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??old pci vid card ?? still helpful in older system???

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August 4, 2006 4:23:24 AM

Hi all,
I want to set up a old compaq evo as a bit torent box for old tv shows
specs are
p4 2.0 northy(400 fsb)
768 pc 2100
old wd 60 gig hd
MB has 3 pci and 1 4x agp

I have a old radion 7000 pci 32 megs vga//dvi//s-vid/ out would this do the job or should i buy a 4x agp card?and if so ,I cant remember whats better for back then ati or n vidia?
August 4, 2006 4:34:40 AM

What do you need a videocard for? You should be good with what you have. Are you just downloading the torrents, or are you recording them? If so you need a tuner card, which both nvidia and ati offer in the AIW series
August 4, 2006 5:09:47 AM

If you're going to be recording the shows on that box and then seeding them, get a Happauge WinTV-PVR 150. If your board has SATA ports on it (I don't know if it does since you didn't post the brand and model number), get a Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATA2.

If you're simply going to be seeding tv show torrents from that box, you can ignore everything I have just said. For just seeding, it will be fine as is.
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August 4, 2006 5:14:12 AM

I ran a Radeon X850Xt in a AGP4x board for two months and it worked fine - not full speed, but pretty close to it.(then I upgraded)
August 4, 2006 6:06:57 AM

PCI cards are little goldmines. Just buy a cheap but good AGP card like a 6600 (assuming you are not using this PC for games, because lets face it, even a 6600 is overkill coupled with a 2.0ghz cpu) then shove the PCI card in there along with it. Nothing makes your PC feel more manly and useful than having 4 monitors. Also, if you're encoding shows, seeding torrents and such, having more desktop room makes everything alot easier.

But hey, thats just the way i look at old pc's :D  . Once you've got one monitor, you want two. Once you have two, you crave for three. The only logical step is adding a fourth. There may be cheaper ways to heat rooms, but very few of them look as good as having a cluster of displays.
August 5, 2006 2:34:36 AM

LOL
i should have been more detailed,
its compaq evo d 510 convet tower(only thing is PS is 280 watt),and I will only be seeding and waching old tv shows(so if i get vhs quality ill b happy) no burning but my 30"wide screen has a extra s vid input i got a 25' s-video cable as well as auido to wach the shows.
Why would i need this?? Happauge WinTV-PVR 150. The HD i understand wont go that big however prolly bout 150 or so will do me.
August 5, 2006 3:23:05 AM

Quote:
LOL
i should have been more detailed,
its compaq evo d 510 convet tower(only thing is PS is 280 watt),and I will only be seeding and waching old tv shows(so if i get vhs quality ill b happy) no burning but my 30"wide screen has a extra s vid input i got a 25' s-video cable as well as auido to wach the shows.
Why would i need this?? Happauge WinTV-PVR 150. The HD i understand wont go that big however prolly bout 150 or so will do me.



the pci card will be fine
August 5, 2006 3:37:53 AM

kool but now i think i need a MB and due to pure stupidity on my part,I just tried 2 diff HD's nothing
***mental note DO not try to drink and work on a pc*** gulp spilled beer bad Verry badd....found this i might try for cheep fix

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...

i might as well just re-build from scratch and re use the p4,and ram,and,vid card __60 gig is fubar___
my 2 40 gigs. (1 wd 40 gig and 1 40 gig segate) both with win xp on them
August 5, 2006 3:44:54 AM

Quote:
kool but now i think i need a MB and due to pure stupidity on my part,I just tried 2 diff HD's nothing
***mental note DO not try to drink and work on a pc*** gulp spilled beer bad Verry badd....found this i might try for cheep fix

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...


Holy sh!t; that's the cheapest motherboard I've ever seen.
August 5, 2006 3:47:29 AM

I've done some upgrades while having a drink. The trick is to keep the beer AWAY from the system. Try it next time and I bet you'll be fine.
August 5, 2006 3:59:39 AM

lol
but my pc was thirsty// at least my pc has taste
8) molson xxx :roll:
lol
i think that MB and tower will work,Thank god i have 2 other PC's
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