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Graphics Card help please

By zoljin
Sep 11, 2008
  1. Hello everybody so I have been playing the Warhammer online beta and feel that my computer just doesnt do it , ive ordered new ram and now im looking at a new graphics card. I appreciate any help I can get as I am no expert at computers.

    within the price range 0-150 euro.

    Heres my current setup:

    OS:
    Windows XP Home

    CPU :
    3,00 gigahertz Intel Pentium
    CPU socket: Socket 478 mPGA

    Motherboard:
    Board: ASUSTeK Computer INC. Blazer 1.xx
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 3.28 08/27/2004
    North Bridge: Intel i865P/PE/G/i848P Rev. A2
    South Bridge: Intel 82801EB (ICH5) Rev. A2
    System slots: 6 PCI, 1 AGP

    Current Card:
    Display Adapter: Sapphire RADEON X1600 PRO
    Video Processor: Radeon X1600 Series AGP
    Video memory size: 256 megabytes
    Adapter DAC type: Internal DAC (400 mhz)

    Probably a bunch of irrelevant info there but I really dont want to end up buying the wrong card so I took the extra precautions!

    I APPRECIATE ANY AND ALL HELP

    Cheers,
    Alex
     
  2. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 4,265   +42

    looks like your board supports agpx4. Not many if not any at all 3rd party companies sell those. You may be able to find something on ebay though.
     
  3. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    You're going to be limited with the older hardware but it's still possible to have a decent setup with an AGP or even a PCI graphics card. Unfortunately, the higher-end AGP cards like the 7900GS and the 7950GT aren't in production anymore and could be difficult to find. I believe there exists an nVidia 8000 series PCI card but I could be wrong, perhaps made by Sparkle? There are still some decent AGP cards on the market, but for the most part everything is PCI-E now.
     
  4. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,638


    any AGP card will work in those slots, although that is not to say his computer will run the game as he wants.
     
  5. zoljin

    zoljin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hmmmm hang on a sec
     
  6. zoljin

    zoljin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Would this work??

    Sapphire ATI Radeon HD2600Pro 512MB - TV-Ut / DVI (AGP)

    http://www.sapphiretech.com/us/products/products_overview.php?gpid=180&grp=2

    # 390 million transistors on 65nm fabrication process
    # 128-bit DDR2/GDDR3/GDDR4 memory interface
    # Ring Bus Memory Controller
    # Unified Superscalar Shader Architecture
    # Full support for Microsoft® DirectX® 10.0
    # Dynamic Geometry Acceleration
    # Anti-aliasing features
    # Texture filtering features
    # ATI Avivo™ HD Video and Display Platform
     
  7. zoljin

    zoljin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    or this one

    MSI GeForce 7600GT 512MB (NX7600GT-TD512) - AGP / TV-Ut / DVI


    Features:
    • OpenGL 2.0 Optimizations and Support
    • NVIDIA® nView® Multi-Display Technology
    • NVIDIA® Digital Vibrance Control® 3.0 Technology
    • Dual 400MHz RAMDACs
    • Dual-Link DVI Support
    • 90nm Process Technology
    • Built for Microsoft® Windows™ Vista

    Only thing that concerns me is the built for Windows Vista
     
  8. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,638

    neither one of those will really be a gaming card, but either should be better than what u had.
     
  9. zoljin

    zoljin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What about this one!

    Club3D ATI Radeon HD3850 AGP Edition 512MB (CGA-3852DD) - AGP / DVI / TV-Ut


    Features:
    Performance
    - GPU: ATI RV670
    - GPU speed: 668 MHz
    - Shaders: 320 stream
    - Memory Size: 512 MB
    - Memory Type: GDDR3
    - Memory Speed: 1656 MHz
    - Memory Bandwidth: 256 BIT
    - Multi VGA Ready: 0
    - DirectX: 10
    - OpenGL: 2
    - DVI dual link: 2
    - TV-out
    - HDTV 720p/1080i
    - HDTV / /720p/1080p
    - HDCP
    - Cooling: Active
    - PCB size: Full size
    - Format: AGP
     
  10. zoljin

    zoljin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    also opened up my pc and found out some info on my PSU

    Its a Delta Electronics
    Model : DPS- 460 DB
    and has a max output of 460 W

    would this be efficient for the above graphics card?
     
  11. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,286   +25

    Your PSU provides a total of 32A on the +12V rails combined, more than enough for the HD 3850. You're good to go.
     
     
  12. zoljin

    zoljin TS Rookie Topic Starter

    thanks for all the help im the new happy owner of a HD 3850 :)
     
  13. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,638

    I am happy u found a good card, and I think u will be happy with that card.
     
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