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Help upgrading x800 card on old barebones

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May 17, 2012 3:57:08 PM

Hey guys i got a barebones pc some years ago and had the x800GT radeon card in it. My system is old so starting upgrading it purely to play things like World of warcraft on better than extremely low settings. Also if possible ready for guild wars 2 and the old republic. Or some first person shooters. Or at least some good graphic games, but nothing like crysis as i know my pc is terrible and old, try not to laugh at it =p.

My Pc:
Asus Vintage Ah1 Barebones
AMD athlon 64 3500+
4gb Ram
400w PSU - octigen
64 bit windows 7 ulti
x800gt radeon

I'm looking to get an x2 4800 or 4600 processor from ebay etc (939). I recently upgraded the ram from 1.5gb to 4 and its so much faster switching from games to browsers etc. Some websites are very horrible to load video it stops and starts etc and is jumpy. Net is very fast so i think its deffo the hardware.

I just need some advice one what i could get maybe with the 3500 processer or when i upgrade it to an x2. i have a budget of around £50 and just want to be able to play some decent games without taking a year to load.

I've been getting a little confused with the compatibility of pci express 1.00 and 2.00 etc and the fact some cards may need another power source aside from the bus power and i've been scowering the internet for ages to make heads or tails of it, so any recommendations and help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks very much

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a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2012 4:09:36 PM

At around 50 the only option that makes any sence is the AMD 6450. That card would be like 5-6 times faster than your current x800. It has low energy needs so it will work well with your PSU. If you could spend a little more an AMD 7750 for around 125 would be an amazing upgrade, and it would run fine on your current board and PSU. You might find a 6670 at around that price point, that would be a good card for your system as well.

As far as compatibility goes you really dont need to get caught up is PCIe2.0 vs 16 and so on. Every card and board I have every seen are backward compatible so if the card fits in the slot it should work.
May 17, 2012 6:25:21 PM

bucknutty said:
At around 50 the only option that makes any sence is the AMD 6450. That card would be like 5-6 times faster than your current x800. It has low energy needs so it will work well with your PSU. If you could spend a little more an AMD 7750 for around 125 would be an amazing upgrade, and it would run fine on your current board and PSU. You might find a 6670 at around that price point, that would be a good card for your system as well.

As far as compatibility goes you really dont need to get caught up is PCIe2.0 vs 16 and so on. Every card and board I have every seen are backward compatible so if the card fits in the slot it should work.


Thank you so much for the reply, i forgot to put a (£) sign so was talking £50. I've seen a hd 7750 for about £80 so i'll not eat for a few days and order that ha. Thanks so much for the advice... it is much appreciated!!!

Regards,
Shy
a b U Graphics card
May 17, 2012 8:22:33 PM

Sorry I saw the £ and read it as euros € ... Which are exchanging similar to the dollar today. British pounds on the other hand are a bit different.
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