Help choosing right graphic card.

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  1. gop

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    Hi, I have an ATI Sapphire HD radeon 4300 series card (low profile), had it for many years, howeever, recently im hearing a loud humming/vibrating sound from it on start up, also hums constantly now. I know its the graphic card as when i touch the corner of it i can feel the vibrations. More recently at start up, im now hearing what sounds like a motor or fan thats trying hard to spin, it picks up then slows down, but resolves itself once computer is running.

    So it it on its last legs? Ive took it out and cleaned what i could with a cotton bud, but still the same. This wee card has done what i need it to for many years, including running full HD from freesat (1080p)

    If it is dying can people suggest cheapish alternatives for these specs:

    AMD athlon 64 x2 dual core processor (2.6 ghz).Socket AM2 (940)
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit.
    5 gig ram (DDR2)
    cosair 550w psu
    Gigabyte M52L-S3P mobo


    I need it to be low profile (and pci-e), as slim at the one installed at present, with a budget of around £40-50. Only need for HDTV, watching films really no gaming as such, so it'll need to be able to go to the full hd screen resolution.

    Also, if a card has a screen resolution higher than 1080p (which currently gives me full screen hd, where as 1080i, cuts out about an inch of a border all the way round the screen), will the pic be any better?

    Need a new one asap!

    Many thanks in advance.

    Gop
     
  2. dacads

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    Sounds like the fan is dying..anyway for that price I would be looking to get a low profile Radeon 6450
     
  3. gop

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    Thought so!! That card is pci-e x2 (correct?) I need pci-e x1, the very small connectors into the mobo. Any suggestion that will run ok on win7 x64 with ddr2 memory and be low profile?

    G
     
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    Sorry i forgot......Is pci-e x1 better re speed/performance that pci-e x2?
     
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    Apologies....it is a pci-e x16 card i need. Which one will run best on my specs above, remembering it needs to be very, low profile?

    Thanks guys
     
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    Another question!! If i get a card with a heat sink on, it will be within millimeters of a satellite tuner below it, will the heat damage the tuner?
     
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    Its ok but a bit slower than the 6450, it also uses a little fan and to be honest they are pretty poor as you know.

    Memory type isn't be a problem.
     
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    Well, I bought the 6450, slotted it in, started comp, but it just hang at starting windows. I can hear the start up music, but screen wont load up. Is this not compatible with my mobo? Gigabyte M52L-S3P mobo.

    Really ****** about this!
     
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    Of course your motherboard supports it, did you uninstall the previous drivers?
     

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