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Will My PC be Able to handle a Radeon 3850 AGP card?

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April 14, 2009 7:35:50 PM

My Pc Specs Are
MOBO: P4M266A-8235 (U8668-D)
256MB Corsair DDR333 RAM(2x)2 slots
Intel Celeron (R) 2.40GHz 128kb L2Cache
32MB S3Prosavage DDR(TWISTER)
400Gb Seagate 7200Rpm
AGP 4x Slot
3 PCI slot
1 Cnr
NO PCIE SLOT
I'd Like To Play Games Like NBA 2k9 Prostreet, Doom and Half Life 2. I also Need A compatible Memory Upgrade For MY System . :pt1cable:  Will this Also Be Able To handle the radeon 3850 or not??? should i go with the 7600Gs or the X1650 Pro Agp instead Pleas ELP! :sweat: 
April 14, 2009 7:38:04 PM

You didn't list your power supply, which is crucial in this instance.

With AGP 4x and a Celeron, any modern AGP card you put in there will be pretty bottlenecked.
April 14, 2009 7:46:28 PM

exactly what is bottleneck? my power supply is an ATX-500 wat. i think its Generic.
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a c 165 U Graphics card
April 14, 2009 8:35:43 PM

Which version of Windows are you using? I did n`t think XP would load in 256Mb!
April 14, 2009 9:34:13 PM

I'm Using Windows XP Professional SP3 my total RAM is 512MB..
and i need a compatible upgrade for my RAM about 2 gigs.. maximum.
April 14, 2009 11:23:23 PM

What are the +12 amps?
a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 8:03:13 AM

Anything costing more than about $40 to $50 would be wasted on that system. It's just too old and slow to make use of anything worth more than that amount. And an AGP card would not be usable in a new build later because new systems use PCI-Express, not AGP.

This X1650Pro card: LINK would be choked in your system, but it's likely the best performer for that price. I have a 1650Pro in my old Athlon XP 2000+ AGP-4X system and it played a lot of games from 1.5 years ago and earlier very well at 1280x1024 resolution on my old 19" CRT monitor. It even played a few newer games with low settings at 1024x768 resolution.

If you want a little better performance and you're willing to wait for a rebate, consider this 2600XT 512MB card.

One last thing to keep in mind is that these cards need a Molex (4-pin like for IDE devices) power connection and will draw about 45-55W (4-5 Amps) of power under load.
April 15, 2009 8:39:17 AM

You could probably go with a HD 3650, but not a HD 3850 not even my system can handle it lol.
a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 9:53:06 AM

In your first post, you said the motherboard was a P4M266A... That is actually the VIA northbridge chipset.

Please download and install CPU-Z and give us the actual make/model of the motherboard so we can see how much RAM it supports and in what configuration.
April 15, 2009 10:37:41 AM

Processor(s)
Number of processors 1
Number of cores 1 per processor
Number of threads 1 per processor
Name Intel Celeron
Code Name Northwood
Specification Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz
Package Socket 478 mPGA
Family/Model/Stepping F.2.9
Extended Family/Model F.2
Brand ID 10
Core Stepping D1
Technology 0.13 um
Core Speed 2388.4 MHz
Multiplier x Bus speed 24.0 x 99.5 MHz
Rated Bus speed 398.1 MHz
Stock frequency 2400 MHz
Instruction sets MMX, SSE, SSE2
L1 Data cache (per processor) 8 KBytes, 4-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Trace cache (per processor) 12 Kuops, 8-way set associative
L2 cache (per processor) 128 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64-byte line size
Chipset & Memory
Northbridge VIA P4M266 (VT8751) rev. 00
Southbridge VIA VT8235 rev. 00
Graphic Interface AGP
AGP Revision 2.0
AGP Transfer Rate 4x
AGP Side Band Addressing not supported, not enabled
Memory Type DDR
Memory Size 512 MBytes
Memory Frequency 132.9 MHz (FSB + 33 MHz)
DRAM Interleave 4-way
CAS# Latency (tCL) 2.5 clocks
RAS# to CAS# (tRCD) 3 clocks
RAS# Precharge (tRP) 3 clocks
Cycle Time (tRAS) 6 clocks
System
System Manufacturer VIA Technologies, Inc.
System Name P4M266A-8235
System S/N
Mainboard Vendor
Mainboard Model P4M266A-8235
BIOS Vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
BIOS Version 6.00 PG
BIOS Date 01/31/2004
Memory SPD
Module 1 DDR, PC3200 (200 MHz), 256 MBytes, unknown brand
Module 2 DDR, PC2700 (166 MHz), 256 MBytes, Corsair
Software
Windows Version Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (Build 2600)
DirectX Version 9.0c

a b U Graphics card
April 15, 2009 10:45:28 AM

Again, no make or model, only northbridge was listed.

Please, download, install, and run CPU-Z. Look on the Mainboard tab in CPU-Z and tell us the make/model. I have got to go to bed, but hopefully someone will be able to check it out and tell you what RAM to get. I'm thinking a 2x1GB DDR-400 config would work, in which case you're looking at prices around $60-$65, but it might not support 1GB DIMMS.
April 15, 2009 10:51:13 AM

Hmm... A lot of problems.... You need at least 1GB of RAM to get decent performance in the latest games, even if you have the fastest processor with the fastest video card, it will still be slow if you only have 512MB of RAM.

Your processor is barely on the minimum requirements of current PC games.

Bottlenecking is something like having a trucks engine (Radeon 3850) while having a Volkswagen beetle's body. (Celeron 2.4Ghz) All those power wasted.

I think you would be better off buying a whole new PC setup.

Even something like :

- Pentium Dual Core E5200
- ECS G31-T
- 2x 1GB of RAM

Would be like 2x faster than your current setup.
April 15, 2009 10:58:15 AM

P4M266A-8235 P4M266 VT8751
U8668-D Revision 7.6
LPCIO ITE IT8705

And Strider VM i'll upgrade the RAM memory As Soon as I have the proper one. I think 2GIGS and i think i saw a 533FSB Processor For this I hope this is the best option for my processor.
April 15, 2009 11:28:08 AM

Go out and buy a new box (use your old monitor/keyboard etc).


Even a low end machine at £650 will be far ahead of what you currently have.
a b U Graphics card
April 16, 2009 4:18:09 AM

This is why I said I wouldn't spend more than $50 on anything for that system. Again, that's not a motherboard make/model, it's just the northbridge. I'm out of ideas here...

Sorry.
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2009 3:43:55 PM

That cpu is the exact same strength as an Atom 230 so just get an Acer Aspire Revo for $300 and you can play all those since it has Ion. And it should be a bit faster for all other tasks too.

Or you can get an Nvidia Geforce 4 Ti 4600 on ebay for $20 which will be a huge upgrade from the card you currently have ^.^
a b U Graphics card
April 18, 2009 3:47:10 PM

stridervm said:
Hmm... A lot of problems.... You need at least 1GB of RAM to get decent performance in the latest games, even if you have the fastest processor with the fastest video card, it will still be slow if you only have 512MB of RAM.

Your processor is barely on the minimum requirements of current PC games.

Bottlenecking is something like having a trucks engine (Radeon 3850) while having a Volkswagen beetle's body. (Celeron 2.4Ghz) All those power wasted.

I think you would be better off buying a whole new PC setup.

Even something like :

- Pentium Dual Core E5200
- ECS G31-T
- 2x 1GB of RAM

Would be like 2x faster than your current setup.


Heck that would be somewhere around 5-6x faster than his current config lol
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