Is my GPU being bottle necked?

June 25, 2009 at 13:11:56
Specs: Windows Vista
Hi, I have an older Dell Dimension 8300. P4 HT 3.0ghz, 3GB of ram, and an ATI Radeon HD3850 AGP 8X 512MB DGGR3. Do you think this card is being bottle necked? I found a mother board that I am contemplating purchasing. I cannot afford a whole new system so please don't post how I would be better off buying one. I'm in college with no job at the moment. I plan to buy a new system in fall, but I would like to keep this one going until then. Here is the mobo I found, let me know what you think. http://3btech.net/inducopee2as.html

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#1
June 25, 2009 at 13:14:46
Don't know if this is helpful, but here is my system info:
OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Business
Version 6.0.6001 Service Pack 1 Build 6001
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name BRANDON-08AE33F
System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
System Model Dimension 8300
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz, 2992 Mhz, 1 Core(s), 1 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A05, 2/23/2004
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6001.18000"
User Name BRANDON-08AE33F\Brandon
Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 3.00 GB
Available Physical Memory 2.04 GB
Total Virtual Memory 6.24 GB
Available Virtual Memory 5.26 GB
Page File Space 3.29 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

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#2
June 25, 2009 at 17:16:19
Do NOT waste any more money on an AGP system!

http://support.dell.com/support/edo...


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#3
June 25, 2009 at 19:10:02
Thanks for the reply, but as I said, I'm not looking to spend $300 and up on a new system.

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#4
June 25, 2009 at 19:20:16
This card that I have isn't bad anyways, it ranks pretty high with some of the mid to higher PCI-e cards. If I go PCI-e that means I have to get a new mobo....a new card and ram...basically a whole new system for a mediocre gamer. The system I have is fine, I just wanted to know if it is bottle necking the gpu or not.

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#5
June 26, 2009 at 13:32:35
The HD3850 is THE FASTEST AGP card made...you can NOT do any better. I doubt it's being bottlenecked & even if it is, what would you do about it? Invest in another outdated CPU? As I said, your system's not worth investing any more money in.

"If I go PCI-e that means I have to get a new mobo....a new card and ram"

Don't forget a new CPU & probably a new power supply too.


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