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August 31, 2010 11:29:27 AM

I have an old vaio computer. Probably made about 10 years ago. According to the model specs, the system has an agp x8 slot. Currently, it has an MX440 as its GPU. If I wanted to upgrade it to an agp x8 GDDR3, would that be impossible? Also, what would be my options for upgrading from an MX440, without getting a new mobo or computer? Thanks in advance for all your answers!

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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 11:36:10 AM

Ok, can you please specify the ACTUAL pc model/serial number/name
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 11:36:19 AM

You have an agp x8 slot and want the best upgrade? Well the best (and last) AGP card is the 4670.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can save a significant amount of money by getting the 4650 if the 4670 is out of your price range.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Neither of these are amazing, and I advise you to just save your money and get a new computer. However if thats not possible those are your two best options.

However, if you can can you tell us the motherboard, cpu, ram, and resolution you use on the computer? As well as your PSU?
If you don't know them you can downoad CPU-z to tell you the CPU, ram, and motherboard you use. You will have to open the case to find your PSU.
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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 11:39:19 AM

Yes, Upon review you can upgrade the graphics, you can also use a PCI graphics card if you can find one.
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 11:51:17 AM

The AGP cards will be better than any PCI card that I found, which are 4350 and 9500GT, and the pricing on those is equivalent to the 4650. So he might as well just go with the 4650 or 4670 agp.
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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 12:14:29 PM

^
+1, I'd go with helltech on this one.
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August 31, 2010 12:57:13 PM

Wow thanks for the quick reply! Here's the specs to my computer: http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Sony-VAIO-Digital-Studio-PC... Hmmm that HIS looks really nice... I hope is compatible with my system...

Edit: The specs are mostly the same, except I have 1 gb of RAM and my CPU is clocked to about 3.0 ghz. Also, for future reference, I'd like to know if DDR1 to compatible with DDR2 and DDR3. Sorry for these newbie questions >_<!
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a b U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 1:44:43 PM

Pentium 4 chip. The HD 4650/4670 will be bottlenecked. Although you will see some improvements, but the CPU is going to make the card show only half of it's power.
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a c 173 U Graphics card
August 31, 2010 2:33:35 PM

unknown_13 said:
Pentium 4 chip. The HD 4650/4670 will be bottlenecked. Although you will see some improvements, but the CPU is going to make the card show only half of it's power.



Agreed +1 well more like 1/3 of the power.
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September 1, 2010 3:51:34 AM

hmmm I see.... Well, thank you. I have money to burn so I'll just try it out for kicks lol.
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a b U Graphics card
September 1, 2010 3:57:12 AM

If you give us a price range we could find a better Mobo/Cpu/Ram + gpu combo for you... then again you'd probably want a new case and a dvd drive... probably better to just overhaul, You can get a new PC for around 500~750 depending on what you want it for. 500 and less for basic office, 750 or so for moderate gaming.
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a c 176 U Graphics card
September 1, 2010 4:06:16 AM

If you really have $$$ to burn, buy a new mobo, CPU, RAM, and video card. Don't spend money to keep something that outdated up and running if you have the money to buy something new.
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September 1, 2010 7:56:22 AM

I already have a good desktop for gaming. I would just like to see how well this ol' desktop would be when upgraded lol.
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a b U Graphics card
September 1, 2010 9:40:29 AM

Not very good, quite horrible infact and I doubt any of the new games would play above 10fps.

So no, It is not worth upgrading it. Just sell it off and use the money towards better components for your better PC or whatever you feel like.
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a b U Graphics card
September 1, 2010 10:02:02 AM

decode said:
Not very good, quite horrible infact and I doubt any of the new games would play above 10fps.

So no, It is not worth upgrading it. Just sell it off and use the money towards better components for your better PC or whatever you feel like.


I think that he's talking about a different build, a second PC in his home, not this aincent build with a MX440. Games newer than 2004 won't even start! :lol: 
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September 1, 2010 11:48:28 AM

HAha, unknown_13 got it. I have a rig of my own for gaming (In fact, more than one), so I am good for now, but really, I just wanted to see the dino pushed to its limits heh.
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a b U Graphics card
September 1, 2010 11:56:22 AM

:D 
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