Installing a GIGABYTE Nvidia Geforce GT710 Graphics Card in a HP Compaq dx2420 Computer

This blog post is about my experience of installing a GIGABYTE Nvidia Geforce GT710 graphics card with 2GB DDR5 ram in an old HP Compaq dx2420 computer.

Introduction
I was previously using a ATI Radeon HD 5450 graphics card with 1GB DDR3 ram, but decided it was time to upgrade. The computer I’m using is an old HP Compaq dx2420, and I decided to opt for a cheap graphics card and settled on the GV-N710D5-2GL, which has 2GB of GDDR5 ram, and uses a PCI-E 2.0 interface. 

GIGABYTE Nvidia Geforce GT710 GV-N710D5-2GL

I must admit, I almost regret bothering. I experienced a freezing / stuttering issue that I solved, and I will provide details further down. If anyone experiences a similar problem, perhaps my screenshots will help save time.

Please note: I previously upgraded my computer’s PSU, and I have no experience of using the new graphics card with the dx2420 PC’s original PSU which had a lower wattage.

Installing the hardware
My version of the GT710 is the GV-N710D5-2GL and it came with a low profile bracket in the box, which I didn’t need. In the photo below, I’ve placed an arrow pointing at the slot on the motherboard I used.

slot for graphics card

It isn’t a massive or heavy card, and I had no issue installing the card in the PC.

graphics card in slot

I only require the DVI-I connection currently, but will have HDMI available if needed.

Graphics card connections

Installing the drivers
I’m running Windows 10 on the dx2420 and drivers installed automatically via the internet. However the drivers I’m now using were downloaded from the Nvidia website.I downloaded and installed version 388.71.

Nvidia Graphics Driver for GT710

I only intend to use the DVI output, and have no need for the other installation options. Therefore I only selected the graphics driver via the custom install option.

Performance problem (Freezing / Stuttering)
I’m using an old computer with a cheap graphics card, so appreciate this isn’t what people would call a gaming system. That being said, I play a lot of older games, indie and lower spec games on old hardware.

GT710 graphics settings 1

I started playing a game and noticed the background on the main screen was freezing, and then trying to change the graphics options was sluggish. The problem was easily solved when I turned options off in the Nvidia software, such as shown in the screenshots above and below.

GT710 graphics settings 2

Conclusion
I’ve been using the new graphics card for a few days, whilst my use of it has only just begun, I’m not experiencing further issues.

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