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Video Card Upgrade Considerations


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ZiaMan

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Recently had Radeon X800 GTO video card fail at 1 year and 3 weeks. Would like to replace with smart choice based on limits of PC mb, cpu, etc..
Current PC specs (Compaq Presario S4300NX):
*Intel P4, 2400 Mhz HT (Northwood)
* MBO - Asus P4SD-LA
*Chipset - Intel Springdale-G i865G
* 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM) (Corsair XMS, 2 x 512 Mb, 184-pin)
* 4x/8x AGP
* Thermaltake Silent Purepower ATX 420W

Know that this PC is esentially old and limited but must keep for time being. Can I go to higher level card that ATI X800GTO and still take advantage of card capabilites based on limits of PC? Would I be throwing money away (ignoring AGP vs PCI-Express arguments) by going to ATI 1650 XT, ATI X1950 PRO, etc. because of PC CPU or other bottlenecks? Was the ATI X800GTO bottlenecked by PC?

Thanks for any feedback.
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hudihoo

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given your cpu and ram i would recomend going with an nvidia 6600 6800 card. a midrange 7series would be slowed by cpu. I don't know much about ati but x1xxx series is way to expensive and quality for your system.
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ZiaMan

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hudihoo,
Thanks for the recommendation. Will check those out.
Where can I learn detail about video card specs relative to needed CPU power required? Does this get reviewed by sites when video cards first come out?
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