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QUESTION: New Video Card Needed - HELP !!

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January 22, 2010 7:42:33 PM

Hi, I have an ATI X1650 PCI video card. I am using an ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard, AMD Athlon 2600XP CPU. Would you please recommend the best upgrade video card I can get for my old system.

http://asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=TmQtPJv4jIxmL9C2&cont...

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January 22, 2010 7:44:42 PM

That might be about the best you can do for that system. What is your motherboard? Are you running into problems with your current system? An Athlon XP is a really old chip, I'm afraid you may have to do a full overhaul to get any meaningful performance increase over your current system.
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January 22, 2010 7:50:03 PM

That computer is not worth putting any money into. Save money and build a new one.
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January 22, 2010 7:54:39 PM

Hi, no I am not going to upgrade to a new computer for a couple of years. Would any PCI video card be able to work with my system? I think some come in 1 GIG of VRam now.

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January 22, 2010 8:04:58 PM

Well, the most powerful GPU I would bother putting in there would be a Radeon 3650 AGP. Now, you could spend more and get a 4650 or 4670 AGP, but the difference would be pretty small for gaming simply because your CPU would be the limiting factor. Of course, you could overclock your CPU to help with that, but if it's a Thoroughbred 2600 it's will be hard to get much more out of it. If it's a Thornton you have some more overclocking headroom, but I'm not really sure how much that would help ^_^
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January 22, 2010 8:08:42 PM

megamanx00 said:
Well, the most powerful GPU I would bother putting in there would be a Radeon 3650 AGP. Now, you could spend more and get a 4650 or 4670 AGP, but the difference would be pretty small for gaming simply because your CPU would be the limiting factor. Of course, you could overclock your CPU to help with that, but if it's a Thoroughbred 2600 it's will be hard to get much more out of it. If it's a Thornton you have some more overclocking headroom, but I'm not really sure how much that would help ^_^



Hi, is my motherboard capable of AGP or only PCI?

http://asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=TmQtPJv4jIxmL9C2&cont...

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January 22, 2010 8:17:17 PM

AGP. it is that big brown slot in the picture.
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January 22, 2010 8:45:05 PM

I wasn't aware of any AGP 9500GT's.
A 3650 is probably the best option.
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January 23, 2010 4:03:31 AM

I agree, I don't think a 4670/50 would perform better than a 3650 on that system. Might as well do that for now and save the rest for a future upgrade.
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February 15, 2010 10:25:41 PM

Don't get that 4670! It is PCI-E.
Only AGP cards are able to be installed into the ASUS A78NX-E...
I have that motherboard and currently I have an ATI 2600 HD Pro.

Best upgrade for us is the 3850!

Check the performance results on the 3850 and it beats the 4650 out of the water. I also compared other AGP cards to find out the best upgrade. I am about to order that 3850. Here's some links for you:

EBay
Amazon

-BEZERK805
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