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Can someone tell me the best nvidia card i can install for gaming for an hp pavilion a430n

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October 2, 2013 11:21:25 AM

Can someone tell me the best nvidia card i can install for gaming for an hp pavilion a430n, Motherboard ASUS A7N8X-LA, AMD Athlon(B) XP 3200+ running at 2.20 GHz, PC2700 DDR SDRAM DIMMs-512 right now upgrading to 2g, AGP8X slot, os xp sp3. will upgrade power supply as needed. first goal is to achieve pixel shader 2.0 or higher. thank you for any help
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October 2, 2013 11:30:44 AM

GT 640 would be about the strongest Nvidia card the CPU can handle.

Is there a reason you want Nvidia? AMD's 6670 would be a much better deal (as powerful as 640 and it's cheaper).
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October 2, 2013 11:34:34 AM

With an AGP slot and hardware that old you are extremely limited. The best AGP cards were the AMD 4650 and 4670 if I remember correctly. The interface is so obsolete there are very few cards even left on the market.

Newegg only has 13 AGP cards overall.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

You might try ebay or craigslist.

I would really save the money for an entire system upgrade.
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October 2, 2013 12:06:34 PM

quilciri said:
GT 640 would be about the strongest Nvidia card the CPU can handle.

Is there a reason you want Nvidia? AMD's 6670 would be a much better deal (as powerful as 640 and it's cheaper).


anort3 said:
With an AGP slot and hardware that old you are extremely limited. The best AGP cards were the AMD 4650 and 4670 if I remember correctly. The interface is so obsolete there are very few cards even left on the market.

Newegg only has 13 AGP cards overall.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

You might try ebay or craigslist.

I would really save the money for an entire system upgrade.


Thank you, both posts extremely helpful. Noob question...when card specifies ddr or ddr2 ect. does this apply to system ram or is this a ram built into the card?

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October 2, 2013 12:37:08 PM
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That is VRAM or the video ram built into the card.

The other poster above did not factor AGP into his GT 640 / HD 6670 recommendations. Neither card is available in AGP.

Not a single card newegg has in AGP is suitable for gaming. The HD 4350 is the best of the bunch and is probably fine for Flash type, browser based games but don't expect much 3d performance from it. Games older than 2004 will run pretty well. The 4350 is actually very comparable with the integrated 6310 graphics in my cheap laptop. It can handle Civ IV and Morrowind decently. I have 4GB of RAM in my laptop though.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
October 2, 2013 12:54:49 PM

anort3 said:
That is VRAM or the video ram built into the card.

The other poster above did not factor AGP into his GT 640 / HD 6670 recommendations. Neither card is available in AGP.

Not a single card newegg has in AGP is suitable for gaming. The HD 4350 is the best of the bunch and is probably fine for Flash type, browser based games but don't expect much 3d performance from it. Games older than 2004 will run pretty well. The 4350 is actually very comparable with the integrated 6310 graphics in my cheap laptop. It can handle Civ IV and Morrowind decently. I have 4GB of RAM in my laptop though.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...


Ok, so doesnt matter if card name includes ddr2 if my mobo uses ddr.
Morrowind is one of the games im trying to run better. Surprisingly my eForce4 MX 440 runs morrowind and 30+ mods including hi res textures overhaul pretty well without shadows and water reflection turned on but I would like to try mge xe which requires pixel shader 3.0 i think, and I know alot of games around 2005 and up require ps 2.0.
Thanks again for your help.
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October 3, 2013 6:08:49 AM

anort3 said:
With an AGP slot and hardware that old you are extremely limited.


*facepalm*. Good catch. I blame low caffeine levels on missing that.
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