Graphics upgrade, only have PCI slot

By emman186
Jan 31, 2010
  1. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Welcome and goodluck
  2. emman186

    emman186 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Okay , thanks . I already found HD3850 AGP , and it costs $192 singapore dollars . And the PSU requirements is 450W and above which costs $149 singapore dollars .
  3. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    I have no idea about value of Singaporean dollar, however, if its available grab and run with it :)

    Reasonably powerful AGP graphic cards are hard to come by these days.
  4. emman186

    emman186 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Okay, thanks.
  5. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Singapore dollars is about the same as Australian dollars, which is about AUD$1: USD$0.80.

    Which makes that card a very expensive low-end card.

    Doesn't change the fact that his system's spec still doesn't meet the requirements for L4D2 no matter what. CPU requirements says minimum is a Core2Duo, and as far as I know, LGA775 motherboards with AGP slots are pretty hard to come by.
  6. emman186

    emman186 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Mine is a Pentium 4 .
  7. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    I guessed as much. Which means you wouldn't be able to play L4D2 very smoothly, if at all.

    Upgrading your graphics card to the best available for the AGP system won't help too much I suspect, even with everything turned way down....

    Anything that would plug into your current system would not be value for money; performance/$ would be very low, plus (depending on exactly how old your system is) the fact that you may start to have "aging" problems with your computer. Components like the CPU might have a long life, but motherboard capacitors don't; PSU's have caps which fail with time too; and don't forget HDDs, which can fail even when new are much much more likely to fail after 5 years.

    So unless you absolutely cannot wait to upgrade and can't afford anything better, or have some program with will run only on that PC (or some other reason not to change to a whole new PC), I suggest you get a new one.
  8. jojodancer

    jojodancer TS Member Posts: 65

  9. ucould2

    ucould2 TS Guru Posts: 271

    poor link....

    poor link took a while but I think this was the reference :confused:
    Not that we think that @jojodancer you're boasting at all about that new config. Antec 300 case etc. etc.etc. :grinthumb
  10. Badfinger

    Badfinger TS Rookie Posts: 155

    That rig is at least 10 years old, time to junk it and start over IMHO.
    Roughly $600 would get you a packaged system at a store that would be a huge upgrade.
  11. SiLeNt1

    SiLeNt1 TS Rookie

    The best advice we can give you is to upgrade your system as well.
    Seeing as most new games, assuming thats what you are gona use it for as well, needs a lot of processing power, upgrade to atleast a core 2 duo. It is alot cheaper to buy new these days than trying to upgrade an old pc.

    If you need info on specific options, ask again!
  12. emman186

    emman186 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    How to upgrade to intel core 2 duo ?
  13. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,682   +86

    Keeping in view your old system specs, its pretty much a new system except monitor I think. You will need to replace:

    1. Motherboard
    2. CPU
    3. RAM
    4. HDD (as I think your old one may be an IDE HDD)
    5. PSU
    6. Graphics Card
    7. ATX Casing
    8. Keybaord & Mouse

    Now; if you have a general idea how much you'd want to spend on this upgrade; let us know as it will enable us to advise more appropriately.
  14. emman186

    emman186 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    thx people , i really appreciate all you guys .. ( =
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