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As you know in the previous thread, my video card fan is slowly dying. I am just going to upgrade my video card. So, whats the best card for the money. I have an AGP, no pci express. Im running AMD 2.1 ghz, 1 gig ddr ram. I currently have ATI Radeon 9000. What would be the best for me? Not to expensive..Want to keep it around 120ish...
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Neil Jones

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Depends on the rest of the system.
There's no point putting a decent graphics card in a computer that's five years old because you will not see any increase in performance whatsoever.

What are the rest of your system specifications please?
If you aren't sure, please download Everest: http://www.majorgeek...wnload4181.html and it will tell you everything you need to know and a lot more about the system.
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Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Quick Report
Computer CU-9BM4O2N6LGLJ
Generator CR User
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2008-04-07
Time 02:08


--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Computer:
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name CU-9BM4O2N6LGLJ
User Name CR User

Motherboard:
CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 1733 MHz (13 x 133) 2100+
Motherboard Name MSI KT4V (MS-6712) (6 PCI, 1 AGP, 3 DIMM, Audio)
Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8377 Apollo KT400
System Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (12/03/02)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
Communication Port RIM Virtual Serial Port v2 (COM5)
Communication Port RIM Virtual Serial Port v2 (COM6)
Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

Display:
Video Adapter RADEON 9000 SERIES - Secondary (64 MB)
Video Adapter RADEON 9000 SERIES (64 MB)
3D Accelerator ATI Radeon 9000 (RV250)
Monitor Plug and Play Monitor [NoDB] (14498936)

Multimedia:
Audio Adapter Creative Audigy LS Audio Processor

Storage:
IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
Disk Drive SAMSUNG SP6003H (60 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Disk Drive WDC WD800BB-00CAA1 (74 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive JLMS XJ-HD166S (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
Optical Drive TDK DVDRW420N (DVD:4x/2.4x/12x, CD:16x/10x/40x DVD+RW)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

Partitions:
C: (NTFS) 57262 MB (4635 MB free)
F: (NTFS) 76316 MB (3852 MB free)
Total Size 133578 MB (8487 MB free)

Input:
Keyboard Easy Internet Keyboard
Mouse Logitech-compatible Mouse PS/2

Network:
Network Adapter Linksys Wireless-G PCI Network Adapter with SpeedBooster (192.168.1.100)
Network Adapter VIA Compatable Fast Ethernet Adapter
Modem Standard Modem

Peripherals:
Printer hp psc 1200 series
Printer Lexmark Z42-Z43 Color Jetprinter
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
USB2 Controller VIA USB 2.0 Enhanced Host Controller
USB Device Logitech Microphone (Pro 3000)
USB Device Logitech QuickCam Pro 3000
USB Device Logitech USB Camera (Pro 3000)
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Realistically the Radeon 9000 is about on a par performance wise with the rest of the hardware. Putting a better card in will negate its effects because it'll spend all day waiting for the rest of the system to catch up. The BIOS itself is dated 2002 so the computer is best part of six years old. In all actuality its going to only be worth 20% of what you originally paid for it, if that if you were to flog it on eBay. Personally I'd save the money and put it towards a new system.
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Well what if I just got another AGP card but 256mb graphic card rather then the 64 which is what the Radeon is..
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The amount of memory on the card is not the point.
Current generation video cards are very sophisticated, very fast and very powerful. In context to that, with the greatest of respect, your computer is basic, old and slow. To get the best performance out of a computer, the hardware really should be all of the same generation.

Please don't get me wrong, its your computer and if you want to put a all singing and dancing card in it, that's up to you. However I personally would not recommend it because the rest of the computer will not be able to keep up with it, and I would really hate to have to come back in on your follow-up topic/post with the words "I told you so".

Edited by Neil Jones, 08 April 2008 - 05:18 PM.

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The amount of memory on the card is not the point.
Current generation video cards are very sophisticated, very fast and very powerful. In context to that, with the greatest of respect, your computer is basic, old and slow. To get the best performance out of a computer, the hardware really should be all of the same generation.

Please don't get me wrong, its your computer and if you want to put a all singing and dancing card in it, that's up to you. However I personally would not recommend it because the rest of the computer will not be able to keep up with it, and I would really hate to have to come back in on your follow-up topic/post with the words "I told you so".


HAHAH i totally understand where you are coming from. I agree with you, I know my PC is old. I got it when it was the best, back when I was in college. I was just wondering if the 256 AGP card would help me. Looks like Im gonna be getting a new PC soon. haha. Now, can I get a decent pc for around 700??
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Depends entirely what you mean by decent and what you want to do with it.
Unfortunately I don't work in US dollars so I'm not going to be any good on pricing.
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