Video card to Purchase

Emachines Desktop with amd athlon x2 dua...
December 17, 2010 at 12:33:44
Specs: Windows XP, 1.93GB I think
I have an Emachine T3092 and want to install a video card.
Emachine
T3092
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
3200+
2.20GHz, 1.93GB of RAM
Physical Address Extention

My first question is can I install a Video Card?

Second question is would a SPARKLE SF8855DT GeForce FX 5500 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card would work with out having to upgrade the power supply as well?
I am real dumb with this stuff but my grandkids keep telling me I need a video card so they can play games when they come over.
Just do not want to buy anything and have it not be the right thing as well as cause and damage.
Thank you for all the advice and your patience with me.


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#1
December 17, 2010 at 15:10:06
Assuming the model is correct, here's your system specs:

http://www.emachines.com/support/pr...

You do not have an Athlon 64, you have an Athlon XP - they are 2 completely different animals. What is your current video card? The Geforce4 MX that's listed in the specs?

The FX5500 is an old card, but then again, you have an old system. Decent AGP cards are hard to find these days & the better performing ones are usually somewhat power hungry. eMachines is notorious for using Bestec power supplies which tend to have a higher than average failure rate. It would help to know the wattage rating & the amperage specs.

Pay close attention to the pixel shader support. Do you know which games they want to be able to play?

http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/


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#2
December 17, 2010 at 19:25:40
I am confused there is a sticker on the front of the computer that states AMD Athlon XP Processor. But if I right click on my computer and go to the general tab it states:
Emachine
T3092
AMD Athlon™ 64 Processor
3200+
2.20GHz, 1.93GB of RAM
Physical Address Extention

So I did a profile from Belarc's PC Management and this is what came up.

Operating System:
Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)

Main Circuit Board:
First International Computer, Inc. K8M-800M PCB 2.x
Serial Number: C235B18800
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 07/26/2005

Processor
2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Not hyper-threaded

Memory Modules
1984 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Slot 'A0' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A1' has 1024 MB

Display
VIA/S3G UniChrome Pro IGP [Display adapter]
ViewSonic A70 [Monitor] (15.7"vis, s/n CZ01101195, March 2000)

I can tell you the only thing I ever put into the thing is a memory card and that was a long time ago.

I think the kids are trying to play games Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, Farm Frenzy Pizza Party. It is games they get from bigfish and some work ok other the graphics are all messed up so I am told get with it Gram.


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#3
December 18, 2010 at 00:15:00
Strange. You've definitely got an A64 in there. Consider yourself lucky. I know a guy who has a Pentium 4 in a tower with a Core 2 Duo sticker...lol

I'd go for something faster than the FX5500. Much faster. Like this:
http://cgi.ebay.com/BFG-GeForce-660...

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#4
December 18, 2010 at 08:03:45
Would the BFG GeForce 6600 GT 128MB AGP 8x Graphics Card be ok with the Bestec power supplies you talked about?

I do not want to over load it and make it fail.

Where can I find the wattage rating & the amperage specs you talked about?



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#5
December 18, 2010 at 09:24:22
Open side panel of pc case and locate psu now u will see a label, the label contain psu specs.

If u have BESTEC psu better change is ASAP, with or without 6600gt that thing is gonna fail soon.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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#6
December 18, 2010 at 10:25:50
I do not want to touch the power supply. The computer has been fine for 7 plus years all I want to do is ass a video card with out hurting the power supply so my grandkids can play a few games.

So can someone please just tell me what would work with my computer that will not task the existing power supply.

I was told SPARKLE SF8855DT GeForce FX 5500 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card was a good one but I have no clue if it would work with my computer.

Someone on this board suggested BFG GeForce 6600 GT 128MB AGP 8x Graphics Card Again would this work with what I have with out damaging anything?

If I could afford a newer better more up to date computer I would just do that but I can’t so I am just looking for a cheep way out to make the grandkids happy when they visit. As for me I am happy with the computer the way it is as I do not play these games.


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#7
December 18, 2010 at 11:44:18
All we ask is for u to post the power supply specs(not to touch it) so that we can know if 6600gt or fx5500 is good for u.

We can not fight new wars with old weapons, let he who desires piece prepare for war - PROPHET.


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