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video upgrade or conflict?

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With the hope of sqeezing perhaps another year of use out of my 3 1/2 year old Dell Dimension 8300, I bought and installed a EVGA GeForce 7300 GT (512 MB AVG model). However, after doing so, I now have stuttering/herky-jerky issues when playing online games of Madden08. My former vid card was a GeForce FX5200 (128 MB), and handled the games flawlessly. I've tried the drivers that came with the new card, and updated ones from both the Nvidia and EVGA sites, but with none working better than the other.

My pc specs:
Dell Dimension 8300
Pentium 4 w/ HT technology
3 GHz w/ 800MHz FSB
XP Home (SP2)

Also, even though the new card meets the minimum requirements for COD4, it seems unable to handle it, even using the lowest resolution settings. Is it possible that my pc's DDR memory and video card's DDR2 memory is clashing, causing the stuttering problems?

Any and all insight is appreciated...
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Card's too fast for the rest of the system. None of the rest of it can keep up.
A jump from an FX5200 card to a 7300GT is a very big one and should ideally be accompanied by appropriate upgrades in the rest of the system.
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