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D865GLC Moboard, need Video card

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February 18, 2010 9:34:32 PM

I just received a computer for free, 80gig harddrive, Pentium 4 3.0ghz, 2x512mb ram. Was an upgrade for me. Mobo has 3pci slots and 1agp. what is the best video card that i can use in it. i will be upgrading the ram and vid card.

preciate any advise or any more needed info.
a c 130 U Graphics card
February 18, 2010 9:40:18 PM

The best is probably an HD4670 AGP, though this is around $90. Possible processor bottlenecks too.
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February 18, 2010 10:40:02 PM

Sorry i was in a hurry when i posted last time. More Data.

Previous computer was a dell gx260 2.4celeron

current specs on the new computer.

3.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4 (seems to be single core, but shows 2 processors on device manager?)
16 kilobyte primary memory cache
1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache

Board: Intel Corporation D865GLC AAC32156-406
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Intel Corp. BF86510A.86A.0071.P22.0411242209 11/24/2004

80.02 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
61.87 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

PLEXTOR CD-R PX-230A [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

ST380817AS [Hard drive] (80.02 GB) -- drive 0

1008 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'J6G1' has 512 MB
Slot 'J6G2' is Empty
Slot 'J6H1' has 512 MB
Slot 'J6H2' is Empty

NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 4000 [Display adapter](PCI card)
DELL E177FP [Monitor] (17.1"vis


Current video card was put in from the dell. I knew it sucked before, but its better than the onboard.
I use the computer for basic surfing, occasional DVD (haven't installed from the dell), and occasionally play WOW with some friends. Though it would be nice to beable to just build from scratch, money won't allow it.




I'll look at the 4670, what kind of bottlenecks?


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a c 130 U Graphics card
February 18, 2010 10:49:53 PM

The GPU could be more powerful than the CPU, causing a choke. Though I am unfamiliar with the speed of Pentium CPU's compared to speeds of a Core-2-Duo.
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February 19, 2010 6:09:13 PM

any other opinions? found some ram on ebay for cheap, will be going 4gb. And it doesnt look as if i can upgrade the processor any higher.

What would be a good choice to keep down on the bottlenecking as well?
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a c 130 U Graphics card
February 19, 2010 6:24:02 PM

Overclocking your processor if you can would be extremely beneficial. RAM, HDD, it doesn't matter. The processor and graphics card are lovers who go hand-in-hand. They give the most FrameRate influence, and they alone, will decide the capabilities of your PC.

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a c 172 U Graphics card
February 19, 2010 6:51:02 PM

shadow187 said:
Overclocking your processor if you can would be extremely beneficial. RAM, HDD, it doesn't matter. The processor and graphics card are lovers who go hand-in-hand. They give the most FrameRate influence, and they alone, will decide the capabilities of your PC.

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A 4670 is your best bet unless you got the cash for a 3850 agp or lucky enough but older a 7800gs. I used to do agp on my secondary box. On my retro box I still use a 3DFX voodoo 5 5500 (hehe who said dual gpu agp card wasn't possible). One of the last options you can do is a 6800gt/ultra for agp if you are only seeking to run older games.
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February 19, 2010 6:51:03 PM

ok, now to figure out how to OC this thing, keep the fan noise down, and try not to be wierded out by the heart pic.
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February 19, 2010 6:53:26 PM

only game i'd play would be world of warcraft, and im not doing any 25mans yet, hell havent even bought wrath expansion yet.

i'll check those out and see whats available.

thank you
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a c 172 U Graphics card
February 19, 2010 7:03:09 PM

babuga said:
only game i'd play would be world of warcraft, and im not doing any 25mans yet, hell havent even bought wrath expansion yet.

i'll check those out and see whats available.

thank you



The 7800gs when I had it really did the job when playing wow but that was when I was a noob and played on stock settings. So if you can a 3850/3870 is the best for ATI (256bit vs the 128 on the 4670) but if you are not into Nvidia well I have already had that card that being 7800gs.
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