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Which card for me ?

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November 4, 2009 4:48:09 PM


I have an ancient PC.

Compaq Presario SR1105IL
AMD Athlon 2400+ 2.0 GHz
Asus A7VX-LA Motherboard
DVD Writer
Onboard Graphics-No pixel shader, no vertex shader

So I need an AGP card which doesn't need to be more powerful than the rest of my equipment. I mean, say there is some game that needs 2.4GHz of processing power, it needn't run that game, but should be enough to run the game that can be run by my processor.

Also, it shouldn't need a separate power cord and should run on the power provided by my AGP port.

And yeah, it should be under $50[Preferably $30-$40]. I need something that has the best performance-to-price ratio for a cheap price.

I was thinking along the lines of nVidia 7200LE, but people say it's a piece of junk. What do you think ? And what amount of Video memory would be enough for me ? I'm not upgrading any other component, except maybe, disk space.

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November 4, 2009 4:55:25 PM

I dont think they produce them anymore.....u said "ancient" urself......
November 4, 2009 4:59:52 PM

ridic23 said:
I dont think they produce them anymore.....u said "ancient" urself......

Oh...but c'mon...there must be some AGPs in the market.

I was going through stock on Ebay and saw nVidia GeForce 5500 256MB in AGP. Is it good enough ?
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a c 140 U Graphics card
November 4, 2009 5:08:37 PM

I'd just pick something up cheap on ebay.

To be honest I would start saving for a new rig and forget the upgrade. What are you doing that you need better than onboard?
November 4, 2009 5:11:11 PM

I'll be getting a new rig, but that's in two years time. And there won't be a budget constraint that time.

And why I need something better than onboard is because my onboard doesn't have a pixel shader or vertex shader, and it can't do things rest of my PC is capable of. Like games such as GTA San Andreas.
a c 140 U Graphics card
November 4, 2009 5:28:26 PM

get something cheap off ebay. Most new,as in non used, AGP cards are WAY overpriced.
November 4, 2009 6:01:28 PM

Thanks. I'm getting 5500LE for $38. Good enough ?
a c 140 U Graphics card
November 4, 2009 6:30:13 PM

That's pretty low end. I'd check ebay and see if they have any used higher end AGP cards. The 5500LE isn't a gaming card at all.
November 4, 2009 6:48:39 PM

Well, it isn't as if there is any option. I've got ATI Radeon HD3450 but it's for $63.
a c 140 U Graphics card
November 4, 2009 7:03:54 PM

^ The "newer" agp cards have a premium price because they didn't make many of them. If you save your $$ you can get a cheap mobo with great onboard graphics, DDR2 mem, and an AMD Athlon II pretty cheap. I'd go that route.
a c 106 U Graphics card
November 4, 2009 7:08:11 PM

If you actually want to play any games go for a Radeon 3650 AGP or 2600 AGP.
November 5, 2009 4:06:54 PM

@ Nitrous, it's too damn expensive for me.

@ Jay2tall, I just wanna upgrade to something I can survive with....I don't think my parents will agree to something too good....even 5500 will be a huge improvement for me.

BTW, I just saw that the 5 series is 2003-era....bad luck for me. Well, thanks guys, let's see what cooks. Please mark this thread as solved.