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What is the best video card I can support?

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July 31, 2010 1:14:50 AM

Hello, could somebody please help me with this. I am looking to upgrade my video card on an older system but I am not sure what I can support. Here are my systems specs:

Windows XP Professional
IBM
Model: 8187S1U
P4 2.8 Ghz
1792 MB RAM
Direct X 9

I am looking for as decent of a gaming video card as I can support. I understand that I still will not be able to play the best new games but I am sure there is something better than the current video card which I believe is just the stock integrated video card.

What is the best video card I can support?

Thanks for any help.

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a c 235 U Graphics card
July 31, 2010 1:16:49 AM

i would suggest the ATI 4670. your CPU will pretty much bottleneck most other video cards that offer better performance. plus it will run on any generic 300w PSU.
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a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2010 1:18:22 AM

PCIe or AGP?
Either way the HD4650/70 are good choices.
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July 31, 2010 1:28:55 AM

Thanks ct1615 and Timop for your suggestions. As for PCIe or AGP I am not sure how to tell.
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a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2010 2:21:24 AM

I'd honestly just get the 4650 and save yourself a few bucks. You ought to get the same performance out of either the 4650 or 4670 since that CPU will bottleneck either one.
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a b U Graphics card
July 31, 2010 2:26:15 AM

Also: An AGP card is going to be slightly offset from the rest of the slots like this:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d...

Whereas the PCIe x16 slot tends to be more closely aligned with the rest of the slots:

http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Abit/AL8/images/slot...

Also, as you may have noticed from those pictures, it's usually marked right next to the slot on the motherboard. If you still can't find it, try to look it up based on the model number of your motherboard if you know it.
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July 31, 2010 2:40:46 AM

Thanks for the tip. There are 3 available PCI Slots and 1 available AGP Slot. Does it matter which type I use? Does one outperform the other?
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July 31, 2010 2:44:08 AM

Also both the ATI 4650 and ATI 4670 appear to offer 512 MB and 1 GB models, which am I looking to get?
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a c 235 U Graphics card
July 31, 2010 4:33:01 AM

neither card is fast enough to effectively use 1GB of ram. get the one that offers DDR3 RAM rather then DDR2.
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