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June 24, 2012 7:37:10 PM

I have the Systemax Venture B805 RTS PC wtih the following: "My display driver is not working that is on the motherboard, so I was thinking of adding a Graphics Card. My system is 6 yrs old so I could be wasting my money by adding just the card?

Intel Pentium D 805 Processor 2.66GHz
512MB DDR400 PC3200 Memory (512MB x 1)
250GB 7200RPM ATA100 IDE Hard Drive
OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer P4M80P
System Model snc302eeh
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~2659 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 6/8/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 106.46 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB

a c 202 U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 7:49:29 PM

here the driver for the onboard video.
ftp://ftp.biostar-usa.com/drivers/Video/VIAP4M800_16944...
if it boots fine from onboard i leave it alone..the mb only has a agp slot...very old and not worth upgrading..you cant use agp card in the newer mb that are out now. your better off starting a pc fund so when the old girl dies you can replace it.
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June 24, 2012 8:10:05 PM

smorizio said:
here the driver for the onboard video.
ftp://ftp.biostar-usa.com/drivers/Video/VIAP4M800_16944...
if it boots fine from onboard i leave it alone..the mb only has a agp slot...very old and not worth upgrading..you cant use agp card in the newer mb that are out now. your better off starting a pc fund so when the old girl dies you can replace it.


I put a AGP DDR2 Nvidia card in to see if it was my monitor or the system board, VIA/S3G Unichrome Pro IGP that was not working.
The Nvidia card is not very good in graphics.

Can I just buy a new motherboard and use the ram that is in this system?
Which is better Intel boards or AMD boards?

And where do I extract the file too?
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a c 202 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 8:51:19 AM

make a folder in download called drivers. then tell the program to unzip the files to C:\dowload\drivers..
for nvidia you want to go to there web page and under geoforce drivers let nvida web page auto detect your video card and show you if you have any newer drivers for it.
most new mb dont have any ide controllers on them. most mb have gone all sata.
if your looking for a cheap gaming rig look at the intel g line of cpu or the i3-2100.
then use a micro atx mb that has one pci video slot on it..if it has two or you go with a larger mb that be fine too.
4 gig of ram as a min...if you can swing 8 that be even better.
min gaming card is nvidia 550ti or amd 7750.
if money is tight then a faster pc then the old one would be one with a amd chip with a gpu built in. save some money as the amd chip has a gaming gpu built into it. just make sure you spend some cash on a good power supply. going cheap you can end up killing your gaming rig.
dell and hp are not bad for the price if your a light gamer..they have small power supply and low end gaming cards.
but there find for web and daily use.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 28, 2012 9:00:02 AM

If you replace the motherboard, you'll have to replace CPU, RAM, power supply, hard drive and DVD drive as well. What do you use your system for? If you told me your budget, I recommend something. Cheapest option would cost around $300 for upgrading all the mentioned parts.
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June 29, 2012 1:26:45 PM

Sunius said:
If you replace the motherboard, you'll have to replace CPU, RAM, power supply, hard drive and DVD drive as well. What do you use your system for? If you told me your budget, I recommend something. Cheapest option would cost around $300 for upgrading all the mentioned parts.


I use my system for everyday use on the web, a lot of picture editing and software for printing photos. Some gaming but not everyday. I also use it for excel spreadsheets.

Budget would be around $500 to $700 unless i could find one that would last a few years at a cheaper price.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
June 29, 2012 2:09:29 PM

For that price, you could build a whole new system. It would last you a very long time. Let's say $600:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
Total: $608.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
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a b U Graphics card
June 29, 2012 3:30:14 PM

Sunius said:
For that price, you could build a whole new system. It would last you a very long time. Let's say $600:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
Total: $608.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

hey i suggest before going for an i3 2120 just wait for an ivy bridge 13,s
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July 3, 2012 1:48:45 AM

Sunius said:
For that price, you could build a whole new system. It would last you a very long time. Let's say $600:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS90 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.95 @ B&H)
Total: $608.85
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)


Is it better to build our own or look for one already together?
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a c 291 U Graphics card
July 3, 2012 1:58:22 PM

beach_52 said:
Is it better to build our own or look for one already together?


By far. You save money, you can make sure you get quality parts, you can make sure you have an upgrade path and most importantly, using such self built computer you can really feel you're using your own.
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July 6, 2012 1:04:36 AM

Best answer selected by beach_52.
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