Video Card Upgrade Advice

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December 3, 2009 at 00:43:25
Specs: Windows XP
Hello. I am looking to upgrade the Video Card on my old computer, but I'm not sure which one would be the best choice. I want to get the maximum amount of benefits if possible. What is the best card I can put in my computer?

Here is what I have-

HP Pavilion a320n.
ASUS A7N8X Motherboard.
AMD Athlon XP 2.08ghz.
2 GB + 256MB DDR memory.
120 GB hard drive.
Windows XP Home Edition.
Nvidia GeForce 4MX w/64 MB shared video memory (Current Video Card).

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December 3, 2009 at 01:13:22
Right now hd 4670 is the best agp card money can buy. Look for ati radeon hd 2600xt its under $100.

EDIT: Also look for radeon x1650 pro, x1950 pro. both cards under usd 100.(i meant each card under $100)

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December 3, 2009 at 01:17:26
You will probably need to define a price range since the "Best" cards available can run into four figures. Your system has an AGP 8X slot so there's a starting point.
jam is probably the most qualified regular contributor here so hopefully he can point you towards some suitable choices and advise on what not to get.

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December 3, 2009 at 01:30:19
I'd like to keep the cost under 100 dollars. Also, since I have an older computer, with an older cpu, I don't want a card where the benefits are bottlenecked.

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December 3, 2009 at 08:29:27
If you have an HP, the board model is A7N8X-LA which is different than the actual ASUS A7N8X. The A7N8X does not have integrated graphics. Here's your board:

"I want to get the maximum amount of benefits if possible"

I can understand your desire to get away from the integrated video but if gaming performance isn't what you're shooting for, there's no need to get a really high end card...just about anything would be an improvement over the GF4 MX IGP. Most high end AGP cards are pretty power hungry...if you still have the stock HP power supply, it *may* not be able to handle such a card, so that will have to be taken into consideration. Newegg still has a pretty good selection of AGP cards but I hesitate to make a recommendation without knowing the purpose & your PSU specs.

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December 3, 2009 at 18:46:01
Firstly, I want to thank you and anyone else on this forum for responding! I am not a computer expert so advice is much appreciated!

Secondly, yes, you are correct, I opened up my computer and it has the A7N8X-LA inside. I also checked the power supply, and it is 250 watt.

I am willing to replace the power supply with a better one, so that isn't really a problem.

As far as my needs go, I sometimes run multiple programs at once, I occasionally watch movies, and I do play some PC games, so decent performance is something I'd want. I don't play the really new high end games, but I do like strategy games and flight sims and there are few out there that I want, but my current setup won't play. These would be games like Hearts of Iron 3, Europa Universalis 3, Rise of Flight, and a few others.

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December 3, 2009 at 21:24:01
You need to look at the system requirements for those games. Rise of Flight & Hearts of Iron III are new games & wouldn't be playable on your system no matter how much you upgrade it.

Europa Universalis 3 is a couple of years old & has much lower requirements. It should play reasonably well with just a video card upgrade.

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December 4, 2009 at 01:22:43
I feel this one is pretty good.

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December 5, 2009 at 22:57:57
Well, it's a little disappointing, but I can live without playing those games. It looks like they'll have to wait until I get a better computer.

That being said, if I were to upgrade the card on my current system, is there any particular card that might be recommended? I've posted on several forums, and looked around myself, and it seems like there is a wide variety available. For instance, I've had many point me towards the Nvidia 6 series of cards, or the 7 series, also, ATI Sapphire etc... What is the most "bang" I can get for my "buck?"

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December 5, 2009 at 23:47:25
If you wanna play, you gotta pay:

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