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9800 Pro on older computer

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March 16, 2004 2:55:03 AM

I have been wanting to upgrade my video card for a while and so I couldn't pass up the latest $200 deal for a 9800 Pro. My question is simple. In your opinions will my computer be able to run this card smoothly or will I run into any potential big problems. My specs are as follows:

Asus A7V266-E motherboard
AMD Athlon XP 1700
512 MB PC2100 ram
40 gig 7200 rpm HDD
Nvidia Geforce 3 ti 200 (current video card)
DVD rom
CD-RW
Floppy drive
Network card with cable modem
56k dial modem
Firewire card
AC97 onboard sound
AGI HEC-300AR 300 watt Power supply

I will probably install it this weekend when I have time to trouble shoot any issues without driving myself crazy. I have read some of the other folks troubles and hope I don't encounter any of them. I have done a fair amount of computer upgrading in the past, and had problems, but none that I couldn't work through.

Any opinions would be much appreciated.
Thanks
The "BunMan"


<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by bunman on 03/16/04 00:20 AM.</EM></FONT></P>
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March 16, 2004 3:07:58 AM

It SHOULD work fine, but COULD have problems getting enough power from that power supply.

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March 16, 2004 11:51:01 AM

I think you will have to turn off the DVD or the Cd.rw. Only the PS can trouble you like was said.

P4-2800->FSB800, Asus P4P800, 512DDR-400, Radeon 9800 Pro - 128Mb
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March 16, 2004 3:15:54 PM

Let me know how it goes. I have a very similar config and I am going to install a 9800Pro. I was thinking to avoid power supply problems using and old AT 200W PSU for DVD, CD-RW and 9800Pro.

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Still looking for a <b>good online retailer</b> in Spain :frown:
March 16, 2004 3:31:01 PM

The nice thing about that upgrade (at that price) is that if you upgrade to a new machine in a while, you won't need to buy a new card, just move it over as it is a top notch card.
March 16, 2004 3:56:45 PM

Well, in fact that's half of my current upgrade. A mobile Barton 2400+ 266FSB is waiting, my 8KHA+ is anger :wink:

I hope I can make it run with no problems! That would be greeeeat!!!


Still looking for a <b>good online retailer</b> in Spain :frown:
March 16, 2004 4:18:18 PM

I did a very similar upgrade and I certainly did not have enough power from my 300w to run the system. Also, the overall performance of your system in gaming will be limited to somewhere around a 9600pro/xt.
March 20, 2004 3:58:05 AM

I wanted to thank everyone who commented to my question. And also to say that I installed the 9800 pro into my computer without a single hitch tonight. I played Call of Duty, Day of Defeat, watched part of Men in Black, and played with a bunch of the DX9 demos. Haven't found a single problem yet, and the card obviously blew my G3 ti 200 all to heck. I hope that this may help someone else with an old computer who would like to upgrade just the video card without too much apprehension.
Thanks
Bun
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