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January 30, 2009 12:11:46 PM

Hi All,
I want to finally put a graphics card in an older (~around 4 years or so) computer now that my son has taken to World of Warcraft. (So he doesn't totally monopolize the new build I just completed!)

Windows XP
Pentium D 2.80 GHz
Intel 82945G Express chipset (Asus Mobo, just don't recall the model)
1 GB memory

I intend to add another 1 Gig of memory. But was wondering if anyone can recommend a PCI video card for as well under $100 as I could get away with. (Any other upgrade suggestions welcome, too, of course.)

Thanks for any ideas,
Larry
January 30, 2009 3:21:55 PM

might be able to pull a nvidia geforce 6200.... pci is mostly dead...... you sure its not pci express?
January 30, 2009 3:38:26 PM

That board should have a PCI-E X16 slot available as the 945G chipset supported it but with out the motherboard model number it is only a guess.
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January 30, 2009 6:28:20 PM

Thanks to you both, but I'll look inside tonight when I get home to give better information.
January 31, 2009 1:00:09 AM

Here's is the additional info I should have included in the first place

Windows XP
Pentium D 2.80 GHz
Asus P5LD2-VM Mobo
Intel 82945G Express chipset
1 GB memory
400 watt PSU

I do actually have two slots open--PCI Express x16 and PCI Express x1

Just not sure what video card would be best, keeping it as well under $100 as possible.

Thanks again,
Larry
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January 31, 2009 2:19:00 AM

With a decent quality 400 w power supply you have several good options. A 9600GT, a HD3870 or a HD4670. Other options would include a HD4830 and a 9800GT, but they'd be pushing your budget. I'd add 1GB of memory even with XP.

HD 4670 $70 after rebate- best choice if your power supply is also 4 years old and/or not a top quality unit. Decent performance for gaming up to 1440x900 resolution, good cooling, make sure it will fit in your system.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD3870 -$65 after rebate A bit better performance then the HD4670 It also runs hotter, uses more power, but it is a single slot cooling solution. Up to 1680X1050
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

9600GT - $65 after rebate - Basically the same as the HD3870 in it's use of power and it's performance. 2 slot card with decent cooling.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HD4830 - $80 after rebate - The most powerful and the most power hungry of the cards listed. I'd only use this one with a good condition/quality 400w power supply, very good performance up to 1680X105 resolution.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

All the cards listed would do a pretty good job with WoW at 1440x900 (19inch monitor), but i'd also fit that extra RAM into your budget.

January 31, 2009 4:05:45 AM

I suggest the 4670 Radeon, should be more than enough power, Stuck one in a Dell 300 watt PSU for friend and it ran flawlessly, Also doesn't require a external power connector
January 31, 2009 1:19:41 PM

Wow! (or is that WoW?),
I couldn't have asked for better help.
Thanks,
Larry
January 31, 2009 1:23:36 PM

+1 @ vouslavous .
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