Both myself and my pc are ancient and somewhat technologically challenged. I would like to upgrade the graphics card in my ancient pc in hopes of gaining better performance with ms flight simulator 2004. I have listed my system specs below. What would be a good replacement card for my system (either agp or pci)?
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 3
Manufacturer HP Pavilion 061
Product PU061AV-ABA M1050E
CPU Type AMD Athlon 64, 2200 MHz (11 x 200) 3200+
Motherboard Chipset SiS 760, AMD Hammer
System Memory 2 GB (DDR SDRAM) - maxed out
BIOS Type Award (01/10/05)
Manufacturer: ASUSTek Computer INC.
Product K8S-LA (Salmon)
Version AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+
External Clock 200 MHz
Maximum Clock 3700 MHz
Current Clock 2200 MHz
Type Central Processor
Socket Designation Socket 754
CPU Alias Newcastle S754
Vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
BIOS Type Phoenix - Award BIOS v6.00PG
System BIOS Date 01/10/2005
Graphics Processor Properties:
Video Adapter nVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (MSI FX5200)
GPU Clock 230 MHz
Memory Clock 202 MHz
Memory Size 128 MB
Monitor hp vf17 flat panel monitor
350watt power supply
Any help or other suggestions is greatly appreciated.
Yeah, that is ancient. AGP cards haven't been manufactured for a while now, the newest ones are two generations old. The best AGP card that is easily obtainable is the Radeon HD 4670. By today's standards it is fairly low end, but it should be able to run Flight Simulator 2004 well, and is a huge step up from the GeForce FX5200. Do note that the AGP 4670 is overpriced for the performance it gives, it will likely cost you close to $100. Don't even bother with PCI cards, none of those can deliver good gaming performance, the PCI slot just doesn't have the bandwidth necessary for gaming, that's why AGP and PCI Express were developed.
Yeah agreed best to just get a 4670 AGP to just give you the graphics boost you need for Flight Sim , it should see you thru till you decide to buy a new system in the future. You can find the 4670 on ebay.