Replacing my AGP video card

March 19, 2010 at 11:37:28
Specs: Windows XP
Hello everyone!
My old nVidia FX5600 XT is on her last days. Even with an actual fan as cooler on the side it still dies after a few minutes of 3d.

Here are this PC's specs:
AMD Athlon XP 2700+
1Gb RAM
nVidia FX5600xt (in its twilight)
ASUS A7V8X-X
ATX 450w

I'm not going to upgrade the other components, just replace the current video card. It'd be nice if it was one that's better than the 5600xt but still cheap enough to be worth it, which would you recommend?


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#1
March 19, 2010 at 11:49:51
alright u posted the wattage wut are the oher specs of ur PSU voltage amperage etc
for now i'd suggest HD 4670

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#2
March 19, 2010 at 11:53:50
The outputs are (according to the sticker...)
+3.3V 20A
+5V 30A
+12v 20A
-5V 0.5A
-12V 0.5A
+5Vsb 2A


The one you suggested looks very good, but it's a bit expensive for what I'm looking for.
Would this one do the trick? (Don't mind the text in spanish)


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#3
March 19, 2010 at 12:25:39
It's a shame your card didn't die two weeks ago!

TigerDirect had an x1950Pro AGP for $65, and Newegg had a 6600GT for $25--truly excellent deals.

I'd avoid the 6200--it's just as slow as the 5600XT. Try searching eBay. You can sometimes find incredible deals on video cards there.

"It reads... 4A (@220 v)."
That's the input current @ mains voltage. Open the PC and read the sticker on the power supply. How many amps can the +12v rail(s) dole out?

Edit: I see you've changed your post. 20A on the 12v should be able to run most AGP cards fine, especially since your CPU isn't nearly as power hungry as modern processors.


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#4
March 19, 2010 at 12:29:01
listen AGP cards are weak the one u specified in this link is kinda bad for gaming u need a PCI-E u can look for an agp try this
http://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Rade...
before looking at the card i gave jackbomb mentioned something abt ur psu do it then look at the card

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#5
March 19, 2010 at 12:39:42
X1950pro was a good gaming card, still good for agp system.

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#6
March 19, 2010 at 12:55:35
I have one concern about the memory...
I keep reading DDR2 and DDR3. Won't that be bottlenecked (or be compatible at all) by my motherboard?

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#7
March 19, 2010 at 13:03:57
Nothing to worry about there.

The DDR memory on your motherboard is used only by the CPU. The (G)DDR2/3/5 memory on your video card is used only by the GPU. Both CPU and GPU have their own separate memory controllers.

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#8
March 19, 2010 at 13:57:02
Thank you very much for the responses so far, toxict, jack and kuwese!
I've found this 3650 for an affordable price. Will that do the trick?

EDIT: Also, it mentions something about needing external power (6 pin). What is that?
(Sorry, my knowledge of hardware is merely shallow heh)


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#9
March 19, 2010 at 18:14:16
If that's the right picture, the card requires a 4-pin floppy plug, not a 6-pin plug. $110 US is WAY to much to pay for that card though. And there seems to be driver issues with the AGP versions of the Radeon HD cards.

I did some searching at the site & saw a Radeon 9600XT for $60...that's still a lot to pay for an old card but it's MUCH better than the lowly FX5600XT.

http://articulo.mercadolibre.com.ar...

FYI, when ATI uses the "XT" tag letters with a card's model number, it means higher performance...when nVidia uses it, it means just the opposite. The FX5600XT performs about the same as the FX5200.

Are there any other computer hardware sites you can shop at?


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#10
March 19, 2010 at 21:25:28
Computer stuff is much more expensive in my country (Argentina) than in the US, sadly.
That site is like a local ebay, and it's unlikely that I'll be able to get lower prices than that.

The 9600xt you linked me to is an used product ($60 arg = $15 usd), so it's definetely a no go.

By now I would have thought that ATI had fixed the driver issues with their AGP cards. Should I really not buy the 3650?

I can still get a GeForce 6200 (65 usd), instead of the 3650, or what about the GeForce 6600 gt?

EDIT: I just noticed I'd also need to buy a better psu for the 3650 (mentions 30A on +12V in the official requirements). Too costly, so discarded!


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#11
March 19, 2010 at 22:16:41
I remember Jackbomb reported issues with hd 2000/3000/4000 series (agp) and if do a quick google search u will find out. Buy a card that will not require u to upgrade psu, i recommend radeon x1650 pro (18A & 350w psu) or x1950 pro (20A & 400w psu).
You are lucky computer parts here are super expensive eg. X800xl for u$d 120. I hope newegg to start shipping in other places like africa.

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#12
March 20, 2010 at 07:36:36
No ATI HD then...
So would you recommend the GeForce 6600 gt?

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#13
March 20, 2010 at 09:57:23
kuwese reccommends the X1650 pro which in my opinion is better

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#14
March 20, 2010 at 11:03:32
I forgot to mention I seem to be unable to find an X1650 pro that I could buy :S

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#15
March 20, 2010 at 11:13:45
here try this
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...

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#16
March 20, 2010 at 11:49:09
As I have mentioned earlier, I do not live in the US.
Shipping and customs fees are prohibitive, so I can only buy locally.

I will be buying the 6600gt. Anyway, thanks everyone for your advice!


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#17
March 20, 2010 at 12:04:08
ur choice dude it wont be the card u expect it is

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#18
March 20, 2010 at 12:44:59
That's why I asked for advice... can anyone tell me ANYTHING about the 6600gt???

All I know is that it clocks 350mhz/600mhz which sounds good to me for the price.


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#19
March 20, 2010 at 13:07:52
The x1650Pro and 6600GT are fairly evenly matched. Go for it. :-)

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#20
March 21, 2010 at 08:49:01
yh i checked them both ur right jack they are go for it

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#21
March 21, 2010 at 09:28:31
Just bought it on the site, and will get it within the next few days :)

Again, thanks everyone!


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