Having an interesting problem, circa 2004. I am having problems with an old comp my family uses. It has a Geforce4 ti 4200 4x AGP card with a broken/noisy fan. I was wondering if anyone had a suggestion on what would be the best replacement. The mobo can only handle 4x agp, its a p4 2.8 ghz rig. Having issues determining more info about the mobo so bare with me here.
More like 8x AGP SHOULD be compatible with 4x AGP. I remember when the 1950 AGP cards came out and some of them wouldn't work on a 4x slot for some stupid reason. Then again I guess those weren't officially supported . Anyway you may just want to replace the fan on that video card. Your local CompUSA (or Tiger Direct) should have a cheap video card cooling set or you can find one on the net.
If you don't want to deal with that then go with a Radeon 3650, or 2600XT AGP. The Radeon 3850 would be too much though since it will be bottle necked by the system, not to mention you will need a decent PSU to run it.
Hmm thanks for the great suggestions. What would you reccommend if we want to 'try' to run the new Warhammer online game? I know i know... a new pc... but can I buy a card that will atleast let me run it?
agreed, for warhammer online, especially the sieges, get a HD3850 AGP card, you'll need a quality 400w or 450w power supply for it. At least when you do upgrade to another system you can take the power supply with you.
hmmm interesting. Saw some reviews... very nice card, definitly peaked my interest. Now... one big question I am struggling with is my AGP slot 4x or 8x ... i am in the process of searching for my manual. But... even if my slot is 4x... would you still recommend that card?
Did some more digging, and had some responses over on the motherboard forum.
So, I am convinced my P4 2.8Ghz rig will bottleneck the hell out of a 3850.
My plans right now are to upgrade to 2G ram for sure. Then I have to make a decision...
1) Look at mid-high range AGP cards (i.e. HD3650) and grab a new PSU most likely
2) look at lower range cards... not the best idea....
hmmm. wow its amazing that a system like that can be built so cheap. You've given me something to think about here... not sure what to do now. I'll get back once i run the numbers and such. I was so focused on just a quick upgrade and creating a kick ass system later that I didn't even consider a medium type system for the short run being cheaper... thanks for the ideas