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Old 03-25-2013, 08:24 PM   #1
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Looking for advice regarding graphics card compatibility.


Hi guys, I'm pretty new to all of this so I may be listing things here that are entirely useless. I'm running a dual partition or Windows Vista and Fedora 16, I have Gnome Version 3.2.1 on Fedora and I'm looking to try and update my graphics card. I was wondering if someone could help me find out which cards would be compatible with the setup or just point me the where I may find out.

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Old 03-25-2013, 08:30 PM   #2
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Any newer videocard should be compatible with your software setup, if physically compatible, you didn't give us any hint about your hardware. Keep in mind that recommendations are difficult if you don't tell us a price-range and for what purpose (serious gaming, 3D workstation, just normal desktop use, ...) you need the video card.

Also, keep in mind that Fedora 16 is EOL and should be updated to/replaced with a newer version.
 
Old 03-25-2013, 08:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. As I said I know very little about this, I usually god to a friend for this but they know nothing about graphics cards. I mostly want it for gaming, I'm not exactly what you'd call a serious gamer but I'm not casual either. price range I'm looking up to about 50 but I can stretch to more if it seems fitting. I'll look into updating the system so I suppose I'll need something compatible with more recent versions of Fedora as well.

As far as hardware goes what sort of thing would you need to know?

Thanks for the help

Edit: Currently looking into http://www.ebuyer.com/434559-gigabyt...cs-gv-n630-2gi as it fits the price range and is reasonably high spec.

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Old 03-25-2013, 09:03 PM   #4
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Old 03-25-2013, 09:11 PM   #5
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The GT630 is not a gamer card at all. In fact, gamer cards usually are 100€ upwards, with the high performance cards (what I would call "serious gamer") beginning at about 250€.
For hardware compatibility, for example, the GT630 you have chosen is a PCIe card, but if you have an older system with AGP slot instead this card simply won't fit. So at least the model/manufacturer of the mainboard would be important, if you go for a card with higher performance also the wattage of the PSU.
 
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I'm a system that's almost 4 years old so not exactly modern. Just found the details which came with the computer and I think the motherboard I'm dealing with is:

transtec 850 PC, IntelR Core 2 Duo E8400, VPro, Q45

I think the current graphics card I'm running (integrated) is the Q45.
 
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The Transtec Senyo 850 indeed comes with integrated GMA4500 graphics, but also has a PCIe x16 slot for videocards, so you can easily plug in a discrete card.
Keep in mind that it only comes with a 250W PSU, so if you want to put a mid-range or high performance card into the computer the PSU has to be replaced by one with a higher capacity.
 
  


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