Video Card

Emachines Desktop with amd athlon x2 dua...
December 10, 2009 at 14:30:39
Specs: Windows XP, 1.93GB I think
I have an Emachine T3092 and want to install a video card to play some games that I have downloaded that the graphics are all messed up on. Games I am having trouble with are Farm Frenzy 3 and Fishdom Frosty Splash. They load fine but the graphics are all messed up.

Any way I am not good with all the 64 128 ddm stuff.

So can you tell me just what I need to buy that will work like a brand and modle so I do not mess it up.

After I get it I will bring it some place and have it installed so I do not blow it up.

AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
2.20GHz, 1.93GB of RAM
Physical Address Extention

Thank you for helping the lost

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December 10, 2009 at 15:01:00
Here's a link to your system specs:

It has an 8X AGP slot for a video card upgrade. The games you mentioned are pretty juvenile, how old are you? If those are the only games you wanna play, this Geforce 6200 for $28 will be more than sufficient:

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December 10, 2009 at 16:02:41
I am old enough to have grand kids and the games I talked about is about my speed.

I do not know a lot about computers and did not grow up with them. (I went to school before the computer did.)

The only thing I was told is to get a card that has 256MB memory @ 128-bit & supports DX9 and I do not understand all that so I figured I would ask here and someone with some knowledge could tell me what to buy.

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December 10, 2009 at 19:14:18
I'm old enough to have grandkids myself, as are many of the helpers in these forums.

Whoever told you to look for a 128-bit card that supports DX9 gave you good advice. The card I recommended is only 64-bit, but based on the games you listed, you probably don't need anything more powerful. I can recommend a few others but 1st let me give some quick background....

64-bit or 128-bit is the width of the memory path. Generally speaking, the wider the path, the more data that can travel over it during a given amount of time. However, if you use a smaller path & speed up the data, the outcome will be the same. For example, 64-bit @ 400MHz is the same as 128-bit @ 200MHz. It's simple math: 64 x 400 = 128 x 200. What I'm getting at is, all 64-bit cards aren't necessarily bad & all 128-bit cards aren't necessarily good.

The next issue is power. The AGP slot can only supply a set amount of wattage to a video card. I believe it's 42W max. Most gaming cards require more power than that so it has to be supplemented by a direct connection from the power supply to the card. Unfortunately, eMachines are notorious for using cheap Bestec power supplies that have a higher than average failure rate, so adding a video card that requires the additional power plug-in is not a good idea unless you intend to upgrade the power supply as well. Assuming you don't wanna go that route, here's some cards for you to consider:

AGP cards under $50

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December 10, 2009 at 23:13:32
i heard agp slot can supply 45w max "correct me if iam wrong"

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December 11, 2009 at 05:06:20
"i heard agp slot can supply 45w max"

You are correct. I should have verified that before I wrote it. I'll make the adjustment in my other response. Thanks.

FYI, here's what I found:

"Before the arrival of graphics cards based on the RADEON 9700/9500 series chips – and earlier still, there had been Voodoo 5500/6000 GPUs from 3dfx) – all gaming graphics cards received their power from the AGP slot. Quite a few of the AGP slot pins are designed to supply power to the graphics card – 3.3v, 5v and 12v. The maximum consumption currents on these lines are 6A, 2A and 1A, respectively, according to the latest specification, AGP 3.0. If you know the voltages and the maximum currents, you can easily calculate the power consumption of the graphics card through the AGP slot – it is about 41.8W."

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December 11, 2009 at 05:22:39
Thanx, i didn't know all that info.

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December 11, 2009 at 15:37:29
I thank you so much for all the details and info but some of it is over my head.

On the link you gave me what would you have me get. I do not mind spending up to $100.00 I just do not want to put something in and have to replace it again next year with something better.

What brand and model is the best for me???

I do thank you for all the advice and your patients with me.

Would you say the SPARKLE SF8855DT GeForce FX 5500 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card would be the best in this list you gave me????

I do thank you for all the advice and your pacients with me.

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