Uprading my VGA card

March 14, 2010 at 13:45:38
Specs: Windows XP

I'm looking to upgrade my video card. My system uses DDR1 so I know my choices are limited. Should I buy a new computer all together or is there a video card out there that can run great on a DDR1 2G RAM system?


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March 14, 2010 at 14:46:56
The memory used by the system has nothing to do with the memory used by video card.

We already know you have 2GB DDR1, but which speed is it..266, 333, 400? And what about the rest of your system specs? Which CPU do you have? Which motherboard? What's the wattage & amperage specs of your power supply?

We would need to know all these things to be able to recommend a card that will work best with your system.

Oh yeah...how much are you willing to spend?

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March 14, 2010 at 14:54:00
You didn't even bother to list your full system specs (cpu, motherboard, power supply etc), without that we can't recommend anything.
Also we need to know what games you want to play.

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March 14, 2010 at 15:01:31
Sorry the employee at the store said it was dependent on what DDR my system used, didn't think the DDR was the entirety of the required attributes.

DDR PC3200 (DDR400)
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Processor 4 CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs)
XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600)
AI series P4P800-E Deluxe Motherboard
500 Watt ATX Power Supply

I do play World of Warcraft, but I'm also going into a 3d Gaming college and need the much needed, better graphics..

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March 14, 2010 at 15:23:29
If you're going to a "3d Gaming college", you're gonna need a MUCH better system than one with DDR1 RAM & a crappy single core P4 (it says '2 CPUs' because of hyperthreading) .

Anyhow, here's your board:


It has an AGP 4X/8X slot so assuming your 500W PSU has reasonable amperage specs, you should have no problem finding a 3D gaming card. Whether getting one would be a cost effective move will be up to you.

This Radeon HD 4670 is as good as it gets for AGP:


Although here is a great deal on the slightly older Radeon X1950 Pro:


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March 14, 2010 at 16:02:06
ok, thank you very much! Before I make any decisions, I didn't give you the video card I currently have. Its a:

NIVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE, Intergrated RAMDAC, 256.0Mb

Im sure your suggestions are much better than this card.

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March 14, 2010 at 17:00:33
This hierarchy chart will give you a general idea of where all those cards stand:


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April 5, 2010 at 22:52:59

Unfortunately I am having problems with my computer, and I am quite certain its because of the video card (Its "too good" for my system).

I got back to my computer and started up WoW. The window didnt come up, the whole computer froze. I left it there for abit to see if it was just having a hard time loading up. Nothing. So I restarted (tried task manager). But it wouldnt load properly, the monitor kept losing signal. Then it would get stuck on the windows screen.

I turned off the computer and unplugged everything, blew out all the dust and reconnected everything. Resulting with me typing this now. Though, it is very slow, and 'glitchy'. Audio would be lagged and sound contorted. I dont want to try and load Wow again...

Any comment?

This is the one i got after your recommendation (Radeon HD 4670): ATI Radeon HD 4600. The store employee says this is the same as the one you suggested. now, if it isnt, I better get a refund!

please help, I dont want to turn my computer off in fear that it wont start up again when i want to turn it on...


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April 7, 2010 at 12:01:33
Don't go with ATi, unless you want to be changing driver versions for every game you play. Find an nvidia 7800, or 7900 AGP and you will be much happier.

PowerMac 9600(1 ghz G4)
512mb RAM
50gb SCSI
ATi 9200 PCI

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