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Cheap replacement video card for old computer?

Discussion in 'Techno-Magic' started by SlickRCBD, Nov 20, 2019.

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    I might need a new video card on a Gateway 4200DX. It came with an ATI Radeon 3450 but the video keeps freezing, the screen goes to this weird colorful snow-like pattern, and then the computer restarts.
    I opened it up last night, saw that a SATA cable had come loose and was pushing up against the video card and might have bent it. I corrected it, but did not unscrew the card from the slot to reseat it (I'm going to try that next). I'm also going to reinstall the video drivers.

    I should just retire the computer, I replaced it last year, but I like having two good computers and the next best computer I've got is a Dell Optiplex GX110 from 2001.

    Would this be a good choice?
    https://amzn.to/2OwrZGJ
    Anyways, any suggestions on a comparable or preferably better PCI-X card that is compatible with Vista 64-bit Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional that I can get for less than $50 including S&H (and tax, I'm in Illinois)? I also want to connect two monitors, one with VGA and one with HDMI. I can do two VGA instead, but one monitor is VGA-only, the other is VGA or HDMI.
    I know new cards are expensive, but what about older stuff? This computer is 10 years old, I got it right before Windows 7 came out mostly because the computer between the Optiplex and this one died and I needed something better. The main issue is that the numbering scheme is a mess due to them resetting a while back, and I don't know what to look for on e-bay or other sites. Hence I'm looking for suggestions.
     
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    Sure, PCI is packwards compatible, and since the original card works off the 2.0 standard, the motherboard in the PC should have 2.0 slots at the very least, so the card you listed should work fine.
    It even lists under one of the answered questions :
     
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    I'm questioning capabilities, and I forgot to search for Vista drivers when I found that one. Can I assume that the above card would be equal or better to the 3450, and would work with both Vista 64-bit Home Premium and Windows 7 64-bit Pro?
    A quick search says that there are XP, Vista and 7 drivers available for Dell computers with the card. The computer is a Gateway, but I did not think that mattered in determining if Vista drivers were available as I assumed they would come with the card.

    I anybody wants to suggest something else for the same price or less, I'm open to suggestions. The requirements are:
    PCI-Express (circa 2009, I'll have to look up exactly what standard), 1 VGA & 1 HDMI connector OR 2 VGA connectors for dual-video, must have drivers for Vista 64-bit Home Premium and Win7 64-bit Pro, and must be equal or better than an ATI Radeon 3450. I don't care about brand or model.
     
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