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Upgrading a dead Radeon X850 XT 258MB card

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November 28, 2012 2:33:27 PM

The Radeon X850 XT 256MB card in my old desktop just died. I could purchase another one, but I was wondering if there is a better card to purchase that would be an upgrade, yet is still compatible with my old PC.

The desktop is a 2005 Sony Vaio running Windows XP Media Edition (service Pack 3), dual Pentium D 3.00GHz processor, with 1GB RAM. I have a Sony LCD 1280x1024 DVI monitor. The video card slot is a PCI Express X16, but I'm not sure of the version number.

Although the desktop is primarily used for digital mapping graphics, I also like to play the older FPS games such as the earliest Call of Duty (1 and 2), Medal of Honor (up through Pacific), and Brothers in Arms (1 and 2) games.

Would a Radeon X1950 XTX be a good and compatible upgrade or would something else be better/more compatible?
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November 28, 2012 3:32:11 PM

I'd go with a modern upgrade like a 7750. It's compatible and when you want to upgrade other parts of your system it won't slow you down as much.

Here's the cheapest one on Newegg with DDR5 which I recommend.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 28, 2012 3:41:49 PM

zdbc13,

Isn't the 7750 a version 3.0 PCI Express? Would that be compatible with what is probably a version 1.0 slot in a 2005 computer?
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a b U Graphics card
November 28, 2012 3:48:01 PM

If you could post your mobo model name we could see. PCIe 2.0 did exist in 2005 so you never know...
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November 28, 2012 5:11:25 PM

It is compatible, but there have been problems with select pci-e 2.1/3.0 cards in a 1.0 slot. Would need to know your motherboard.
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November 28, 2012 8:00:08 PM

Using CPU-Z, the listing for the mobo are:

Manufacturer: Intel
Model: Prague AAD12395-206
Chipset: Intel i945P Rev 00
Southbridge: Intel 82801GB (ICH7/R) Rev. A1
LPCIO: SMSC LPC47M182
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a c 105 U Graphics card
November 28, 2012 8:11:02 PM

I used to have an x850xt. it might' have been AGP. make sure you have the right card/slot.
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November 28, 2012 9:10:32 PM

Keep in mind that the power of the PentiumD is only enough to run a 3850 or 4670. Any gpu more powerful will be cpu bound. If you are running AGP then either of those will need special drivers called Hotfix Drivers since they were not made for the AGP bus so manufacturers used an agp bridge chip on them hence the need for the special drivers.

If you hace PCIe and want new then I would suggest a 6670. Anything more powerful would be a waste of money.
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November 29, 2012 12:35:05 AM

Popatim,

I see most HD 6670 cards listed as using PCI-E v2.1. Will that work with what appears to be a version 1 PCI-Express x16 bus?
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November 30, 2012 1:36:46 PM

All versions of PCI-E are backward compatible, so if you really have a PIC-E slot and not AGP you will be able to use any modern card. The biggest consideration after that is power supply. And yes, a 7750 may be CPU bound but looking at the future, you may want to upgrade your CPU and motherboard some day. Or you may want to replace your whole rig. It all depends on your individual upgrade path.
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November 30, 2012 1:47:01 PM

I think I found a diagram of your motherboard and it looks like you have a PIC-e slot:

http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=672...

The power draw on either a 6670 or 7750 is about the same. The 6670 is substantially cheaper. I'd go with that.
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December 14, 2012 7:24:50 PM

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