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January 1, 2012 2:46:27 PM

Am running a desktop with 3.05gig Intel Pent 4, Bus clock 533MHz, 4 x 1.024 MB DDR - 400MHz PC3200 memory modules. Video card FX 5200 AGP 8x with 128 MB. Op Sys Windows XP pro SP3. Main use for PC is 3D CAD (Autodesk Inventer 7) Would like to upgrade graphics card - have read a GeForce 7600 GS would be suitable and would not need a PCU upgrade. Concerns - compatibility with DDR memory modules and any other interface problems.

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a c 253 U Graphics card
a b } Memory
January 1, 2012 3:28:14 PM

HIS IceQ H467QS1GHA Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 AGP 4X/8X HDCP Ready Video Card
$112.99 AND A $20 rebate makes it $92.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

VisionTek 900284 Radeon HD 3650 1GB 128-bit DDR2 AGP 8X HDCP Ready Video Card
$84.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

JATON 3DFORCE6200Xe GeForce 6200 512MB 64-bit DDR2 AGP 4X/8X Low Profile Ready Video Card
$64.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here are a few AGP cards to look at and after a search for the 7600gs I could not find one so if you have a lead on one then you should pick it up of you will have to look at one of these.
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January 2, 2012 2:51:27 PM

de5_Roy said:
imo your pc should be replaced by a modern system.
anyway, here's a list of agp cards from newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=P...


Appreciate your quick reply. Under normal circumstances I would flush the PC - but to change the PC would mean I would not be able to reinstall my existing CAD software - it requires a new activation licence number from Autodesk in Switzerland and they will not provide it co's it aint supported any more (over 5 years old) and to upgrade the software would set me back £6,000.
The existing software is OK but struggles when I am working with large component assemblies then it freezes and tells me that I have used up more than 80% of the available process address space. Now a dipshite like me doesn't know whether that means a lack of main processor capability or a lack of Graphic card capability. I suppose this is a case of 'such is life' and I'm sorry to bore you with my probs but thanks once again.
a c 79 U Graphics card
a b } Memory
January 2, 2012 2:58:12 PM

bcvbrown said:
Appreciate your quick reply. Under normal circumstances I would flush the PC - but to change the PC would mean I would not be able to reinstall my existing CAD software - it requires a new activation licence number from Autodesk in Switzerland and they will not provide it co's it aint supported any more (over 5 years old) and to upgrade the software would set me back £6,000.
The existing software is OK but struggles when I am working with large component assemblies then it freezes and tells me that I have used up more than 80% of the available process address space. Now a dipshite like me doesn't know whether that means a lack of main processor capability or a lack of Graphic card capability. I suppose this is a case of 'such is life' and I'm sorry to bore you with my probs but thanks once again.

damn...compared to a £6,000 software upgrade, agp card upgrade is better. good luck. :) 
January 2, 2012 3:18:36 PM

bcvbrown said:
Appreciate your quick reply. Under normal circumstances I would flush the PC - but to change the PC would mean I would not be able to reinstall my existing CAD software - it requires a new activation licence number from Autodesk in Switzerland and they will not provide it co's it aint supported any more (over 5 years old) and to upgrade the software would set me back £6,000.
The existing software is OK but struggles when I am working with large component assemblies then it freezes and tells me that I have used up more than 80% of the available process address space. Now a dipshite like me doesn't know whether that means a lack of main processor capability or a lack of Graphic card capability. I suppose this is a case of 'such is life' and I'm sorry to bore you with my probs but thanks once again.


The process address space is the system memory. if you're not at your motherboard's maximum already, most PC's from that era support up to 4gb. I recommend you find your pc's maximum here: http://www.crucial.com/

The other option you have to maintain your current hd is to transfer the entire contents of it -- windows, registry and all -- to a new hard drive (and a new pc.) This can be done for free, once you have the hardware.
January 3, 2012 8:03:18 AM

phylum_sinter said:
The process address space is the system memory. if you're not at your motherboard's maximum already, most PC's from that era support up to 4gb. I recommend you find your pc's maximum here: http://www.crucial.com/

The other option you have to maintain your current hd is to transfer the entire contents of it -- windows, registry and all -- to a new hard drive (and a new pc.) This can be done for free, once you have the hardware.



Thanks for that. A couple of weeks ago I upgraded my RAM from 1gb (2 x 512mb DDR 333 PC2700) to 4gb (4 x 1gb DDR 400 PC3200) in accordance with the PC recommendations. However I have not noticed any appreciable improvement - particularly on the CAD side. I did carry out the crucial scan which shows my memory is at the max allowable. I assumed that upgrading from PC2700 to PC3200 would give better performance but I do not fully understand the advantages of one over another. On the CAD issue, the large file size 3D assembly opens up (but takes time) and when I try to rotate it then I get the message re address space. I assumed probably wrongly that this was a Graphics card issue.
Finally Inventor 7 software is configured for 32 bit working on Windows XP. If I purchased a new PC would I have to remove the operating system software from the new PC?
Appreciate any advice.
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