dedicated graphics card suggestions/advice

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by simon726, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. simon726

    simon726 MDL Novice

    Nov 25, 2013
    I'm considering to upgrade my integrated graphics card for my ASUS M2A-VM motherboard in favor of a "dedicated" and "separate" video card. That motherboard (if I recall correctly) has at least one PCI Express x16 port.

    The computer that I have for some time runs very well for about 6 to 7 years without any problems. It can also run Windows 7 as well! Anyways, back to my story:

    The reason that I wanted to upgrade to a "dedicated" graphics card is that I recently got a new HDTV and I wanted to hook up that HDTV to my desktop computer because it has HDMI ports. I also have two flat-panel LCD monitors too - one of them is plugged in through DVI while the other is plugged into D-sub (Super VGA). I'm starting to move away from SVGA in favour of DVI/HDMI

    As for which preferred GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) I really like - I tend to choose ATI (ahem, AMD) because of the "harmonious nature" of my system. I'm also looking for a graphics card that has a few DVI-ports (along with DVI to SVGA connector/converters) and at least 1 to 2 HDMI ports.

    I'm not a gamer however, but I wanted to extend displays to my TV.

    Which particular brand of graphics card and/or GPU do you prefer/suggest in this case?
  2. tnx

    tnx MDL Expert

    Sep 2, 2008
    Looking at your board I would suggest going for the lower end graphics card.

    Summet like a HIS Radeon R7 240 around the £60 mark.

    Your machine is very old really and slinging in a top end R9 280X would be a complete waste of time.

    I can imagine your case wont even take a big graphics card, they are about 11" to 12" long.
    They need their own power and I bet your PSU wont be up to the job either.
    Plus your CPU, just not up to it.

    It may be getting to the point where a full system upgrade is needed.

    But I ain't no expert though.