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August 1, 2008 11:15:27 PM

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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August 2, 2008 1:57:48 AM

Driver version nv4_disp 6.14.01.4351 (ForceWare 42948816.47)/XP
August 2, 2008 1:59:48 AM

I think its a AGP and maybe a open PCI slot below it. I am still learning so not 100% sure
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August 2, 2008 2:15:25 AM

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.)
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August 2, 2008 2:26:20 AM

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.

August 2, 2008 2:56:17 AM

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
August 2, 2008 3:00:17 AM

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 ?
August 2, 2008 3:41:56 AM

my memory type is ddr does that make a difference..............by the way thanks for the help !
August 2, 2008 6:16:29 AM

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.
August 2, 2008 6:22:35 AM

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.
August 3, 2008 8:19:30 AM

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 ?
August 3, 2008 10:35:35 AM

lol higher resolutions=smaller text roflmao.... duh
August 3, 2008 10:37:01 AM

btw 7600GS AGP ftw!! i overclocked mine 50% on a stock fan with no fan speed changes! it OWNZ :) 
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