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Proper 128mb graphics card for 4x slot p4 2ghz?

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January 7, 2011 12:36:26 AM

Hello guys:

I have a question to ask for you pros out there on upgrade an older IBM desktop.

I'm upgrading my old computer (P4 2Ghz 640mb 40GB) to a (P4 2Ghz 1.5gb 160GB) and I'm looking around for a good graphics card (128mb AGP) that will boost performance (for normal daily use and some light gaming, either XP or Vista) but not burn my IBM motherboard down. I have a 4x graphics slot (AGP v2, 1.5V) and currently use an ATI 9000 pro 64mb agp.

I was first thinking around 6600GT and 9600XT 128mb AGP but realized that my old IBM Netvista only holds a 185W max PSU. Now I'm thinking more on the line of older G4 Ti4200, Ti4600, G3 Ti200 or some older Radeon 4x cards. From GPUReview, here are the overall scores for:

ATI 9000 pro 64mb agp 4x: 8.8
G4 Ti4200 128mb agp 4x: 8.8
G4 Ti4600 128mb agp 4x: 7.9
G3 Ti200 128mb agp 4x: 8.3
(source: http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php)

Somehow my 9000 pro is a pretty good card and not sure if the older G4 or G3 128mb are worth the replacement just because of its memory. I can only stick with those choices because of the power issue and I can't change out the PSU because of the IBM tower setup.

Could you guys help me to analyze this and see if I'm on the right track or other nice 128mb 4x agp cards that will fit my setup?

Thanks alot!

Lucas S.
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January 7, 2011 12:41:56 AM

9500pro was a great card even a normal 6600 would be better than what you listed.
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January 7, 2011 12:44:12 AM

Hey rolli59. The problem with those 9500pro and 6600 is that they require at least 250-300W power requirement and I only have a 185W max PSU :(  and I can't change that out due to the desktop tower's internal physical configuration.

rolli59 said:
9500pro was a great card even a normal 6600 would be better than what you listed.

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January 7, 2011 1:14:43 AM

6600gt and don't look back as it still has up to date driver support while ATI does not for the DX9 line of cards. Any thing older than the Radeon 2k series that isn't DX does not have any continued driver support and are not compatible in Win 7. The 6600gt also has shader model 3 which is required in some games.
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