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About ATI Radeon 9800XT

By crazdude
Aug 15, 2005
  1. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Do I think what would work? Upgrading to a gig of ram?

    Providing your buy the right type of ram for that motherboard, yes it would work.
     
  2. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    so dude cuz i install 9800xt and have no problems of my screen getting messed or things like that? even with 512 MB ram?
     
  3. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Hey, I can't promise you anything with computers.

    All I am saying is, according to the maker of your motherboard and that video card, yes they should work together. Even with only 512Mb ram. My only concern is your PSU. It "officially" has enough power (350W) but really those ratings mean nothing. If it is a cheap PSU, you may have problems after installing that 9800XT.
     
  4. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    With a few exeptions? You will want to be REAL sure that the motherboard I am saying is yours IS yours, without exeption otherwise all the info I have given you is wrong.

    I am pretty sure I have the right board though. You mention a sticker on your AGP slot saying do NOT put in a 3.3v card right? According to the website for your motherboard, that AGP slot is a 1.5v. Oh, and by the way, lower is better in this case.


    Oh, and my comment about the P4 was referring to a CPU only. Something to think about down the road.
     
  5. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    alright man, that helps, ill find out what the power supply makeer is seeing as right now am using my crappy pentium 3, ma bro using the good one. but yah, i check its 1.5 v, ur right, the info u gave me is exaclty right exept for the video card, its the same as named there but its onboard not intergrated. so yeah now once i get the card shud i disable the onboard card before installing the new one, or after? thats a nother question i have.
     
  6. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    a new tower eh, dunno, lol, well, ma parents have been thinking of getting my my own system for christmass, but this time i make sure it either has p4 with ht tech or an Anthlon 64 since am interested in gaming. wud b nice to find a system with PCI Express slots. then Radeon X850 wud b sweet.lol
     
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    I've heard the best way to do it is:

    1. Boot up in safe mode
    2. go into your device manager and delete the drivers for the onboard graphics
    3. Reboot computer and go into your bios, and change the settings for "boot up display" (or something similar) to "AGP".
    4. Shut off again, and install new card. Attach monitor to it.
    5. Boot up and install new drivers.

    "onboard" and "integrated" are two ways of saying the same thing ;)
     
  8. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    No no! I didn't mean getting a whole new computer (although that would be sweet). I'm just talking about getting a new CPU. Your motherboard gives you some decent options for upgrades. The motherboard is ready for you to pop a new P4 in it. :bounce:
     
  9. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    OMG, u serious? i thouhg Motherboards cud not take new processors.
     
  10. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    geez guess there is a lot for me to still learn. Yeah it also says it can support a p4 with HT on the site u gave me. hell the PSU is designed for p4, says it on the box.
     
  11. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    great, how much do you think a cpu with a p4 processor wud be? cuz then i need to get a job, lmao. And yeah i know what u mean on the change to agp stuff. it says to choose my primary port incase of multiple vid card. neways how do i install a new cpu with p4? heck if i did that wud i get more Ghz? cuz that wud b sweet, i shud get 1 gb ram 1st.
     
     
  12. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 3,566

    Upgrades are endless! :bounce:

    The good news is, you will be able to stay with that motherboard for quite some time, as it will let you pop in a decent CPU and more memory. The VGA slot is probably your biggest liability, but still acceptable for today's games.

    But before you go upgrading everything, I'd suggest taking a good hard look at that PSU you have. Once you find out who the maker is, do a google and find some reviews on it, or post it here and see what others have to say.

    As for the CPU, you can get yourself a P4 for just over a hundred bucks, or spend as much as $650, depending on what CPU you want. Do a search on www.newegg.com for LGA775 Pentium4 processors (and make sure that your motherboard can handle it by checking the supported CPU list on the website I gave you).

    Edit: try THIS link - I did the search on newegg for you :D
     
  13. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    see dude, if cpus r that expensive, hell i cuz just get me my own tower with p4, lol. but i rather have my own computer than shared. see if i get radeon 9800xt and intall on this pc, but then get another pc, heck am taking it out and putting it on the other one.
     
  14. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,198

    The good news for you is the 9800 XT has a molex connector, which you attach a harddrive power lead directly to the board. This is used to expand it's AGP slot compatibility as it converts the molex/power lead to power the card.

    You shouldn't have any problems installing the 9800 XT in that system, provided it fits physically. As far as the power supply goes- as it's a 350W, it should be more than enough provided it's not weak or old. Even at that, it's worth trying and seeing if you get stability. If not, you know you need to replace the power supply!

    As far as your CPU goes.. true, you wont be able to get the utmost/highest framerates possible that a 9800XT can provide, but on the flipside- you can layer up tons of graphics settings with likely no impact as you're CPU bound in games. This means, say you get 45 fps at 800x600... you'll likely still have 43-45 fps at 1280x1024 with anisotropic filtering and 2x antialiasing. This will allow you to play all your games you play now at similar framerates as you experience now, but with the ability to ramp up resolution and anisotropic filtering/antialiasing with little cost. This makes games look MUCH better.
     
  15. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    alright, thats good to hear, ill check my PSU makers when i dont feel lazy to open up my pc. well, see now i know i can install i need to know how do i ground myself so i wont screw up my system when installing. i heard and know people who have been dumb enouhg to let static electricity mess up their cards. so if anyone here knows whats the best and safest way, i wud like a step by step procedure. thank you
     
  16. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    and yeah about getting the best power outa the 9800, see, as long as i play some of the latest games, like age of empires 3 which is coming out this fall, and call of duty 2. well as long as i get to play those games, with at least the medium graphics, trust me, ill b happy cuz i know am playing, so yeah. as long as i can get decent graphics, and games will run smooth. will games run smooth? thats a question too.
     
  17. crazdude

    crazdude TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 198

    well my PSU says Turbo Link ATX swtichiable power supply. i think the makers r this Turbo Link, they any good?
     
  18. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,198

    What wattage does it report? I mean, if it says 350W on it.. go for it!

    It wont hurt your card if it has a weak power supply.. it'll only be the source of possible system freezes or lock-ups. I doubt it will be an issue though if it's a 350W power supply that is actually working well as-is now!

    Good luck!
     
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