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mdouglas1980
12-05-2010, 8:18 PM
I'm looking for suggestions for the monitor/video card set up for windows 7. I recently lost everything on my XP and had problems re-installing XP so I decided to get windows 7. I got windows 7 64-bit up and running with no problems; this is an older home build AMD processor 2.4 GHz 3800, with 2 gigs of ram, an old ECS ATX mo bo and the best interface I have for a video card is PCI-Xpress x16, and I think I bought a 450 watt power supply for it, and in retrospect I probably should have just bought a new computer....
I would like to get it running with a video card and monitor that will get all the cool windows 7 effects and keep the operating system running well too.

Suggestions would help thanks :-)

Robidouxs
12-05-2010, 8:36 PM
What do you intend to do with your computer? Email and internet?

I might be better to cut your losses and just build new. 2gb of ram just won't cut it with windows 7. I am already using 1.5gb with just the internet going.

Nose Nuggets
12-06-2010, 4:40 PM
i would head the above.

AMD 3800's are like 5 years old now, and the 2 gigs of ram you have is probably DDR.

JDay
12-06-2010, 6:02 PM
GTX 400/500 series video card and a LED monitor will be good for Windows 7 and gaming.

Brianguy
12-06-2010, 7:20 PM
http://bensbargains.net/category/35/video-cards
I prefer nvidia myself. That gtx 465 looks mighty sexy.

mdouglas1980
12-06-2010, 8:07 PM
yeah I think I'm going to have to start shopping to pick it all up piece by piece and I get the money for all of it.
I still want to go AMD though, any suggestions for CPU? Mo Bo? Memory?
I'm gonna keep my power supply and case though; I can still use both of those. I'm still good to go with a 24-pin power supply right on ATX mo bos right? they haven't changed those have they? I really need to get back in the game with this stuff.....

Brianguy
12-06-2010, 8:42 PM
yeah I think I'm going to have to start shopping to pick it all up piece by piece and I get the money for all of it.
I still want to go AMD though, any suggestions for CPU? Mo Bo? Memory?
I'm gonna keep my power supply and case though; I can still use both of those. I'm still good to go with a 24-pin power supply right on ATX mo bos right? they haven't changed those have they? I really need to get back in the game with this stuff.....

don't you do it!
microcenter has i7 950 for $200!!!http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0346210
shop around on
bensbargains.net and slickdeals.net for deals on hardware

JDay
12-07-2010, 3:15 AM
yeah I think I'm going to have to start shopping to pick it all up piece by piece and I get the money for all of it.
I still want to go AMD though, any suggestions for CPU? Mo Bo? Memory?
I'm gonna keep my power supply and case though; I can still use both of those. I'm still good to go with a 24-pin power supply right on ATX mo bos right? they haven't changed those have they? I really need to get back in the game with this stuff.....

I would get at a minimum a 550watt PSU, you're going to need to replace it anyway to get the PCI-E power connectors.

mdouglas1980
12-12-2010, 1:01 PM
I would get at a minimum a 550watt PSU, you're going to need to replace it anyway to get the PCI-E power connectors.

Cool thanks for the info

This is what I looking at, I'm not sure if I would even need a crazy video card with this combo pack right away:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.548058

JDay
12-13-2010, 12:49 AM
Cool thanks for the info

This is what I looking at, I'm not sure if I would even need a crazy video card with this combo pack right away:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.548058

That combo is not too good, the motherboard is pretty low end. You need a good motherboard in your system since it ultimately controls the speed that your devices will communicate with each other at. In fact my system is not running at full speed right now because my motherboard only runs HyperTransport at 800mhz instead of the 4000mhz it is supposed to run at, I'm sure the PCI-E bus is running slower then 16x too. That board also doesn't leave you much room to upgrade. This combo below is a much better deal, don't be put off by the dual core CPU, that i5 is much faster than that Phenom II x4, it is also hyper threaded so it will appear as a quad core to your OS. It also comes with a 60GB SSD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.563651

If you're on a budget this AMD bundle is also a better deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.563645

For a little less then the one above you can even go with a six-core Phenom II.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.548074

mdouglas1980
12-13-2010, 3:17 PM
That combo is not too good, the motherboard is pretty low end. You need a good motherboard in your system since it ultimately controls the speed that your devices will communicate with each other at. In fact my system is not running at full speed right now because my motherboard only runs HyperTransport at 800mhz instead of the 4000mhz it is supposed to run at, I'm sure the PCI-E bus is running slower then 16x too. That board also doesn't leave you much room to upgrade. This combo below is a much better deal, don't be put off by the dual core CPU, that i5 is much faster than that Phenom II x4, it is also hyper threaded so it will appear as a quad core to your OS. It also comes with a 60GB SSD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.563651

If you're on a budget this AMD bundle is also a better deal.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.563645

For a little less then the one above you can even go with a six-core Phenom II.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.548074

^ sweet! thanks for the info, that really makes sense to spend the dollars on a good mobo. I don't think I'm going to go solid state, but the bundle without the case looks pretty good to me!