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Do I need a newer video card?

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August 16, 2006 8:11:48 PM

I use my Windows XP PC primarrily for pro audio applications, a little photoshop, along with the usual email, music, movies, etc. I don't play games or use any 3D or visually intensive software or even use a second monitor. Is there any benefit to upgrading my humble NVIDIA RIVA TNT2 Model 64 card (32 Meg)?

I'm in the process of upgrading my PC . Here's what the rest of the system will look like : ASUS A8V Mobo, AMD X2 4400, 2 Gig DDR400 RAM, various sound card and audio DSP PCI cards..

Any advice would be appreicated!

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August 16, 2006 8:26:04 PM

Yes, you need a newer card... beacuse your old video card is AGP and your new motherboard is PCI express. :) 

But the TNT would probably have done the job for you otherwise.

If you don't play games, the cheapest card will serve you well. Look for the cheapest ~$50 video card you can find, make sure it's an Ati or Geforce because they have the best drivers.
August 16, 2006 9:04:42 PM

Thanks for the reply. Actually the A8V uses PCI/AGP (legacy support was a big factor in choosing this Mobo) so I can keep my old card. Nice to know it is still sufficient for my needs.
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August 16, 2006 9:50:12 PM

ASUS A8V has 1 x AGP8X/4X (1.5V only). Make sure that your video card uses 1.5V since it is and older AGP 2X/4X card. It is 7 years old. I do not remember when 1.5V became standard.
August 17, 2006 7:22:27 AM

Hey Slava, thanks for the heads up on the voltage issue. I did a quick Google search and my card is indeed 3.3V. Who knows how much hair I would have pulled out trying to figure out that problem had I not known that in advance?
August 17, 2006 2:38:42 PM

Slava's the man!
Nice catch.
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