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Old Dell PC worth upgrading???

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January 16, 2008 7:01:55 PM

Hi all,

I'm new to the board here. I have a question regarding my current setup. For my media center PC, I have an old Dell Optiplex P4 1.7 GHz with 768MB ram and horrible on-board video (16 MB ATI Rage 128). Is it worth it to try to upgrade my video card, or would i be better off trying to start with a new pc from scratch? I use the PC mainly for web-browsing, mp3 playback, and some light gaming, but I have noticed that this setup is very limited with most games. If it is worth upgrading the video card, does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks

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January 16, 2008 7:06:44 PM

Depends on your goals.

No matter what video card you buy for it, a 1.7 GHz P4 isn't going to handle any newer game titles well.

If you want to play some older titles, like Doom 3 or Unreal Tournament 2004, a cheap (~$100) videocard upgrade might give you good 1024x768 performance...

...assuming you have an AGP port, that is.
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