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  1. dustyjay

    dustyjay Thread Starter

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    Compaq Presario SR2186HM (M2N-61LA)
    Athlon X2 BE2400 2.3GHz
    2Gb Ram
    Vista Home Basic (Win7RC1)
    Seagate 120Gb Sata
    WD 500Gb x2 (1 internal, 1 External)
    PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012 ordered today.

    Presently using on-board video, looking for a budget Video Card PCI-E 16 Nvidia card with VGA and HDMI. Not gaming intended, need HDMI to use as Home Theater System.

    Located in US, Newegg is preferred source. Price Range $50 to $75.

    Any Suggestions appreciated. Found this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141096 any opinions on this one also appreciated. Like I said gaming is not a consideration.

    TIA
     
  2. frankjohn

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    Looks good Dusty. I looked into The ATI 3600 series but couldnt find a budget card.
     
  3. dustyjay

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    I ended up ordering this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121259R I understand there may be a hassle or two using an ATI Video card on a motherboard with an nVidia chipset. But like a dummy I put off my purchase and the card I originally wanted had gone up in price and was at the time I made my puchase was not available.
     
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    I have recieved my Video card. It is an Asus EAH3450/DI/256M Radeon HD 3450 256MB. I have Nvidia onboard graphics, I am not too sure about the sequence of this. Do I Uninstall the Nvidia Graphics Adapter from Device Manager, Shurt Down, INstall the Radeon adapter, boot the computer to Bios and select PCI-e Graphics then boot up hoping that all will be working well. Since I am Presently using Win 7RC I downloaded the newest Drivers for Vista-Win7 32Bit from ATI. This includes the Catalyst as well. Any guidance would be appreciated. I know there are some that don't cotton to using a third party Video Card such as ATI on an Nvidia Chipset.
     
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    I finally got around to installing the Video Card. It works great and actually increased my performance rating. Haven't got my hands on an HDMI cable yet so haven't had the chance to try it out on my LCD TV yet. Can't wait though. Going from a 17" monitor to a 46" LCD TV should be a gas. Possibly tomorrow though. going to mark this one solved.
     
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