I have been looking locally for a used video card as it seems like there are lots for sale. The one thing I'm noticing in these ads is that all of the video cards listed for sale require PCI Express slots. I have an old Pentium 4, 1.8GHz 512MB/533MHz with 2 GB's of RAM with 6 empty PCI slots (no PCI Express). I'm using this PC as a means to become more knowledgeable about hardware upgrades and such. So with all the empty PCI slots and 1 AGP slot, there's room to grow.
I guess PCI Express is the latest/greatest for video cards, but being that mine are PCI slots, can anyone recommend a good gaming video card? Also, do they still sell video cards for PCI slots, or has that gone the way of the dinosaur? I'm totally a rookie when it comes to video cards, is it wise to purchase a used one locally or can I find a good one for under $50.00 brand new? I'm seeing quite a few used video cards for sale for about $15.00-$25.00. I see a lot of ads for Radeon and GeForce video cards, are they the most popular brands?
What are the important specifications to look for in a video card that would support gaming, movie/video watching, etc.?
Also, I've heard it's important to have a power supply unit that's 400 watts. Mine is 300 Watts. Should I look to upgrade that as well?
P.S. just to provide an example...I've found a used ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 256 AGP Video Card for $30.00. Would that be a good choice?
Edited by konakula29er, 07 January 2009 - 12:46 AM.