terrell wrote:in anticipation that i MIGHT someday install windows 7, i have a friend that wants to unload:
his diamond viper 4650.
sidenote: my first ati card ever.
Even with a dual-core CPU, 2Gb of RAM, 250Gb hard drive and 760W PSU I still only receive a 5.0 rating for Windows Experience Index.[/color]
lstucz wrote:I can see several possible problems, t.
First, the link shows this card is in a PCIe x16 interface. The link could be wrong. The 4650 is the single most powerful card available in an AGP interface unless they begin offering one from the new 5000 series.
lstucz wrote:Second, it claims a dual-core CPU requirement. Other manufacturers do not state this system requirement so it may not be necessary.
lstucz wrote:Third, it calls for a 400W PSU. That is a pretty tame PSU for a gaming rig. If you have had to replace the PSU in what I think is an old office computer then, again, that may not be a problem.
lstucz wrote:If none of the three possible problems I see are valid, then go for it. It could be a great upgrade for your system. I want one for mine, but it is almost equal to my X1950 card, except that my card will not run DirectX 10.
lstucz wrote:Even with a dual-core CPU, 2Gb of RAM, 250Gb hard drive and 760W PSU I still only receive a 5.0 rating for Windows Experience Index.
Blade wrote:It also appears that Nvidia cards are a definate nono in relation to Links & Windows 7, due to driver issues that Nvidia don't appear to be interested in fixing, so those players who have Nvidia cards my recommendation is stick with XP or Vista or buy an ATI card..
lstucz wrote:I do know that the hard drive is the biggest problem in reaching those high scores and if you really want to reach it, you need to upgrade to a Solid State Drive for the OS. You really need Windows 7 for those SSDs, anyway, as it is the only OS currently supporting the trim function on them. Trim on an SSD is similar to defrag on an HDD.
terrell wrote:if i threw in another sata drive for striping, would that significantly (thinking of cost/benefit) improve the disk data transfer rate score?
lstucz wrote:terrell wrote:if i threw in another sata drive for striping, would that significantly (thinking of cost/benefit) improve the disk data transfer rate score?
If you have another SATA drive of the same size, just sitting around, then it may be worth the effort. However, if you need to spend any amount of cash on a second drive, then probably not. Now, because of the amazing difference in read/write speeds going from HDD to SSD, upgrading to a single SSD will probably boost your WEI score a lot. But, is it worth the $300 investment for a 160Gb SSD just to boost your score a bit?
lstucz wrote:If you are still running that nVidia 6200 I have heard so much about, then, upgrading to the ATI card which supports DirectX 10 will do more for your score than upgrading your storage.
lstucz wrote:I hate to disappoint you, t. But, your system is not much of a dinosaur, anymore. Maybe you should consider a $200 monitor which supports 1080p true HD resolution once you buy your friends video card and welcome to the 21st century.
lstucz wrote:How old is your friends 4650 video card, if he is selling it for $50? You can buy a brand new one with 1Gb of VRAM for $65 with a lifetime warranty. Even cheaper if it only has 512Mb. Maybe you should offer him $30.
lstucz wrote:Just make sure the video card and your available slot are both PCIe 2.0 X16. They are backwards compatible. However, the performance level may not be quite as high if they are not exactly the same.
grim_x wrote:Links played fine with the nVidia card in xp, and when I migrated the program, it now plays in win7. Big relief, I've done a lot of dual booting, but it sure can be a pain.
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