4x AGP video card needed

Asus P4pe pentium 4 motherboard
October 24, 2009 at 20:12:20
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.53 GHz / 1023 MB
so i've been tryin to understand video cards. i have a 4X AGP slot on my ASUS P4PE mobo. i currently run P4 3.06Ghz CPU and 2x PC2700 RAM = 2gigs SDRAM.

could someone tell me the best video card available to me?

i understand i cannot run 8x AGP, but can i run a card that is 4x/8x AGP using the 4x connection?

please help! thanks.

-LeO


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#1
October 24, 2009 at 20:54:53
You should be able to run an AGP 8X card on your motherboard. What card do you have in mind?

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#2
October 24, 2009 at 21:28:15
Why do you think an 8X AGP card cannot run on the motherboard?

FYI, AGP speeds are required to be backwards compatible. In other words, any 8X card should support 1X; 2X & 4X (AGP 2.0) speeds. More than anything, the apprehension usually has to do with signal voltage & unless you have a 8X (AGP 3.0) card that only signal @ 0.8V & I strongly doubt that, any 8X card you come across will more than likely work just fine, since all 8X cards are capable of signaling @ either 1.5V or 0.8V AFAIK.

http://www.playtool.com/pages/agpco...

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#3
October 25, 2009 at 02:05:19
thanks for the replies.
i'm uncertain what kind i want. but i would like to boost my computer's video and gaming capabilities for sure.
i definately would like to enjoy the benefits of HD quality, especially.

here are a couple i have my eyes on:
ATI Radeon HD 3850
http://reviews.cnet.com/graphics-ca...

SAPPHIRE HD 3850 512MB GDDR3 AGP
http://www1.sapphiretech.com/us/pro...

-LeO


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#4
October 25, 2009 at 05:14:37
That's about as good as AGP gets. The 3850 requires a minimum of 450 watt power supply with at least 30 amps on the 12 volt rail. What are your PSU specs? Most importantly, is the 12 volt rail. Cheap PSU's even thought they boast about the wattage may be under powered.

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October 25, 2009 at 07:20:00

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#6
October 26, 2009 at 04:18:42
http://www.antec.com/specs/sl400_sp...

i have an Antec SL400. im not quite sure how to read the specs. the link above is the specs to my PSU.

can someone please go over it and tell me if i'm gonna needa upgrade the PSU, as well?

-LeO


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#7
October 26, 2009 at 09:17:42
Personally I would just get a lighter weight video card than the HD 3850 & hope for the best. If you have to buy a PSU along with the card, you'd be looking at close to $150...that's way too much to be sinking into an outdated system. Throw as little money into that old rig as possible.

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#8
October 27, 2009 at 02:21:09
well im currently running an ATI Radeon 9700 PRO.

i'd like something with close to HD quality as much as possible. the system is being used more for photos, view videos and games.

any suggestions to a better card?

-LeO


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