What Upgrade?? Little help for a newb

First off, thanks in advance. I am not the most educated person when it comes to computers. I like to turn it on, get on-line, and play games. So I bought 3 years ago, a system from ABS, AMD FX-61. I just upgraded the out of print registered memory from 1 gig to 2, and now I am looking to upgrade the 9800XT.

This is what the ABS forum mod reccommended:

"" This motherboard "ASUS SK8N NFORCE3" has 1 x AGP 8X -5x PCI slot, the best video card option is "RADEON X1950PRO" with AGP 8x interface. ""

Is this the best advice out there? Is he steering me towards something I will need or don't need?

Thanks again:
John
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  1. If you want to play the newest and most demanding titles, yes, the X1950 PRO agp is the best card you can buy for your system.
  2. If you have an FX-51 and 2GB of RAM on an NF3 mobo, yeah the X1950 pro is the best AGP card available...the best you can do on your motherboard. Be sure to have a beefy power supply as ATI recommends a 450W with 12v rail(s) rated at 30 amps. Check the label on your power supply for the details. The X1650XT isn't a bad performer either, cost less, and uses less power. While not a X1950 pro, it is still a huge leap over a 9800XT and is basically tied for the second best (7600GT, 7800GS, X850XT) in AGP that we can buy in North America, with the other cards costing quite a bit more money now.
  3. argh, ya beat me. :D
  4. That's OK, I chinced out. You had more quality info. :)
  5. Yes, the X1950Pro is the fastest agp card available, just be sure your Power supply can handle it (probably 450W or more would be best).

    Edit: man, paul beat me to it :cry: :lol:
  6. Sheesh, read before you post. :roll:

    Just Kidding. :lol:
  7. Aah, man thx; you're too kind. Now I can still hold my head high.


    But at least I was a close second instead of a distant third. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :P
  8. Here are my system specs straight from the ABS web site, let me know what everyone thinks:

    CASE MOD|COLDCT D0013 (GREEN)TT RT
    1

    ACCES: STICKER AMD Width 5" silver
    1

    CASE ANTEC|PLUSVIEW 1000AMG LE RET
    1

    ACCES FAN|8CMX25 TLF-R82-EG LED RT
    4

    CABLE HD|IDEATA133 18"3H GREEN RT
    1

    CABLE HD|COOLMAX SATA 18" 2H GRN%
    2

    MB ASUS SK8N NFORCE3 PRO150 RETAIL
    1

    VGA ATI|RADEON 9800XT 256M 8X RTL
    1

    POWER SUPPLY ANTEC TRUE480 ATX RTL
    1

    MOUSE PAD|8" X 9" X 6MM ABS (BLUE)
    1

    CPU AMD 64 |FX-51 ATHLON 64%
    1

    DDRAM 1GB TwinX1024RE-3200LLPT RT
    1

    FD 1.44MB|MITSUMI D359M3D BLACK %
    1

    HD 120GB|SEAGAT ST3120026AS SATA %
    2

    KB&MS MS|MM WHL OPTICAL VALUE PACK%
    1

    MNTR SMSNG|19" CRT 955DF-T/T 2-TON
    1

    HEADSET PLANTRONICS .AUDIO 60 OEM
    1

    CDRW LITEON|52X32X52X LTR-52327S BK
    1

    DVD|LITE ON 16X XJ-HD166/165H BK%
    1

    S/W MCAFEE|VirusScan 7 1YR BUNDLE%
    1

    S/W INFOGRAMES|UNREAL TOURNMNT 2003
    1

    S/W NVIDIA NVDVD 2.0 RETAIL
    1

    CPUFAN COOLERMASTER K8 SK8-7I53A RT
    1

    S/W MS|WORKS 7.0 OEM BUNDLEVERSION%
    1

    S/W MS|WIN XP HOME SP1a BNDLE ONLY*
    1

    2NET 1YR ONSITE SV 888 983 9988
    1

    Ultimate M6
    1

    adjustment
    1


    Subtotal

    $ 2,767.99
    Tax

    $ .00
    Shipping and Handling charge

    $ .00
    Total

    $ 2,767.9
  9. The original Truepower 480W has a single 28 amp 12v rail. I'd personally think you are fine for any AGP card, even with an aging PSU and your dual optical drives.

    Funny, I have a HIS iceQ X1650XT and it also recommends a 450W PSU with 30 amp 12v rail. They assume a loaded system, but even so it seems high for a X1650XT. Anyway, mine has been completetly stable on an Antec smartpower 400W with just a single 20 amp 12 volt rail. Granted I am running just 1 hard drive, and one optical drive on a 2.2GHz Athlon XP. Anyway, just my opinion, but I think you have adequate power.
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