My onboard video Intel Extreme graphics 2 on Intel 865GBF is not supported by win 7 and it is not possible to go for an upgrade at this moment. One of the E-Bay site is selling Dell NVidia FX 5200-128MB ( 2nd hand ) which he claims to be compatible with win 7 ( No ready made driver, have to use Vista driver). How far the information is correct? Will I go for it? The main purpose of this machine is to browse the net and movie/multimedia. No gaming. It will be connected to Dell 2030 LED monitor. The present system has 3GB DDR 400 RAM with P4 2.4/1MB/533MHz CPU. It has only AGP slot, so hardly have other alternatives.
Should be. If I recall correctly, the drivers for it install automatically on Windows 7, and it supports Aero. I will say, I used to have an FX 5200, and it was a pretty poor card performance wise. AGP still lets you use GeForce 6000 series and 7000 series cards, so perhaps one of those might be available at a similar price? Wouldn't hurt to check. If not, you'll probably be fine for web browsing, but full HD media decoding won't be that great without some tweaking.
I suppose that makes sense since the AGP GeForce 6000 and 7000 series weren't all that common. That system should be able to run Windows 7 with Aero without too much trouble, but do consider turning off Aero for added performance. My only concern is that if your dad wants to watch HD quality movies, the system might struggle.