Question Looking for the best display card for this old PC


Jun 20, 2013

I have a Shuttle SZ77R5 pc. Motherboard FZZ V1.0.
It's my media center computer, but I'd like to play some games on it.

I am trying to find a good display card for this. I tried installing a better card from another pc, but it wouldn't turn on, so I assume there are some compatibility limitations.
I went to their support site, and it listed about 30 compatible display cards. I took the list and asked ChatGPT to rank them by performance, the list is below. I assume this is not an exhaustive list, as my current display card is an Nvidia 210 which is not in the list.
My question: Do these rankings look fairly accurate? None of these appear to be that great, but seem better than what I have.
Also, when I search eBay for NVIDIA GTX 580 GDDR5 1.5G, I see many different cards from many manufacturers. Should I assume that it's the chipset that's supposedly compatible with my pc, and manufacturer is irrelevant?

Thanks for any advice,
  1. NVIDIA GTX780 2GB
  2. NVIDIA GTX 580 GDDR5 1.5G
  3. ASUS GTX680-2GD5
  4. ASUS ENGTX480/2DI/1536MD5
  6. EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX 2.0
  7. EVGA GTX770 2GB 02G-P4-2774-KR
  8. EVGA GTX750Ti SC 2GB 02G-P4-3753-KR
  9. MSI R7870 Twin Frozr 2GD5/OC
  10. SAPPHIRE R9-280X 3G
  11. PowerColor AXR9 380 4GD5-PPDHE
  12. ASUS HD7970-3GD5
  13. MSI R7-260X 2GD5
  14. MSI R7770 2PMD1GD5/OC
  15. MSI R6790 2PM2D1GD5
  16. ASUS EAH6970/2DI2S/SGD5
  17. AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB
  18. Asus EAH6870/2DI2S/1GD5
  19. ASUS EAH5870/G/2DIS/1GD5/A
  20. GIGABYTE GV-R7240C-2GI
  21. PowerColor HD7750 1GBD5-DH
  22. GIGABYTE GV-R4670D3-512 512MB
  23. MSI N560GTX-Ti Twin Frozr II/OC
  24. MSI R5770-PM2D1G
  25. ASUS EAH3850 512MB (Single slot)
  26. ASUS EAH3870 512MB
  27. ASUS EAH3850 512MB (Single slot)
  28. MSI N9400GT-MD512
  29. Leadtek WinFast Geforce 9600GT 512MB
  30. Leadtek WinFast PX9500 GT 512MB
  31. Asus EAH4670/DI/512M/A


There should be no compatibility limitations beyond what your power supply can handle. What you should buy definitely depends most on what CPU is in there right now. I'm also curious what video card you tried in there didn't work as personally I've got 20 series nvidia working on a platform older than that and have read of newer cards working on even older ones.
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While it is from 2012, it always had UEFI (people even install MacOS on the things) and should have no compatibility issues with any modern graphics card. The support site is only going to list things the company tried in it back then, so will only be a list of vintage cards known to work and not everything that works.

The interesting thing about that particular platform is it can even accept full-sized cards in such a tiny box. But you can't get really powerful power supplies to fit in it, so that limits the possible power draw of any card. That's why it's surprising to see a 244w GTX580 on the list. I can tell you that the GTX580 is pretty unstable with insufficient power, but at least its blower-style fan won't dump all that heat into the tiny box.

The regular GTX 1050 can be had in versions not requiring auxiliary power, and is faster than the GTX 580.
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