problem with upgrading my v-card

September 11, 2010 at 08:52:49
Specs: Windows XP, 768mb
Need help!
I have not much experience in compatibility.
I have an old pc Pentium 4
2.4ghz overclocked to 3.4ghz
768 ram but can be upgraded to 2gb
Currently using agp card x4 only(max)
I'm not sure if it supports pci express i think not.
I want to upgrade my v-card to 512 or 1gb
I'm not sure if it is compatible or what v-card should i purchase. Really need your help...

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September 11, 2010 at 09:59:48
Your system is old/outdated. It supports AGP, not PCI-express x16. Don't waste your money. If you want to play the latest games, invest in a more modern system.

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September 11, 2010 at 10:24:17
I know i need a latest pc but that's only what i have. I have one last question, is there any 512mb v-card that could possibly be compatible with my motherboard. Because i'm just buying a 2nd hand v-card not expensive that's what i can only afford.

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September 11, 2010 at 10:49:59

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September 11, 2010 at 14:11:54
1. 768MB isn't enough RAM for decent should have 2GB.

2. since PCI-e has replaced AGP as the graphics standard, there are very few "modern" AGP cards being made. nVidia has all but bailed out of the AGP business, ATI throws a bone to the AGP diehards once in a while (HD4650, HD4670) but unfortunately, the driver support for AGP isn't the greatest.

The amount of memory on the card doesn't necessarily mean it's fast. There are 256MB cards that will blow away 1GB cards. It all depends on the graphics chip, the width of the memory bus (64-bit, 128-bit, 256-bit), type of memory (DDR, DDR2, DDR3, etc), & the speed the memory runs at.

The Radeon X1950 for about $75 (if you can find it) is about as good as it gets. There are others better & faster, but they cost more & the driver support just isn't there.

3. a large percentage of gaming cards require a direct plug in from the power supply. This is because the AGP (or PCI-e) slot can't supply all the power the card needs. In other words, if you get a power hungry card & your power supply is too weak, you will have to upgrade that too.

To do it right, you need to invest in RAM, a gaming AGP card & possibly a power supply (quality parts, not cheap junk). It will cost you anywhere between $125-200 (online prices, not BestBuy) depending on what you get. Is it worth it on a system that old?

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September 13, 2010 at 08:56:35
purchased everything you said. My computer's performance is quite good and satisfying. Can be able to play Call of Duty4, Starcraft2,prince of persia FS, Left4dead2.. just need to wait little time for loading but i'm not in a hurry. I Purchased it all for $45 about P2,000.00 here in phil. . Power supply was really important won't work without higher watts.
Thanks A lot. All the neighbor children here can't wait to play.

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