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Thread: which graphics card for older PC?




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    Hi
    I have a Dell Dimension XPS T500. I think I have an AGP slot. I have 256 RAM (I think thats the max) & a P3 and need a graphics card but I don't want to spend a lot of bucks on an old machine. What would be cool with a good amount of Ram on it and would liven up my games? I bought this PC last summer off e-bay to replace my Dell 166. I wonder how much longer this PC will last before I need to buy a new one? I think this thing currently has an ATI 3D Range Pro (atir3). It wont play some of the download demo's.

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    Marc

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    First thing, look at the minimum requirements of the demo's that are giving you trouble. What is your system going to need to get up to par?
    Is video the only thing holding you back?
    If so, find out what is compatible with your system and see if that is going to be enough to get you going with the games your interested in.
    If that's not going to get it going on for you, it might be best to just hold out for a more thorough system upgrade.
    The reason a diamond shines so brightly is because it has many facets which reflect light.

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    Another thing is if there is a AGP slot to find out if it's a 2x or 4x slot as this will have a bearing on what card ya can use too.. :smokin:
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    WOW!
    A lot to think about. I guess if i get a 4x apg card and my slot is 2x that could be priety bad, huh? Will it not fit or go buluzie when I boot? I was at Dell's site and learned a lot about my PC. I do have an APG slot but can't figure out if it's 2x or 4x yet. Any tips on this?

    System profile:
    Computer Model
    BIOS Vendor Intel Corp.
    BIOS Version
    BIOS Date 06/28/2000
    Case Type Unknown
    Windows Version 98
    Explorer Version 6.0.2600.0000


    Processors

    Central Processor
    Manufacturer Intel Corporation
    Product Name Pentium III processor
    Version Intel Pentium(R) III Processor
    External Clock Speed 100 Hz
    Maximum Clock Speed 1200 Hz
    Current Clock Speed 500 Hz


    Memory

    System memory with 3 slots - Placement: System board or motherboard
    DIMM: 128 Mb DRAM
    DIMM: 128 Mb DRAM
    DIMM: empty

    Windows Memory/Resources
    Total Memory 261652 Kb
    Available Memory 944 Kb
    Page File Size 1835496 Kb
    Available Page File 1653336 Kb
    Virtual Memory 2093056 Kb
    Available Virtual Memory 1900864 Kb


    Hardware (Built Into System)
    Type Description Enabled
    Video AGP Yes
    Sound AUDIO Yes
    Sound AUDIO Yes
    Sound AUDIO Yes

    Hardware (Added On To System)
    Type Description Manufacturer


    Disks
    Drive Type Drive Size Total
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    Space User
    Available
    Space
    A:\ removable
    C:\ fixed 38168 Mb 32670 Mb 32670 Mb
    D:\ CD ROM 286 Mb 0 Mb 0 Mb

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    If ur Dell is a P3 500Mhz, then it almost certainly has an Intel BX chipset which is 2x AGP. However plenty of people run 4x AGP cards like Geforces in them, so you could probably take your pick. I don't know how the BX goes with Geforce4's tho, probably a good medium would be a GF3 Ti200?
    My Box:
    Intel Pentium 4 2.4C @ 2.7
    DFI 875P Lanparty
    512Mb Geil PC3500 Dual Channel (Cas 2-6-3-3 @450MHz DDR)
    Leadtek A280 Geforce4 4200 MyVIVO
    Audigy DE
    1 x 73Gb Seagate fibre channel 10krpm (boot drive) with LSI HBA
    1x80Gig Seagate Barracuda ATA V
    1x120Gig Western Digital 8mb cache
    Spiffy Antec Super Lanboy (LED fan and UV light)

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    I've run an original GeForce3 in a BX board, and it was OK..... I would imagine a GeForce4 Ti4200 would work OK? :?:

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    Another thing to consider would be the power supply that the system uses as if it was just enough to power that system then a high end video card may consume enough power to make the system unstable. Doesn't happen a lot but it does happen. :smokin:
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    Especially with brand name boxes as they tend to put really poxy PUS's in them.
    My Box:
    Intel Pentium 4 2.4C @ 2.7
    DFI 875P Lanparty
    512Mb Geil PC3500 Dual Channel (Cas 2-6-3-3 @450MHz DDR)
    Leadtek A280 Geforce4 4200 MyVIVO
    Audigy DE
    1 x 73Gb Seagate fibre channel 10krpm (boot drive) with LSI HBA
    1x80Gig Seagate Barracuda ATA V
    1x120Gig Western Digital 8mb cache
    Spiffy Antec Super Lanboy (LED fan and UV light)

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