do I need a higher end CPU to use with a better AGP HDMI ?

March 31, 2013 at 06:04:47
Specs: Windows VISTA
I have 2 computers, the one in the living room is an older MSI 7312 9MM motherboard. I recently purchased a video card with a DVI output on it as well as the regular VGA output. I am hoping to use it to be able to get Netflix and other HD programming to my HDTV from the internet, so will this setup work? I am running Windows Vista and the card was very hard to configure even with the enclosed CD but I am waiting for the DVI to HD cable to arrive as the HD interface. I think the card is an old 92XX model.... will it configure??????? MY current CPU is a low end Athlon dual core, and there is no indication in it's BIOS of anything to configure any HD setup, so I suspect I also need a higher end C

I already know your answer........TRY IT, STUPID......


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March 31, 2013 at 07:05:28
You didn't list your specs. It would help to know exactly which CPU you have & how much RAM. You have a motherboard that was retro fitted with an AM2 socket & DDR2 slots, therefore it supports AGP rather than PCIe. It's based on the VIA K8M800 chipset from 2003. The board only supports up to 2GB RAM (2 x 1GB), so hopefully you've maxed it out.

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/K9MM-...

If you're going to install an AGP graphics card, see if you can come up with something better than the Radeon 92xx. It's also from around 2003 so it only supports DX8, plus it is & always was a low end card. It certainly won't hurt to try it though. This old chart will give you an idea of it's performance ranking back in 2003:

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

New AGP cards are hard to come by these days & they're usually way overpriced. See if you can find something in the Radeon HD series without paying too much - HD 34xx, HD 36xx, HD 43xx. You might have to resort to eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sapphire-Te...

"I already know your answer........TRY IT, STUPID......"

Of course that's the answer, especially since you already bought the card.


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March 31, 2013 at 19:06:27
thanks for the response! Yes stuped is the word, more like impatient.......... I have 4 gigs of ram in her........and an athlon 64X2 3200 2.8 mz FSB cpu. I suspect I may need to oupgrade the CPU in order to get the bios to accomodate HD graphics,as there is no HD confiuration in this one, but then, that may change with a better CPU, as the replacement CPU can change the bios to compensate accordingly? on my other computer (GIGABYTE) when I change the CPU it automatically changes the bios, so I assume that works with that old MSI as well. it is probably cheaper to go to ebay and purchase a newer motherboard the HD graphics built in the package and that includes a decent CPU. Digging around for a true HD card in AGP format, as you say, is probably expensive and hit and miss at best. your advice is very much appreciated adn thanks for taking time to respond so quickly. You have a great service here!


brian.


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#3
April 1, 2013 at 06:20:05
"I have 4 gigs of ram in her........and an athlon 64X2 3200 2.8 mz FSB cpu"

And all 4GB is recognized? That's odd because both MSI & Crucial say the board only supports 2GB.

http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/MSI+...

"I suspect I may need to oupgrade the CPU in order to get the bios to accomodate HD graphics,as there is no HD confiuration in this one"

The CPU isn't the problem & there is no HD config in the BIOS. What you need to do is get a modern video card that supports HD. The 92xx is an antique.

"it is probably cheaper to go to ebay and purchase a newer motherboard the HD graphics built in "

If you're going to replace the board & CPU (& RAM), don't buy from eBay. Have a look at Newegg. Here's one possible config:

FM2 motherboard - $50

A6 APU - $75

4GB RAM - $37


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#4
April 1, 2013 at 13:22:38
Again, riider gives good advice on the motherboard and processor. Insure you go with the FM2 platform for maximum performance. I built my FM1 machine and sometime between loading XP and Win 7, the FM2 platform hit the retailers.

...and please heed the advice not to buy from ebay. The MSI motherboard is a rock solid base to build a system.

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