- 10-01-2008 03:36 AM #1
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compatability advice on the geforce 9600 card
Hi I have a quick question im having the most difficult time googling this.......can my *dell dimension desktop C521 slim form factor, amd sempron 3400+ 1.80 ghz and, 1.5soon to be 4 gigs ram, vista 32bit* run the new geforce 9600 card? it says that it is low profile so i assume i can install it ive already installed a radeon 2400 in my computer but i am looking to upgrade...if it wont run ill get the 8600 geforce or 8400 im not too aware of the different aspects of these cards though.........thanks ahead of time....................
- 10-01-2008 11:29 AM #2
As far as I'm aware, there's currently only one low profile card, using the 9600 chipset, that'll fit a slimline case and it comes from Galaxy - see here.
Low profile is also used to describe a card that takes up just one slot space, so don't confuse the two.
You'll also need at least a 400w PSU and probably extra cooling. The 9600 chipset runs very hot and isn't really suited to a slimline case due to space and cooling constraints, but Galaxy seem to have managed it. Hopefully, they've also suited out the drivers!
- 10-05-2008 06:50 AM #3
If your going up to 4 GB of ram then you might want to rethink vista 32. With 4 GB you really need to jump up to Vista 64 or you will be wasting some of your ram
- 10-05-2008 07:09 AM #4
Whilst solving the RAM problem, Vista 64 creates others - like not supporting popular software or browser plugins like Flash. Saying that, the new version of Windows - codenamed Windows 7 is reported to be 64bit only, so those problems should be sorted, but that's 2 years away.
- 10-05-2008 07:20 AM #5
Losing ram to me is a much larger issue. Not only do you have 4gb but you will also have some additional ram in the video card (256mb or 128mb depending on the card). If you want to stay with vista 32 then you should only purchase 3gb of ram IMO.
- 10-05-2008 07:56 AM #6Losing ram to me is a much larger issue.
64bit systems are the future, but until software and driver writers catch up, not quite yet.
- 10-05-2008 01:01 PM #7
64 bit is not the future but is the present time. Vista 64 does work with plugins too its called compatibility mode. I do not nor have I ever had a issue with software or drivers. Again plain and simple vista 32 cannot address the whole 4gb of ram. If fact if you go to the store any off the shelf computer that is 4gb or more is vista 64 - they do that for a reason.
- 10-05-2008 01:18 PM #8
OK, this is the last comment I'll make because this forum is based on informed comment and experience and there's no place for argument and disagreement.
I'm directly responsible for 22 64bit machines as well as 140 32 bit machines and the comments I make are based on that broad spectrum of experience over many years.
That said, you are entitled to your view.
- 10-05-2008 02:04 PM #9
i'm not being funny, i just wanna know... i aint as computer smart as most here...
- 10-05-2008 02:17 PM #10
You know what I'm really not here to get into a argument with any of the "guru's" here. I just think bringing info to the forums and letting others read it and make what ever decision is best for their needs. What works for me may not work for others and visa versa but in the end maybe we all walk away learning something new.