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AGP card recommendation for Dell Dimension 8250

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July 21, 2007 6:52:35 PM

Hi
Older Dell with 250W PS
Pentium 4
2.53GHZ Processor
768 MB PC1066 RDRAM

I need a new card to hold me over for 6-12 months until I rebuild from scratch.
Mostly for gaming and Media.
I have a Radeon 9700 Pro and the MB supports only 4x AGP
What is a card that will take advantage of this "ancient" model. I prefer to pay under 130 and would like to avoid paying for a new Power Supply.

Thanks in advance

July 21, 2007 7:03:21 PM

This is as close as you're going to get:

XFX PVT73AUDF3 GeForce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And even though the 7600GT have extremely modest power needs, you might have to consider changing PSUs at least to an antec earthwatts or smartpower 2.0. Only god and dell know what kind of crap that some people may consider to be PSUs they put in their computers.
a b U Graphics card
July 21, 2007 8:39:19 PM

It's a good reccomendation since the 7600 GT uses less power than the 9700 Pro.
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July 21, 2007 10:23:02 PM

Excellent thanks. Very surprised about the power usage.
Any suggestions for an extra cheap card (80$ or less) as well that may be adequate or should is the 7600GT that much better that it will be worth it?
July 21, 2007 11:18:28 PM

i have the xfx 7600gt and it runs like a champ! i play bf-2142 and can play on medium settings solid with no AA on. only probs i have are playing on a titan server with 64 man max. so this is what i have to base this on if you are familiar with bf-2142.
a b U Graphics card
July 22, 2007 12:37:07 AM

blb2397 said:
Excellent thanks. Very surprised about the power usage.
Any suggestions for an extra cheap card (80$ or less) as well that may be adequate or should is the 7600GT that much better that it will be worth it?


$90 after rebate and Google checkout
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=203246892&Sea... riceGrabber&SearchTerm=203246892&Type=PE&Category=Comp&dcaid=158 90

July 23, 2007 12:53:38 AM

Whatever you do, don't get a eVGA. Their cards are garbage.
July 23, 2007 1:50:39 AM

Canuck1, what are you talking about? EVGA is regarded as one of the best brands of gfx cards and motherboards alike. In the end the brand doenst matter much at all, as long at they cover their cards the brand means nothing. They all take the same reference card specs from Nvidia/amd so as far as the physical card itself there isnt a difference at all.

I recommend you re-evaluate your stances before you spread crap in the forums Canuck1.
July 23, 2007 3:12:38 AM

Canuck1 said:
Whatever you do, don't get a eVGA. Their cards are garbage.


oh please... and what do you recommend? Sparkle? Gainward? or maybe Leadtek :S

Yeah talking about manufacturers that don't honor their warranties... Just remember to REGISTER your eVGA product on their website, which is clearly stated in the box and their manual.
July 23, 2007 5:32:31 AM

Nice ckuck1 you just made an embarasement of yourself if your talking about buying an turbo cache card on a low ram machine that might explain why evga cards are garbage.
Evga is one of the best, but emp let's not put gainward into that bunch they really don't deserve it.
July 23, 2007 6:01:06 AM

Canuck1 said:
Whatever you do, don't get a eVGA. Their cards are garbage.


All manufacturers are going to have some duds. What matters is warranty and service.

My eVGA 8800GTS SC completely bit the dust two weeks ago- no machine I tried would even post with it installed. I did the RMA process online. They received my dead card last Monday and shipped the replacement card Tuesday. That's great service.
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