Need to Upgrade GPU

Dell Dimension 4500
February 3, 2007 at 11:37:12
Specs: Xp Sp2, Posted Below

Hello i need to upgrade my graphics card. I have a agp 4x slot and i want to get the best card for it. I was thinking between the Ati Radeon x1650pro 512mb, BFG 7800gs, or BFG 7600gs 512mb. I currently have a Geforce 4 420mx, it is overclocked. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I currently have a 250watt power supply so can you also recommend a good one?

Here is my system setup:
Cpu:Pentium 4 2.0ghz Northwood
Ram:Samsung PC2100 256mb module
GPU:Nvidia GeForce 4 420mx
HardDrive1:Western Digital 5400rpm 40gb
HardDrive2:Seagate Barracuda 7200rpm 200gb
MotherBoard:Intel D845EPT2
OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2
SoundCard: Sound Blaster Live! Value
NetworkCard:Realtek 10/100 i think
CD: NEC NR-7900A
DVD: Samsung 6D-616T-not functioning-its crazy when you put anything in it

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February 3, 2007 at 12:27:45

The X1650Pro/XT would be a good match for that setup. Dell power supplies are usually pretty reliable/stable; my brother has a Dell running an overclocked 9800XT on its 250w power supply. Even though the AGP X1650Pro/XT cards need to be connected to the power supply, you shouldn't run into any problems.

But, a new video card won't help you much if you've only got 256MB of system memory! Upgrade that to at least 1GB.

My Super P3:
Pentium III-S 1.4GHz @ 1.58GHz, 512K L2
X800XT All-in-wonder, overclocked to 580/600.
250GB HD
2 gigs of PC2100 RAM
QDI Advance 12 mobo, this baby rocks!
SB Audigy 2

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February 3, 2007 at 13:37:50

Yea, you definitely need more RAM...add at least another 512MB to what you already have.

I wouldn't bother with a 512MB video card, the extra 256MB won't gain you any performance. Why are you running a 5400RPM HDD as your primary drive?

Considering that you're running 2 HDDs & 2 optical drives, a 250W PSU *may* not handle the added load of a high performance video card.

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February 3, 2007 at 13:51:16

I have my 5400rpm drive as my primary because it came with my Pc. i bought the Seagate for about $60 from Circuit City a year and a half ago. So i should definitly get the ATI then, because i need good gaming performace. Ill get 1gb of ram, thats all my pc supports i think.

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February 3, 2007 at 14:06:24

IT doesn't matter if you get ATI or nVidia. The link I posted above is to an "open box" ATI X800GTO. You're not gonna find many AGP video cards with 256MB/256-bit GDDR3 memory for $86.

Here's what Tom's Hardware has to say:

"A card with 256-bit memory in the lowest price category? Bizarre. For under $100 it hands other cards in this league their butts - the vanilla 6600 GT, X1300 XT and even X1650 PRO simply can't compete with an X800 GTO. Some people will complain about their lack of SM 3.0 capability, but in this category that really doesn't matter - the GTO has the power to pull the highest performance regardless."

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February 3, 2007 at 21:55:20

Thanks alot for the good suggestion jam, but i saw that card and i really need the best AGP card. I will upgrade my pc soon. I will get a 450watt psu probably, a p4 at 2.8ghz, and 1 or 2gb of ram. I saw the Ati Radeon x1950 pro, and now im really confused, could you guys tell me what the best card is? I will use it mostly for gaming and to run Vista.

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February 5, 2007 at 11:43:37

I would reccomend before you get A new video card you get a power supply at least 350w. good luck!!!

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February 5, 2007 at 15:19:01

Hey laptop, did you even read my last post? I said ill get a 450watt power supply, anyway please tell me the best performance agp 4x card? I really need to um keep this system alive a couple of more years. I currently play mostly san andreas at 640*480 with 3AA,Low FX Lightning-hate those bushes that pop up and mostly Frame Limiter On, because i get burst of high frames-in the 45+ and then return to 30+.
My card is currently overclocked to 320 core 420memory.

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February 10, 2007 at 05:15:39

You can use an agp 8x card in an agp 4x motherboard but you will not see its full potential.
worth a try though.

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February 11, 2007 at 19:22:44

Can you guys tell me which agp gpu is the most powerfull though cause i gotta upgrade soon, and if there will be any new ones coming out soon.

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