Best video card for my K7S5A mother

March 12, 2009 at 05:45:49
Specs: Windows XP sp3 Athlon xp1800+
I would like some advice on upgrading my video card from a NVidiaGeForce2 MX400/64MB. I have 1GB memory and an Athlon XP1800+ processor

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March 12, 2009 at 06:35:04
your stuck with an agp x4 slot , search ebay for something better tho theres not much further you can go nvidia went backwards bringing out the fx5200 utter rubbish, quake 3 arena played reasonably well even on the mx400
I wasnt a fan of Ati back then but there were a series of cards that appeared to be above average for that era
ati 9000, & i think some agpx8 were backwardly compatible with agpx4
personnly i used a Xabre400 128 way back then which was x4 x8 gave a reasonable upgrade path even back then.
if your in the UK ill post it ,
worth googling around for some older cards

and ill bet Jam has some top ati recomendations too.

lucky you

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March 12, 2009 at 07:46:35
Hi, Thanks for your reply.
Yep I'm in the UK.
Solihull, West Midlands.

I've been googling and confirm that ATI didn't have a good rep
So which card are you willing to send me the ati 9000
or the Xabre400 128?
Who's Jam??

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March 12, 2009 at 09:12:34

i just blew the dust off the card it was going to the bin with a pile of P2 's its not a 128 its a xabre sis 64, i just spoke to a mate he said we dumped the 128 in favour of fx5900's back in the good ole days of soltek mobos, what a story , i got left with the triplex, any way the up shot is the triplex 64 was as bad as your mx440 i guess he got the better deal
also the drivers were realyl sad i cant find the cd , i'll look later on line if you still want it.

The card to have back then as im 'reminded' is the Radeon 8500

there was a while ago a good comparison site on but i cannot find it (probably too old)

i ll see how much p&p is in the mean time more than a £5 it isnt worth it see ebay above!

re:they sucked lol , they welll ok they did.
02? whoa been through a whole heap of cards since then.
i was looking for those 'Toms' links ty Jam

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March 12, 2009 at 10:03:54
"Who's Jam??"

I'm just one of the regular helpers around here. BTW, it's "jam" :-)

There are plenty of good AGP cards still all depends on how much you're willing to spend & how good your power supply is. Many AGP gaming cards are power hogs so having a decent power supply is very important.

I'm gonna have to disagree with 1stepbeyond though...SiS video cards flat out sucked. Notice that you rarely hear them mentioned. The two big players are nVidia or ATI & those are the only ones you should be considering.

When selecting a card, it's important to look at the specs. 8X AGP cards are backwards compatible with 4X AGP slots so that shouldn't be an issue. The memory used on the card is very important though. For gaming, you should avoid cards that use 64-bit memory...go for either 128-bit or 256-bit. The type of memory used is important too...from slowest to fastest - SDRAM, DDR, DDR2, GDDR2, GDDR3. I suggest you look for a card with 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 memory. It should also support DX9.

I did a quick search at amazon UK & came up with this ATI Radeon X1650Pro. You don't need 512MB on an AGP card, but it certainly won't hurt:

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March 12, 2009 at 10:25:17
The Radeon 8500 is 64 but the FX5900 is 128. I've read up on both of their performances and its now confusing me as the Radeon looks a better performer???? Thats not including whether its 4x or 8x.
How do I make a decent judgement on an upgrade with SO much legacy and comparisons about which to be quite honest I do not understand?
I am a novice in this area, hope you can help and suggest the way forward.
Thanks John

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March 12, 2009 at 10:52:30
Whay are you considering such old cards? The Radeon 8500 was one of the top cards in it's day, but that was 2002:

Here's a chart from 2005...notice the 8500 doesn't even appear anymore. That's because it couldn't keep up:

The Radeon 8500 is a 7 yr old card & the nVidia FX series never was very good. Did you read the info I provided in my other response? How much are you willing to spend?

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March 12, 2009 at 10:56:48
Thanks "JAM"
Sorry about that, new to this site. Also my responses seem to have crossed over and out of sync
I've got a Jeantech 350W power supply and 1GB memory ie x2 of 512MB, 184-pin DIMM, DDR PC3200. I'm informed thats all that my motherboard K47S5A will be able to handle. Is this ATI Radeon X1650Pro still ok for my PC.
Cheers, John

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March 12, 2009 at 11:04:05
it's "jam"...all lower case

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