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Last response: in Graphics & Displays
December 27, 2011 10:06:07 PM


I have a
Pentium 4 CPU 2.66 GHz
230 W
4Gb of DDR RAM
GeForce 6200 512Mb DDR2

I will use this to run two HD monitors 1920x1200 for visual studio on windows XP and eclipse on linux

Is there a better video card that would still run on my (only 230W) power supply?

On board video was useless even for moving windows around: shared memory max was 32Mb, so going to 512Mb ona graphics card was a noticable improvement,
but moving a window diagonally still leaves non-refreshed area for almost a second (on linux, better on XP)

Would upgrading to 1Gb of memory even be noticale for regular move/resize/scroll window content type work (no gaming)?

More about : geforce 6200 512mb ddr2 agp

a c 92 U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 10:11:39 PM

the ram should not be a problem. there are very few cards available that can run on 230 watts but you may try something like a 8400 gs or a 220 gs.
a c 291 U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 10:13:26 PM

It's not lack of video memory, it's lack of processing power. Graphics card speed isn't directly proportional to it's memory.
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December 27, 2011 10:25:18 PM

Major detail I have forgotten: only old PCI slots and one AGP slot :( 
So 8400 and 220 will not work.

a c 92 U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 10:31:11 PM

pci slots are backward compatible, it probably still works
a b U Graphics card
December 27, 2011 10:35:20 PM

I think there is an AGP Radeon HD 5450 floating in existence...
esrever: PCI slots do NOT work with PCI-E cards.