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    Default A Video Card for Me ol' PC

    I want the best video card for the PC in my sig that the CPU(s) wont be a bottleneck. IE: I dont want a 6800U because it would be overkill, the CPU(s) would never be able to use its power. I want something that will work well for what I have got. Suggestions?
    Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHZ 533FSB
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    Default Re: A Video Card for Me ol' PC

    What mainboard does it use?

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    No kidding. Does it only support AGP 2x like the what you have in your signature now, or can it support 4x or 8x? In any case, I can't see you getting anything over a 9800 Pro, and something in the 9550 to 9600 Pro range would probably be more sensible financially, depending on the game.

    What I'm wondering is why you're trying to turn a server into a low-end gaming machine. Dual CPUs do very little in applications that can't make use of them (most games), so I'd try to find a better use for it, personally. But I guess if you don't need a server or workstation of any sort and don't want to sell it, it would make some sense to use it for gaming...

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    If it IS AGPx2 - Your screwed, plain and simple. If not, I'd suggest maybe a Powercolor 9600 - The asus model is supposedly more powerful, but I doubt you'd need it. The powercolor can be picked up for around $250 Aus.
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    AGP speed dosen't really matter, even an 8x card barely goes above 2x speeds. And the motherboard is a 440GX AGP made by Tyan.


    And in response to Yawgm0th: I got the computer for free, it was an unused server rotting in a closet. Since I am not allowed to my Pentium 4 computer to LAN parties (by order of my parents, who paid for it), I use this one. I find that I can still play new games with it at medium settings, however it lags when there is multiple characters in battle onscreen (or any other very intense scene in a game) and since the current graphics card only has a passive heatsink for cooling, after hours of gaming (even with the fans I've got) it becomes incapable of doing anything graphic intensive. Hence the need for a better card.
    Last edited by joedemagio; 11-06-2004 at 06:48 AM.
    Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHZ 533FSB
    1024MB PC-3200 DDR-SDRAM
    Sapphire Radeon 9800PRO 128MB
    Foxconn 865-PE6LS Motherboard
    Western Digital WD400BB 40GB, Western Digital WD600BB 60GB Hard Drives
    POWTEC Demon 480W PSU
    Dell UltraSharp 18001FP 18" LCD Monitor
    Windows XP Professional SP2

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    AGP speed does matter because the card might not run on the motherboard at all. There is performance loss below 4x, but compatibility is the issue. If you want, try a 9550 or 9600. You can get decent ones for extremely cheap ($60 or so), and Newegg should let you return it if it doesn't work. That's the minimum I would go with for any gaming system and probably the maximum I'd go for this system.

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    I agree, with a 2x AGP slot, u cannot install the new age video cards, u can change the mother board for an increase in AGP X's.And with a weird specification like urs, itll be kinda unstable, and u wont be able to play the latest games in decent performance rates.

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    @ Laughing Man: Ummm, seems like you don't know what ur talking about. I cant upgrade the motherboard because there really aren't any other motherboards that can hold the proccessors that I have, and their AGP speed wouldn't be higher because they don't make new motherboards for old proccessors. And if there was a motherboard that was better and I upgraded to it, it wouldn't be unstable unless I tried to overclock it without rasing the voltage, and Xeons are overclock-proof. And also, I can play new games with decent performance as it is now, so if I upgraded I wouldn't have worse perfomance would I?
    Last edited by joedemagio; 11-07-2004 at 01:29 AM.
    Intel Pentium 4 2.53GHZ 533FSB
    1024MB PC-3200 DDR-SDRAM
    Sapphire Radeon 9800PRO 128MB
    Foxconn 865-PE6LS Motherboard
    Western Digital WD400BB 40GB, Western Digital WD600BB 60GB Hard Drives
    POWTEC Demon 480W PSU
    Dell UltraSharp 18001FP 18" LCD Monitor
    Windows XP Professional SP2

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    I don't see how you would get worse performance if you upgraded.

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    Default Re: A Video Card for Me ol' PC

    Quote Originally Posted by joedemagio
    @ Laughing Man: Ummm, seems like you don't know what ur talking about. I cant upgrade the motherboard because there really aren't any other motherboards that can hold the proccessors that I have, and their AGP speed wouldn't be higher because they don't make new motherboards for old proccessors. And if there was a motherboard that was better and I upgraded to it, it wouldn't be unstable unless I tried to overclock it without rasing the voltage, and Xeons are overclock-proof. And also, I can play new games with decent performance as it is now, so if I upgraded I wouldn't have worse perfomance would I?
    Why only ATI cards? he could get substantial improvement if he bought a 4x/8x agp Nvidia card like the 5200... i wouldn't suggest the 5200 since i does kinda suck... but a 5500 or above would hardly be overkill...
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