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Cards for an AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+?

I was wondering if there are any good cards for this CPU and my motherboard model is 0A64H http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/hewlett-packard-0a64h-specs/ and I have 2 GBS of DDR2 memory (1.87 usable). I don't want a big card that will bottleneck my computer. I just want something not too expensive especially for an old computer like that. I am planning to upgrade to a better pc in the future (5 months) but for a meanwhile I just plan on using this thing for a little bit of gaming. The bugdet is whatever.
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  1. For a 2005 CPU, you're going to have to give more details about the motherboard because we can't assume you even have a PCIE slot. You may very well have an AGP slot, which complicates matters since I think the 2008 HD 4670 is the best GPU with an AGP option.

    Realistically, what are you trying to do with your PC? What is your budget? What are you trying to play? It's a tough recommendation to put any GPU into this PC because when it comes down to it, anything that it can effectively run won't be worth moving to your next PC (and if it's an AGP card, not even an option).

    [Oops, you wrote a longer post while I was answering, hold on]
  2. DSzymborski said:
    For a 2005 CPU, you're going to have to give more details about the motherboard because we can't assume you even have a PCIE slot. You may very well have an AGP slot, which complicates matters since I think the 2008 HD 4670 is the best GPU with an AGP option.

    Realistically, what are you trying to do with your PC? What is your budget? What are you trying to play? It's a tough recommendation to put any GPU into this PC because when it comes down to it, anything that it can effectively run won't be worth moving to your next PC (and if it's an AGP card, not even an option).

    [Oops, you wrote a longer post while I was answering, hold on]
    Updated it
  3. The good news is that you do have a PCI Express slot, which means that you can at least run something like a GT 730 or an HD 6670.
  4. DSzymborski said:
    The good news is that you do have a PCI Express slot, which means that you can at least run something like a GT 730 or an HD 6670.

    REALLY!? I was planning on buying that a couple of weeks ago but I thought it would bottleneck my computer. Are you sure my current hardware can keep up with that because my friend told me it wouldn't work.
  5. Those cards he suggested are fine you really don't want to get anything older just not worth it if you can make sure that GT 730 is the GDDR5 1GB card. I would get the GT 730 over the 6670 only because you can get that card for under $60 us, the 6670 still a bit pricey.
  6. ikaz said:
    Those cards he suggested are fine you really don't want to get anything older just not worth it if you can make sure that GT 730 is the GDDR5 1GB card. I would get the GT 730 over the 6670 only because you can get that card for under $60 us, the 6670 still a bit pricey.

    Can I get the 64 bit 2 gb version or is it recommended to get the 1 gb?
  7. ISUCKATLIFE said:
    DSzymborski said:
    The good news is that you do have a PCI Express slot, which means that you can at least run something like a GT 730 or an HD 6670.

    REALLY!? I was planning on buying that a couple of weeks ago but I thought it would bottleneck my computer. Are you sure my current hardware can keep up with that because my friend told me it wouldn't work.


    You might not be able to use all the GT 730's power, but at the low part of the market, the performance doesn't really scale well to price. You might pay $30-$45 for a very old GPU that's a fraction the power of a 730. And if you're on a budget, you can stick the GT 730 in your next PC while you save up more.

    Either the 1 GB or 2 GB is fine (depends on what's a good price) but make sure it's the GDDR5 version of the card and low-profile. You won't get much of a gain from 2 GB, simply because the GPU's not fast enough (nor is your PC) to take good advantage of that much VRAM.
  8. DSzymborski said:
    ISUCKATLIFE said:
    DSzymborski said:
    The good news is that you do have a PCI Express slot, which means that you can at least run something like a GT 730 or an HD 6670.

    REALLY!? I was planning on buying that a couple of weeks ago but I thought it would bottleneck my computer. Are you sure my current hardware can keep up with that because my friend told me it wouldn't work.


    You might not be able to use all the GT 730's power, but at the low part of the market, the performance doesn't really scale well to price. You might pay $30-$45 for a very old GPU that's a fraction the power of a 730. And if you're on a budget, you can stick the GT 730 in your next PC while you save up more.

    Either the 1 GB or 2 GB is fine (depends on what's a good price) but make sure it's the GDDR5 version of the card and low-profile. You won't get much of a gain from 2 GB, simply because the GPU's not fast enough (nor is your PC) to take good advantage of that much VRAM.

    So should I upgrade my CPU first?
  9. ISUCKATLIFE said:
    DSzymborski said:
    ISUCKATLIFE said:
    DSzymborski said:
    The good news is that you do have a PCI Express slot, which means that you can at least run something like a GT 730 or an HD 6670.

    REALLY!? I was planning on buying that a couple of weeks ago but I thought it would bottleneck my computer. Are you sure my current hardware can keep up with that because my friend told me it wouldn't work.


    You might not be able to use all the GT 730's power, but at the low part of the market, the performance doesn't really scale well to price. You might pay $30-$45 for a very old GPU that's a fraction the power of a 730. And if you're on a budget, you can stick the GT 730 in your next PC while you save up more.

    Either the 1 GB or 2 GB is fine (depends on what's a good price) but make sure it's the GDDR5 version of the card and low-profile. You won't get much of a gain from 2 GB, simply because the GPU's not fast enough (nor is your PC) to take good advantage of that much VRAM.

    So should I upgrade my CPU first?


    Depends what you're using your PC for. Just think of the 730 as a stopgap. You would no doubt benefit from a motherboard/CPU upgrade across the board - it's just a very old platform at this point.
  10. DSzymborski said:
    ISUCKATLIFE said:
    DSzymborski said:
    ISUCKATLIFE said:
    DSzymborski said:
    The good news is that you do have a PCI Express slot, which means that you can at least run something like a GT 730 or an HD 6670.

    REALLY!? I was planning on buying that a couple of weeks ago but I thought it would bottleneck my computer. Are you sure my current hardware can keep up with that because my friend told me it wouldn't work.


    You might not be able to use all the GT 730's power, but at the low part of the market, the performance doesn't really scale well to price. You might pay $30-$45 for a very old GPU that's a fraction the power of a 730. And if you're on a budget, you can stick the GT 730 in your next PC while you save up more.

    Either the 1 GB or 2 GB is fine (depends on what's a good price) but make sure it's the GDDR5 version of the card and low-profile. You won't get much of a gain from 2 GB, simply because the GPU's not fast enough (nor is your PC) to take good advantage of that much VRAM.

    So should I upgrade my CPU first?


    Depends what you're using your PC for. Just think of the 730 as a stopgap. You would no doubt benefit from a motherboard/CPU upgrade across the board - it's just a very old platform at this point.

    So technically I can't do anything?
  11. Well again I would just go on the cheap and get the GT 730 1 gb GDDr5 card (2 gig will not be used) you *could* try to get another 2GB of DDR2 ram so you have a total of 4Gb. Otherwise its really better to just buy/build a new PC not sure what your time frame is for that but you could probably game decent with 4GB system ram and the Gt 730 at with games from circa 2009 and earlier. You could also play some new bliz games like diablo, starcraft, ect as the scale well to old hardware. Personally I would wouldn't spend more than $100 assuming you have to wait 6 months to build machine.
  12. I had a very similar system. I was looking for a video card upgrade. The 5770 (at the time) was the highest video card that the CPU could feed. Anything better would not see higher frames. So these guys are right on with the 6670 or GTX 730. Since PCI-E is backwards compatible can't you just buy whatever card you are going to buy in 5 months for the new system? You won't get the full benefit but can just put it in your new system in 5 months. Anyone know?
  13. Best answer
    well yes he could but in a few month a generation of cards are coming so it best to wait before spending a lot on a new card not to mention he may have to upgrade his PSU to support a stronger card.
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