graphic card or asus p5 n7a vm

June 4, 2009 at 05:15:35
Specs: Windows XP

i kinda confuse in selecting for graphic card or asus nvidia chipset motherboard(p5 n7a vm)..
my sys config is:
P4 3.2GHz
intel D945GTP motherboard..
512mb ddr2 (533Mhz)
i think my fsb is only 1066Mhz :(...

my question are :-

should i go for 9600GT ddr2 (1GB) or 9500GT ddr3(1GB).. i don't know are they compatible with my system or not?
and should i buy asus p5 n7a vm motherboard which has GF 9300GT 512mb graphic card inbuilt..?

(some of my friends suggested for whole system upgrade but then i can't buy any seprate video card)

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June 4, 2009 at 06:02:25
"i think my fsb is only 1066Mhz :( "

I don't know why you'd frown about that? Sorry to break it to you though...your motherboard may support up to 1066MHz FSB (266MHz frequency) but your 3.2GHz P4 only runs at 800MHz FSB (200MHz frequency). At least you have the correct RAM.

As for the video cards, don't get suckered in by 1GB memory. It's totally unneccessary. Do NOT get a 9500GT no matter what the specs of it is NOT a good gaming card. And if you want a 9600GT, get one with 512MB GDDR3, not 1GB GDDR2.

Read & learn:

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BTW, make sure you have a decent power supply. If you have 350W or less, go for the Radeon HD4670...either that or plan on investing in a better PSU.

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June 4, 2009 at 06:10:46

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June 4, 2009 at 08:56:11
Don't buy that Asus motherboard thinking the onboard video will work for gaming. It's a good motherboard for HTPC use but you'd still end up buying a video card for gaming. You'd only be throwing ~$130 your problem, not fixing it.

In other words, follow the advice from jam.


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June 5, 2009 at 03:15:35
thanks everyone for ur advices...

but a computer vendor said that "p4 is kinda bottle neck for playing games and ur ram is also less.. u wont get any decent graphic in this config".

he also says that "9600GT ddr3 needs pci 2.0X16 interface and ur board has 1X16".
my sys config is:
P4 3.2GHz
intel D945GTP motherboard..
512mb ddr2 (533Mhz)
and my power supply is "400W"

and also suggest me a decent graphic card at normal price range

i am also thinking of upgrading my ram to 2GB but which one 533Mhz or 677Mhz or 800Mhz...????
(i know 800 will get under clock but what i dont know is that can it degrade my system performance as of using different frequency RAMs)

one of my friends suggest me for 8800GT or GTX i dont know abt it or whether it is compatible or not

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