I've been going through a fiasco trying to find the perfect AGP graphics card for my system. As I do alot of gaming and watch DvDs. I realize after reading many articles and posts that by buying top of the line i may not get to use the cards full potential. One card I fell in love with was the Gainward 7800GS+ AGP w/512mb. I can buy this card for about $260. I feel it may not be able to reach it full potential on my setup. I should be investing in a newer system but, I have upgraded this unit to just about its full potential. All I need is a nice graphics card and probably a new power supply. Point blank... I want the best card that my system can use at its full potential.
I would appreciate any opinions & answers you can give me.
MotherBoard: ASUS P4B266-LA "Danube" OEM Chipset Name: Intel 845 (Brookdale)
-North Bridge: I845 MCH (B0-Stepping)
-South Bridge: ICH2 (C0-Stepping) FSB: 400 MHz Socket: mPGA478 Memory: 2GB DDR PC2100 (2 x 1gb) Graphics Connector: AGP 4x
I didn't have any specs on my power supply but I know it only pushes 200 watts.
Quick reply... Ive been lookin at cards out of my league. The games I wish to play are Age Of Empire 3, World of Warcraft & Command and Conquer 3. I wander if the 800XL would be sufficient to run these games in the Highest settings possible?
I think your power supply is something like this FSP200-60SPV which only sports +12v@10A at max.
If that is the case this FSP300-60GLS 300W would be a great replacement and give you +12v dual-rail goodness for a decent card like these x1650pro / 7600gs cards should be a decent match for your setup with the 300w PSU, your +12v demand will be around ~13A with x1650pro and less than 12A with the 7600gs.
Your probably going to need a new power supply, with a 1650 pro or 7600, a P4 on a 200w powersupply you looking for a disaster.
Also that 300w PSU is down right awful, having a 60mm fan it'll probably be very loud not to mention that you won't be running SLI or xfire on that thing so whats the use of having two rails. On of which has only 8A.
Your probably going to need to buy a PSU, I'd recommend buying a 600w+ one so that it'll serve you well when you do upgrade.
An X800 XL can handle WoW with ease. Command & Conquer and AOE3 might be a bit harder on it, but an X800 XL won't hold it back any more than your 2.4 Ghz P4 will, I reckon.
Yeah I totally agree with that. X1650XT or 7600GT max. The CPU is barely above minimum spec (2.0GHz) for C&C 3, and minimum spec GPU is a R8500 or GF4Ti. Matter of fact, some review sites have stated recomended system is a Dual core CPU with a 7600GT or X1650XT so these cards surely won't be the bottleneck in his case. Even the 7600GS would be good if priced right.
He has a 200w PSU. I dont think an X800 will like that.
X800XL sips power compared to other 800s, rememebr it's 110nm, doesn't need an extra power cable for PCIe (I know it will for this AGP, but just an idea of power load) and able to be cooled with passive cooling even. It should be a fine fit like Cleeve says, the max I'd go for in the X800 realm, and likely similar to the GF7600GT in power needs, and less than the X1650XT.
Im not very knowledgeable at all when it comes to power supplys...
Im getting the vibe that I should use a single rail power supply with over 400w @ 12A or over....
Any other suggestions to a good quality power supply that won't put me in the hole on cash?
I assumed you have an HP Pavilion w/ a 200w mATX power supply so it will be difficult to get a 400w replacement. I mentioned a good dual-rail 300w unit in my previous post, it is probably the best you can do and will trump other brand (like Athena) that claims 400w and 450w in mATX sizes.