I'm an amatuer techie who enjoys upgrading my PC at home. I often jump into the technical side of PC hardware head first without a life jacket. I'm hoping that some of you folks can help me out when I get in a jam. Currently I am running: Duron 1300 Gigabyte 7IXE4 motherboard 768MB RAM RADEON VE (7000) 64MB My goal is to max this machine out and then retire from the PC upgrade world. I make enough money now that I can afford to buy a nice new laptop every few years that should get me by (at least until the next big 3D game comes out, then I'm sure I will lapse back into my techie ways). Anyway, I'm currently struggling with the world of AGP. My mobo was manufactured back in 2001 and I'm trying to figure out what video card I can use to max it out. I want DirectX 9 compatibility, but my board has a 3.3v AGP 2x slot. I've read a lot of bad news about putting a new 8x AGP card into an old slot, so I want to be sure I get a new card that won't fry my mobo. Right now I'm looking at GeForce FX5200 and RADEON 9600 cards. If anybody has any experience with putting the latest AGP cards into older slots then give me a reply. I'm trying to determine if the AGP slot on the Gigabyte 7IXE4 is AGP 1.0 or AGP 2.0 compliant. Regards!