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Upgrading from a nvidiaGF 6200 turbocache

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September 14, 2011 9:29:35 AM

Hello everyone.

I need some help upgrading my system.
My video card broke so now I need to buy a new one. And I thought that while I'm at it might as well buy something a bit better.
I realize that this is an old system so there's really no point in any mass upgrade. But I know I'll have to stick with it for a good while ( I simply can't afford to buy a new system anytime soon).
My original card was the nvidia GF 6200 turbo cache, now I'm using this radeon x700 256mb just to make it work.
This computer is mainly for surfing the internet and playing mmorpgs.
I don't mind using either ATI or nvidia
Lets say that I would like to be able to play Guild Wars 2 when it'll be out even if it's on minimum or medium settings (of course I wouldn't mind being able to play it on high but given my low processor and everything I don't think that will be an option).
Consider I'm also planning to buy some new ram. I was actually considering to buy some DDR3 but I don't know if it's compatible.
I would also like to know if a DRR3 graphics card would run on my system( because I've kinda taken a liking to the 7600 GT 1Gb but it's DDR3. and I don't know if it'll work)
I'm not a "fan" of 256mb so lets say 512 and up
Budget Range: 100-150 euros (about 136-204$)

System specs:

Windows Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
Internet Explorer 8.0.6001.18702
Memory (RAM) 2047 MB
CPU Info Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz
CPU Speed 2999,7 MHz
Sound Card Realtek HD Audio rear output
Display Adapters RADEON X700 Series | RADEON X700 Series Secondary | NetMeeting driver | RDPDD Chained DD
Monitors 1x; Monitor Plug and Play |
Screen Resolution 1440 X 900 - 32 bit
Network Network Present
Network Adapters Realtek RTL8185 54M Wireless LAN Network Adapter #8 - Miniport dell'Utilità di pianificazione pacchetti
Ports NOT Present LPT1
Mouse 3 Button Wheel Mouse Present
Hard Disks C: 28,3GB | D: 49,6GB | E: 49,8GB | F: 58,6GB
Hard Disks - Free C: 17,7GB | D: 8,0GB | E: 26,1GB | F: 7,5GB
USB Controllers 9 host controllers.
Firewire (1394) 1 host controllers.
Manufacturer * Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Product Make * LakePort
AC Power Status OnLine
Power Supply: ATX 12V P4-550W
BIOS Info AT/AT COMPATIBLE | 09/12/05 | HP-CPC - 42302e31
Battery Status No Battery
Motherboard * ASUSTek Computer INC. LITHIUM P5LS-LE
IP Address |
MAC Address 00-18-E7-55-09-76
Host Name YX-00-KZ
System Serial Number

I don't know if I missed something but if I did, ask and I'll try to provide the info.
Thank you.
September 14, 2011 10:48:47 AM

GreenDutchAlien said:
maybe ;
Not sure about your mobo supporting pci-e 2 though. Can't find any specs of that mobo.

That's because I wrote it wrong... Sorry about that T.T

And I don't think it supports pci-e 2
Oh and thanks for your answer!

Edit: but I think that card there is also compatible with pci-e 1.0 or not?
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a c 104 U Graphics card
September 14, 2011 12:10:13 PM

TheSapphire is 2.1 so i'm really afraid it will not work. PCI-E2 is from 2007 so your mobo won't support it. The 440 would be a lot better than the 430 obviously.
I saw on an other forum one guy who has it running with a gts450, would be even better !
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 14, 2011 12:33:46 PM

No :non:  zotac is not a good brand. This one is better and cheaper ; It's allready overclocked. I think you'll have one but make sure you have a 6 pin power connector from your psu. ( thought i saw it mentioned somewhere that it has one but still, better safe than . . . :cry: 
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 14, 2011 12:35:46 PM

you should upgare your mobo first,but maybe ati 6670 is best choice

Can you guarantee it will work with that mobo, i can't.
September 14, 2011 1:56:45 PM

you should upgare your mobo first,but maybe ati 6670 is best choice

I am aware that I should upgrade my mobo first. (Actully I think that whole thing should go into the trash can)
But I think it would be a waste because if I upgrade my mobo I'm not sure if that old processor(775) will still work not to mention I have ddr2 ram.
And I think waiting would be a waste since lets say I buy one of the latest mobos now, by the time I get some new money for a nice processor and ram that mobo will be already ''almost'' obsolete.
Obviously as soon as I get some cash I won't upgrade but simply build a new one. I'm sick and tired of these factory made computers...

oh and rob, my psu doesn't have a 6 pin power connector. but I know there's a way over it.
This should do it
Oh and "noted" that zotec isn't a good brand the one you proposed is even 10$ cheaper :bounce: 

Edit: That ati 6670 does look interesting, but I saw it's a 2.1, my mobo has v1.0 idk if it'll work
Edit2: well actually I've read around in the forums here and ppl say that the 450 is better than the 6670.
September 14, 2011 2:21:19 PM

Actually there's something that I don't understand in the link you gave me ( This guy said that the 4670 (which is 2.1 x16) worked (even without a power cable) and he should have my same motherboard.

In that case wouldn't this be better:

But as always I don't know if it'll work because of that 2.1....
So I think I'll just settle with that gts... These cards won't work at their full potential on my system anyway...
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 14, 2011 4:37:57 PM

4670 is 2.0 not 2.1.
September 14, 2011 6:20:50 PM

True! I was looking at the 6770 hahahah. My eyes are wasted... need sleep.
Anyway I'll go with the gts 450.


Edit: I wanted to put solved in the title but idk how to do it *sigh*
a c 104 U Graphics card
September 14, 2011 6:26:31 PM

Anytime :)