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January 7, 2009 3:52:44 AM

Hello All,

I have recently bought the Panasonic TH-46PZ80U. I currently have a Compaq Presario SR1130NX - http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/compaq-presario-sr1130...;rnav .

I want to buy a new graphics card (cheap) that will have a DVI output that will fit in my PC and will be able to connect to my Plasma. I have been told i have one AGP slot and the rest are PCI.

I took a pic of where i think my new graphics card should go: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2kklt4&s=5

I was wondering, The last slot on the bottom, it also looks like a PCI slot, but i have a VIA Unichrome IGP, which i was told was integrated into my system.



I opened up my PC and I think I found the tag for the PSU watts thing.
I took a pic so here it is: http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=ifxv6w&s=5

I was also told that this is a very weak PSU and that i should upgrade to at least 500W.


btw, here is some more information if it would be of any help: http://img229.imageshack.us/img229/4747/70161390qf0.jpg

My questions are:

1: What graphics card would be good for my system and needs (Maybe a cheap one and one not that cheap)
2: What PSU would be best?
3. Comparing two cards spec to spec, is AGP a better choice?
4. What is the card in the far bottom slot that is occupied?

Thanks in advance :D !

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January 7, 2009 5:27:18 AM

You'll have a lot of driver problems with any new agp cards you are going to buy because nvidia/ati are not releasing updated drivers for their agp cards.
Sapphire is releasing updated drivers for their cards in their own website. So this card is going to be a good option.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is a card that performs better than the above card and cheaper but youll have some trouble getting the latest drivers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also generally AGP cards are costlier than PCIE cards

This is a cheap video card with good drivers
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
The only cons are that you cant play any recent games and it does not support purevideohd. Also your power supply would be enough for this card.


January 7, 2009 5:30:05 AM

also if you want to buy sapphire 3650 agp any cheap 400w power supply or good 300w power supply would be enough. The 6200 would work with your power supply. Also i think you should clean your computer. You may have heating problems with so much dust inside your cabinet.
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