Hello everyone first time posting here and i have a problem with upgrading my system, first i guess i should tell you what im runing.
450 watt Antec Earthwatts
2 gb ram
socket 478 2.8 ghz intel pentium 4 400mhz fsb Northwood
Pioneer dvd drive
250gb western digital
windows xp home sp3
all on a pc chips m925alu v7.3
Well i tried to add a video card to it this week to upgrade its terrible integrated graphic, i tried to add a zotac zt-60604-10l card for pci, it didnt work my computer meets all the requirements to use it but when i turn the computer on it doesnt turn the monitor but when i hook the vga cable to the integrated graphics port it starts up just fine and the computer does recognize it because it says nvidia geforce gt 610 found. i just dont know what to do, im thinking it is a bad card or it wont work in my system. Please help guys!!
Then your best bet is the card I recommended.
AGP was a grapics hardware design from 2004-2005 that didn't work out. I built a system in Feb of 2005 and by the fall it was PCI 1.0.
Fortunately Radeon made some AGP cards when they came out with the 4000 series. They were good cards for their time but are dated now. This is now 2013 and based on your components I am guessing your computer was built in the end of 2004. You have had a good run but that machine will not run the newer games. 8+ years is a great run for a gaming computer. You neeed a new system.