Using an old PC can be a hassle and pain when you want to upgrade the operating system but keep the PC. Many of these older PCs only have standard PCI slots which prevent the upgrading. There are a few options when it comes to standard PCI because it is the oldest standard version for video cards. However, there are some options for video cards that will allow computer users to run Windows 7 without upgrading to a new computer.

What Kind of Card to Look For?

Windows 7 requires a video card capable of Direct X 9 that also has WDDM 1.0 or higher. For ATI/AMD, Windows 7 requires an R300 chip or higher. This also means Radeon 9500 or in the 6 cards in the Nvidia series or higher. The older cards will display pictures using Windows 7. You will need newer cards to install a driver or applications that use OpenGL or DirectX. Here are 5 options that will help you transfer your older computer over to Windows 7.

1. The Nvidia GeForce FX Series: Ranges from $35 to $45

This is the least expensive product that will work. They can run Windows Vista drivers and then you can run Windows 7 in 32 bit edition. The 64 bit version is not supported by this card. It is cheap and runs some of the older games, but will not run all.

2. Nvidia GeForce 6200 PCI: Ranges from $50 to $65

This series is only for beginner or budget products. It offers pretty poor gaming but all versions of Windows 7 are supported.

3. Nvidia GeForce 8400 GS and 9300GS PCI: Ranges from $49 to $79

Though these video cards weren’t made for fast, high resolution gaming or other 3D applications. It is able to play a few modern games at low frame rates and settings. It is popular among casual gamers because it is relatively inexpensive while still running the games they desire.

4. ATI x1300 x1550 PCI: Ranges from $59 to $79

This is another budget version of a better card. It has a small design so it offers lower power demands. They are perfect for smaller cases and work well with Dell and HP computers. The slim design of these cards works well with the smaller PCs.

5. AMD HD3450 PCI: Ranges from $79 to $99

This card offers a great range for the price. It features DirectX 10.1 and HDMI. It comes in the lower profile slim PCs. It has a similar gaming performance to the nVidia8400 GS but at a higher price.

These are not the only options for card replacements in your older PC. These are the 5 most affordable options that will allow you to upgrade to Window 7. Commonly, the more you pay the better performance you get, but these will work well for most casual gamers. Other more expensive cards will work better for more serious gamers.

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Author : Milo Nash

I have over 6 years of experience varying position such as server administartor, hardware engineer, network engineer. I also do freelance work. Currently working on a UK based online game company.

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