer working. My video card is a MSI N955GT-MD1G/D2. It is no longer available. It was a DDR2 with 1GB of RAM I would like to update the card to a new model, but I am unsure if Graphics cards need to be compatible with the motherboard and/OS My motherboard is a Intel DP35DP with an Intel Core 2 Quad processor P6600 PCI Express slot Can I purchase ANY PCI Express card that will fit??? or does it need to be specifically compatible with the MB and OS APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: This week (the closer the better BUDGET RANGE: $100-150) Before Rebates USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Playback of videos for specific DJ software, Virtual DJ and OTSAV CURRENT GPU AND POWER SUPPLY: MSI N955GT-MD1G/D2 and CoolerMaster 550 OTHER RELEVANT SYSTEM SPECS: CPU - Intel Quad Core P6600 / MOBO - Intel DP35DP / MEMORY - 8GB Kingston RAM / COOLING - 7 Fans PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: New Egg, Tiger Direct COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA PARTS PREFERENCES: PCI Express, been using MSI, but open to anything solid and reliable, at least 1GB dedecated RAM OVERCLOCKING: Not necessary MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1024x768 Thanks for the help Jim Hall Musical Dreams Pittsfield, MA. www.musicaldreamsdj.com www.berkshiredj.com More about : video card compatible | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove rolli59 Graphics card Master January 15, 2011 1:27:56 PM You should be able to use any PCIe X16 version 2.0 card! No card exists that will fit your budget and requirements in additional comments but I suggest that you look for GTX460 or HD6850 as an example http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... | Report abuse jjhall5150 January 15, 2011 1:33:50 PM Thanks Rolli, the additional comments section was not meant to be posted. That was left over from the original copy and paste template. I found two on New Egg that I was looking at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... and http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Any thoughts on these two models?? | Report abuse rolli59 Graphics card Master January 15, 2011 1:36:44 PM Both are good and the EVGA has a nice $. (The 460 I linked to is more powerful though) | Report abuse jjhall5150 January 15, 2011 2:01:04 PM rolli, maybe you could explain something to me, (I'm new at this so I get confused sometimes) If my current card is 1GB and the card you linked to is 768MB, why is that card more powerful with less memory???? Is it because of the difference in DDR-2 vs DDR-5?? | Report abuse rolli59 Graphics card Master January 15, 2011 2:16:00 PM It is because it has a more complex GPU (graphics processing unit) on it! The memory is only a frame buffer for the GPU to store data. Here are some benchmarks to show the difference between GPU's http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6950/2... | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Graphics & Displays>Does a video card need to be compatible to MB and OS?> Related ressources: ForumDoes DDR memory matter on MB when upgrading Video Card (Compatability? ForumWHAT KIND OF VIDEO CARD AND RAM DOES INTEL(R) CELERON(R) 2.80GHz SUPPORT? ForumI need a suggestion about components MB ,RAM,etc for AMD FX-8350 ForumThe video card in this computer does not meet the minimum requirements ForumDoes i7 processor need seperate video card ForumNeed new Video card /PSU for Diablo 3 Forum32 MB Buffer Harddrive, not compatible with xp pro 64bit? ForumFirst time build, question about mb / video card compatibility ForumNeed help choosing a Video card for my new pc ForumI Need a Video Editing Beast (no gaming, just filmmaking) ForumASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe - Need video card upgrade advice!!!!! ForumNeed a compatible MB ForumAsus M5A97 MB system hangs when installing OS ForumMotherboard not compatible with video card ? ForumDoes this card work w my MB Forum5760x1080 Eyefinity on HD 7870 ForumWhat graphics card ForumWill my computer support this graphic card? ForumGraphics card upgrade, need opinions please Forum[Solved] Wireless graphics card? Awesome. More resources Read discussions in other Graphics & Displays categories Ati GPUs Graphics Cards Gtx HD Monitors SLI Crossfire Tuner Cards Radeon Video Diamond Multimedia Matrox Nvidia Palit PowerColor Asus Games !