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agp 4x / 8x

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wanting to upgrade my video card for cheapest possible so looking at options to play somewhat current games but here is what i have

dell 4400
1.70 ghz, 512 ram
windows xp
currently have a geforce 2 mx
agp 4x

1) can i use a 8x card on the 4x slot???
2) was considering -- 128MB PNY Verto GeForce 6600 GT DVI VGA HDTV -Out AGP 8x VCG6600GAPB -- but what is the difference on 256 mb and 128 mb for this card??

also any good video card suggestions for under $100

thanks in advance

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AGP 8X cards run with 0.8 volts while 4X cards run at 1.5 volts. Most 8x video cards will run at the 4X speed. Perhaps a good X800 card like this.


Or a Geforce 7600 card like this


Now these are not top of the line because the top cards cost $300 or so. These are just good cards that will work. The more memory built into the card the better it plays the games. While i install lesser video cards in computers for people all the gamers i know will not use lesser cards than the two above. Most think nothing of buying a video card costing almost as much at the computer.

If you are thinking about getting Microsoft Vista and having DX10 you will need a new card anyway. These will tide you over until you are ready for DX10. In truth you computer is a bit dated so i would not put any real money into it. If you waited until Vista comes out and then build yourself a computer around it you would get the most bang for your buck.

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