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Needing Advice about Upgrading an OEM System

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November 27, 2009 6:37:22 PM

Greetings!

I have an old Asus AM3100-U3201A; Fairly Stock.

It currently has: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+ 2.29 GHz , With an internal ATI Radeon X1200 Series [UMA] (0x791E).
Is supports DDR2 SDRAM, and I currently have 2GB Memory installed. 6400 I think..

It has an open PCIe x16 Slot, and I was hoping to stick an updated, yet fairly decent video card in this turkey.

My issue is one of cost, as I can barely afford the cash to upgrade the video card, so my budget is sub 100$.

I was tossing between the following two video cards:

XFX Radeon HD 4650 Video Card - 1024MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0,(2) Dual-Link DVI (TigerDirect PN: P450-4660)

EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support (TigerDirect PN: E145-9504)


My Monitor can support either VGA or DVI, so I'm Okay that way, but my concern is one of adaptability.. I would prefer the GeForce, but i didn't know if sticking the 9500 in here with a Radeon on board would be an issue..

And while i know that Pci Express 2.0 is supposed to be backwards compatible, Is this going to be an issue with this system..
If I'm going to upgrade, i need a Video card with at least DX 10, and Shaders ect of at least 3.0, 4.0 would be better.. I can get by with 512mb of memory, but wanted at least 1G..

What are your suggestions.. (And unless your willing to hand me the cash, don't tell me i need a new system.. I know i do.. )

Thanks In advance..

Gabriel





a c 271 U Graphics card
November 27, 2009 6:50:21 PM

Either of those cards will work but neither are particularly good for gaming.
a c 376 U Graphics card
November 27, 2009 7:15:11 PM

Yeah, those cards are ok, but kind of weak even for low resolution gaming. The lowest I'd consider is an HD4670.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
November 27, 2009 7:17:19 PM

And make sure it's a DDR3 HD4670. Ignore the amount of memory on the card, it cant effectively use more than 512mb.
November 27, 2009 11:10:32 PM

Okay, Sounds like the HD4670 is the popular favorite for the ATI Side.. What about the Geforce?? OR is it better to stay with ATI, since with this mobo it's an ATI setup.. (IF i had the cash, i'd be getting a 285 ;)  )
a c 271 U Graphics card
November 27, 2009 11:14:49 PM

A GTS250 or GTX260 216 is your Nvidia option.
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