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PSU requirement for FX5500 4x AGP

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July 21, 2007 7:03:54 AM

Is 250w 10a enough? It's for my circa 2001 old system I gave my mother. It has a 7000ve 32mb in it at the moment. P4 1.7 Just for email, websurfing, and those Microsoft card games that are on XP. Thanks

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July 21, 2007 12:15:33 PM

Well you should better get her an 9550 or 9600pro those are allot better and at the same money.
July 21, 2007 7:07:48 PM

kpo6969 said:
Is 250w 10a enough? It's for my circa 2001 old system I gave my mother. It has a 7000ve 32mb in it at the moment. P4 1.7 Just for email, websurfing, and those Microsoft card games that are on XP. Thanks


Two things: You could get a Sapphire X1650 Pro for about $85 which would be far and away better than the FX5500. Unless you're getting the FX5500 very cheap or for free, then the X1650 is by far the better deal.

Next, though the 250wt psu might power the card, its old enough that it probably is breaking down and not delivering its full power anymore. It would be best to spring for a good 300-350 wt psu and then not worry about the psu for many years.
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July 21, 2007 8:25:32 PM

You will probably be fine. Depends on the quality of the PSU.
But that sould be a fine comp for surfing and email.

You dont need and 8800GTX+quadcore to run minesweeper and solitair.

How much ram do you have?
I would suggest a minimum of 256mb.

I wouldnt even put a new card in there unless the ramdac on this one is really bad and you have some bad picture on your monitor.
Your mother wont be playing any 3d games, right?
July 22, 2007 6:58:08 AM

No, email and card games usually. Anyway the 5500 is on sale for $35 after rebate, 4x AGP, 256mb, 128bit interface. Besides the card I'm adding 2x512mb DDR to replace the 512mb SDRAM stick in it now for $50.00 It's worth $100.00 to fix it up for her since I paid $1200 in 2001 to have it built. To show you what $1200 got in 2001: P4 1.7Ghz, 512mb SDRAM, 40GB HD, CD-R/CD-RW, DVD-ROM, floppy, 32mb Radeon 7000ve AGP 4x, Soundblaster-Live, 17" CRT.
July 22, 2007 8:33:05 AM

If it's only for internet, email and card games than you could just stick with 512mb of ram. A new video card wont improve any performance for those things but could get you better image quality on your screen (only if you got a good screen).
Can the mobo take the DDR memory? cos it's running on SDRAM?

I personaly wouldnt invest any more money into that machine.
If it's really important you could upgrade to 1 gig of ram.
July 22, 2007 10:02:18 AM

I would personally not touch that computer. When was the last time it had windows reinstalled. Personally if it hasnt back up her data and wipe the hardrive and reinstall windows and let it be how it is. If she isnt gaming personally I think you are waisting your money even considering putting a different video card in.
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