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October 6, 2011 5:41:33 PM

Hello, I am putting together a computer and would like to know if any of the graphics cards I presently have on hand can be used in my new system? Card 1) e-GeForce FX5500. Card 2) GeForce 9400 GT. Card 3) SAPPHIRE HD 3850.
Other components: MB Sabertooth X58 w/6GB mem, Intel core i7. PWR: ZEPHYR 750 Watt. HDD: Barracuda 1TB.
Thanks, Bob L.

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a b U Graphics card
October 6, 2011 5:56:15 PM

You could technically use any one of those, although I'd prefer the 3850 easily among those 3 (although all 3 are definitely outdated compared to the rest of your equipment).
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October 6, 2011 6:08:48 PM

ummm... if you are building an i7 system, I hope that if you use one of those cards, it is a temporary measure until you can get a new card...

Why the older 1136 CPU/MoBo?
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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 6, 2011 6:17:42 PM

They can all be used but if you plan on gaming I would buy a new card.
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a c 253 U Graphics card
October 6, 2011 6:23:19 PM

Whay is your use for the computer that you are putting together. GeForce FX5500 is that an AGP card?
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a b U Graphics card
October 6, 2011 7:16:04 PM

The 5500 is a PCI-Express card, albeit a pretty old one.
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October 7, 2011 6:49:19 PM

What about a more current one hf HD6790?? Is it better than the 5000 but not to expensive??
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October 17, 2011 2:17:12 AM

larriv said:
Hello, I am putting together a computer and would like to know if any of the graphics cards I presently have on hand can be used in my new system? Card 1) e-GeForce FX5500. Card 2) GeForce 9400 GT. Card 3) SAPPHIRE HD 3850.
Other components: MB Sabertooth X58 w/6GB mem, Intel core i7. PWR: ZEPHYR 750 Watt. HDD: Barracuda 1TB.
Thanks, Bob L.



Thanks to everyone for comments and suggestions regarding my post. I've been away so long doing this that I'm better described as a newbee. It turns out that none of the cards listed in my original post fits any of the slots on the X58 mobo. The card needs a pci Express 2.0 x 16 slot, or slots, as there are two such slots for dual operation, if that option is chosen. I'm discovering that the array of suitable cards and prices is enough to cause one to click into pause, which I've done. So for in the neantime I picked up a low end card, an Asus 210 Silent. I am personally not into gamming, so that card should do me ok. But my teenage son, confined by the limit of an Xbox 360, might soon be putting the squeeze on for higher graphical capability. If that time comes, it'll be an easy jump.
Thanks agn, larriv
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a c 376 U Graphics card
October 17, 2011 9:23:55 AM

All 3 if the cards you listed are AGP?
You may want to ebay the HD3850. I believe it's the best AGP card that was produced. They are selling for $60-70 still. That alone will get you a card much, much better than the 210(not sure why you got it, entirely useless for gaming.)
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October 25, 2011 6:37:38 PM

jyjjy said:
All 3 if the cards you listed are AGP?
You may want to ebay the HD3850. I believe it's the best AGP card that was produced. They are selling for $60-70 still. That alone will get you a card much, much better than the 210(not sure why you got it, entirely useless for gaming.)



Thanks, I didn't realise my post was still active. I picked up the Asus card as a cheap temporary fix. The newer PCI-e cards are an enhancement over the AGP cards, so I'll wait a few months then see what's available. The Sabertooth X58 mobo has only PCI Express slots.
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