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What AGP video card would match up best with my old PC\'s Intel Celeron 2GHz 128

What AGP video card would match up best with my old PC's Intel Celeron 2GHz 128kb L2 CPU to run Win7/8/Linux Mint smoothly? (motherboard - L4S8A2 - ECS Elitegroup)

What could be the best card that these CPU and motherboard can match up with?
Is four year old ATI Radeon HD 3850 too good for this system?

Thank you everyone in advance!
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  1. Hi Musaire,

    What will you be doing with the PC? If you are just browsing the internet (which I hope is the case with a Celeron 2Ghz) you don't really need anything other than something to connect a monitor too. You could really just get whatever is the least expensive.

    Quote:
    Is four year old ATI Radeon HD 3850 too good for this system?


    I don't know what you mean by "too good." It is certainly better than the rest of the components in your system, so I wouldn't spend more to get it, but if you have one already, laying around, it wouldn't hurt to use it
  2. What's your PSU? That card require pcie power from the PSU to run.
  3. Quote:
    What's your PSU? That card require pcie power from the PSU to run.


    Good question about PSU, but not all 3850s are PCIe. They made both AGP and PCIe back in the day:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102730
  4. Thank you for a quick response!

    I just need the windows in OS to behave smoothly when browsing. So i I guess I'll get something the least expensive.
  5. No, I mean even the AGP card uses PCIe 6 pin power to power up the card.
  6. Oh and it is with AGP, yes.

    No idea about the PSU power atm.
  7. Quote:
    Thank you for a quick response!

    I just need the windows in OS to behave smoothly when browsing. So i I guess I'll get something the least expensive.


    No problem. You should check your PSU and report back what you have
  8. So if I'll get some 4-pin power card, that can then be connected to this L4S8A2 and basically to any power supply?

    For example this card :
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180751695101?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


    Sorry I have no information about the PSU atm. Going to check it out in an hour.
  9. In the meantime thank you everyone for your help this far.
    Never used this forum before.
  10. Every power supply has a 4 pin connector you can use. Even 6 pin connectors can be made from one or two 4 pin connectors

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812201004

    What's more relevant is your PSU's rated output.
  11. musaire said:
    So if I'll get some 4-pin power card, that can then be connected to this L4S8A2 and basically to any power supply?

    For example this card :
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/180751695101?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649


    Sorry I have no information about the PSU atm. Going to check it out in an hour.


    The 7800GS AGP needs a 400W PSU with 20A on the 12V rails.
  12. Took a picture of the PSU. It looks like this - http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/9521/1002941h.jpg

    Seems like a 350W PSU but that big watts for 20A on 12V, I guess.

    So I am not sure what video card would be best and fit at the same time..

    Something like this would do? ->
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PNY-TechnologyGeForce-6200-DDR2-256MB-AGP-G606200A8E24T-/270787782878?pt=COMP_EN_Networking_Components&hash=item3f0c35a8de
  13. It should serve you just fine. The requirement is 300W and no specified Amperage for the 12V.

    I don't think this card will draw much power at all, and will work just fine for web browsing etc.
  14. Just one more question, to be sure:
    And if I'd like to use ATI Radeon HD 3850, would the PSU fit for that?
    Do I need some complicated power connections to the PSU with wires and connectors I don't have and (I'm not sure there are 4 or 6 pin power connectors on the motherboard, there is just something like this http://www.motherboards.org/images/articles/guides/P4_conn.jpg that comes from PSU)?

    (Im just asking this because I can get Radeon HD 3850 cheaper than Geforce 6200 and the other cards I mentioned.)
  15. (Max power draw for Radeon 3850 should be around 95W, not sure about ampere requirements and volts.)
  16. No, that connector is a motherboard power connector. The 4 pin that you would need to convert to a 6 pin would have four pins in a row, not four in a square.

    I would go with the 6200, just to be safe. You don't want to push your PSU to the limit just to save a few bucks
  17. Okay, let's call my questions answered now. I agree with the latter.
    Thank you very much!
  18. No Problem,

    If you are done here, mark a "Best Answer" so the thread can close.

    Thanks!
  19. Best answer
    Bad idea. The 6200 is a weak card for hardware assisted graphics acceleration. H.264 1080p will not be playable.

    I think a 4350 or 3450 is a better choice.
  20. @ musaire - the 3850 require a 450W PSU with 25A on the 12V rails. You have only 16A. Windows 7 require •DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. Check that the 6200 is DirectX 9 capable.
  21. Thanks for a suggestion Pyree.
    I'll search for those cards too.
  22. (Btw, I think I'll install Linux mint to begin with and see how it runs.)
  23. Best answer selected by musaire.
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