Upgrading an Old Graphics Card

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by newme, Nov 25, 2019.

  1. newme

    newme MDL Junior Member

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    Hi everyone!
    I have a very old PC that I built in 2008 with the following configuration:

    Asus P5Q Pro motherboard;
    Intel core 2 duo e8500 CPU;
    8GB RAM;
    Asus Geforce EN9600GSO TOP/HTDP/384M grafics card (DirectX 10)

    My PC runs Windows 10 1909 just fine.I do not play computer games. I mainly use my PC to surf the web and watch videos on YouTube. Here is the question. Should I upgrade my old graphics card to a new one (Geforce GT 710, for example)? I mean, will I see the difference after upgrading an old video card to a new one: more saturated colors, sharper images, smoother Full HD video playback on YouTube. Can a new generation graphics card improve visual features on Windows 10? I hope to receive a competent answer from a professional in this matter. Thanks!
     
  2. mxman2k

    mxman2k MDL Developer

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    One of the main benefits of a GT-710 could be HDMI, also i think the GT-710 has either a 512MB or 1GB memory on-board, depending on who makes it.

    Processing of the video data would be a bit quicker than the GF-9600 plus some are fan-less as the newer design of chip generates less heat.

    I have used the 710 in a few computers as the cost and HDMI was a factor for a cheap pc to use as a DVR/Streamer.

    It is by no means a powerhouse but it should do the job you require with ease. :)
     
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  3. pcnavarra

    pcnavarra MDL Senior Member

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    I would consider AMD/ATI Video Card that runs these drivers "AMD-Catalyst-Omega-14.12".
    PS: It's a matter of "taste" at the end.
     
  4. newme

    newme MDL Junior Member

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    So just video data processing would be a bit quicker. And is that all I will gain by replacing the old video card? What about visual improvements to Windows 10 itself and applications?
     
  5. mxman2k

    mxman2k MDL Developer

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    newme MDL Junior Member

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    mxman2k MDL Developer

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    DirectX is mainly for gaming use, not sure if it used in other media related programs/apps..:g:

    The only time to think about a 'new' card is when the old one starts to play up, such as odd artefacts/glitches appearing, indicating a possible VRam failure.

    In a nutshell:
    While the 9600GS is doing the job and no problems, why spend anything out on a replacement gfx card at the moment?

    But i understand why you asked, but really i doubt spending $$ on another card at this time would gain any major benefits - just a lower bank balance :D:D
     
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  8. pcnavarra

    pcnavarra MDL Senior Member

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    #8 pcnavarra, Nov 25, 2019
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    Never Forget to associate the monitor drivers (if your monitor has such in the manufacture web page) the result is much better, dosent matter the brand of GPU/APU.

    EDIT: I discovered that my old LG LCD TV had an Acer panel Then i Installed a acer monitor driver, got more saturated colors and sharper images in VGA Computer interface
     
  9. newme

    newme MDL Junior Member

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    Sure! I have HP 23f 23-inch Full HD monitor with the manufacturer's driver installed.
     
  10. nodnar

    nodnar MDL Expert

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    :g: i tend to agree with mxman2k;; there must be better ways to throw away $37 on a nvdia card .[ one of my pet hates,]
     
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