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Does a video card need to be compatible to MB and OS?

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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

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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...
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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)
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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??

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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...
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