choose me a graphics card

June 2, 2009 at 07:57:06
Specs: Windows XP SP2, 256MB SDRAM
i wan to install a new graphics card on my comp.a very powerful one so that i can play high end games my system configuration is
intel pentium3
256 mb ram
80gb hdd
via vt 8361/8601graphics controller (i hate this onboard graphics it just has 8mb vram)
mine is an old computer bought in 2002
i have a agp 4x slot and a pci suggest me a good graphics card that can suit my system's configuration and also that i can play high quality games. Sorry for the english.please help.thankyou

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June 2, 2009 at 08:18:54
Your questions have nothing to do with CPU's or overclocking.

You're gonna need more RAM for gaming. 256MB is's barely enough to run XP, let alone game with it. And decent AGP cards are fairly power hungry so it's possible that you may have to upgrade your power supply. Then there's the video card itself...decent AGP gaming cards are relatively expensive. How much are you willing to "invest" in your old machine? Where are you from?

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June 2, 2009 at 13:50:25
If he plans on investing more than $120.00 (US) with his current system, it's a waste. Might as well build an entirely new and up-to-date system. BTW, you don't have to spend a fortune for great performance either. Check around on the internet for prices.

What games are you trying to play? With that cpu, even with the best agp card available, you won't be able to play most games that came out after 2005 with respectable frame rates--this is not a given, there are some exceptions. Furthermore, a good cpu is also needed, or it will hold back the video card.

Keep in mind, you can't just pop in a modern cpu in that system, you need to upgrade "everything"--motherboard, psu, ram, etc. Spend your money wisely, don't waste it on an aging system.

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