Need help with video card upgrade

My PC is five years old. I want to upgrade the video card but cant find which one that will work. Please help. Here is the info on my pc. I bought a new flat panel monitor and would like to be able to get the 1440x900 resolution its capable of getting. Dont play games just movies and pictures


Gateway Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.60ghZ
2.59 GHz, 1GB of RAM
Creative SB Audigy
Windows XP
Version 2002
Service Pack 2
NVIDA GeForce FX 5200 (Gateway)

250watt max power
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  1. AGP or PCI video card?
    If you're not sure list the model of your Gateway.

    What video driver version are you currently using?
    http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1132/TechPowerUp_GPU-Z_v0.2.6.html
  2. You may only need an updated video driver and a bit of tweaking.

    Check out this posting:
    http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?t=46577
  3. Gateway E-4100 4000820
  4. Driver version nv4_disp 6.14.01.4351 (ForceWare 42948816.47)/XP
  5. I think its a AGP and maybe a open PCI slot below it. I am still learning so not 100% sure
  6. If you don't play games, and just use this for movies or pictures, find the most recent AGP video card you can. The might mean you need to switch to ATI/AMD, as they have many more recent AGP cards then Nvidia. If you can, try to get a (Nvidia) 7300/7100, or a (AMD) 2xxx/3xxxx.

    These newer cards might require a bit more power then your older 250W can output. Consider getting a cheap ~$45 video card, along with a quality $60 PSU. You don't need anything high end, a 380-500W PSU is fine. (Antec, PCP&C, SeaSonic, FSP, etc.)
  7. You're using a video card driver from 2006 - probably time for an update.

    Other 5200 owners have got 1440x900 res to work for them.
  8. WR2 said:
    You're using a video card driver from 2006 - probably time for an update.

    Other 5200 owners have got 1440x900 res to work for them.



    tried the update says it current
  9. WR2 said:
    You may only need an updated video driver and a bit of tweaking.

    Check out this posting:
    http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?t=46577



    I got the POWERSTRIP program but no luck with it yet
  10. 4745454b said:
    If you don't play games, and just use this for movies or pictures, find the most recent AGP video card you can. The might mean you need to switch to ATI/AMD, as they have many more recent AGP cards then Nvidia. If you can, try to get a (Nvidia) 7300/7100, or a (AMD) 2xxx/3xxxx.

    These newer cards might require a bit more power then your older 250W can output. Consider getting a cheap ~$45 video card, along with a quality $60 PSU. You don't need anything high end, a 380-500W PSU is fine. (Antec, PCP&C, SeaSonic, FSP, etc.)



    any cheaper cards that I could go with and not have to upgrade the power ?
  11. that is the same video card you have in your system now. if you want to change you need to get a ati 1550 or 1650 agp card. something like this...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131070
  12. PCnut said:
    that is the same video card you have in your system now. if you want to change you need to get a ati 1550 or 1650 agp card. something like this...http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814131070



    but that one is 64bit.............my system right now will only go 32 bit
  13. my memory type is ddr does that make a difference..............by the way thanks for the help !
  14. The memory on the card is on a 64 bit bus has nothing to do with your computer being 32 or 64 bit. the last one you showed is a little better than what you have but i still think you should go with ati 1550 or 1650 card... also the card you showed me has a 128 bit memory bus on video card so see this dose not matter for you system but 128 bit memory on gpu would be faster than a 64 bit and a 256 bit woul be faster memory than both.
  15. my old ati x800 pro was amazing.
    for an old agp card.

    if you can find one i highly recommend it.
    the 7800 was also a good agp card.
  16. WR2 said:
    You may only need an updated video driver and a bit of tweaking.

    Check out this posting:
    http://www.pcguide.com/vb/showthread.php?t=46577



    you were right...................I updated the driver and now I can get 1440x900. Does it suppose to make the text smaller @ higher resolutions ?
  17. lol higher resolutions=smaller text roflmao.... duh
  18. btw 7600GS AGP ftw!! i overclocked mine 50% on a stock fan with no fan speed changes! it OWNZ :)
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