I need to upgrade my video card.

By tombell
Feb 19, 2006
  1. I would like to get a new video card. Can anyone suggest one from looking at the information below?

    Name RADEON 7500 SERIES
    PNP Device ID PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_5157&SUBSYS_013A1002&REV_00\4&36560896&0&0008
    Adapter Type RADEON 7500 Series AGP (0x5157), ATI Technologies Inc. compatible
    Adapter Description RADEON 7500 SERIES
    Adapter RAM 64.00 MB (67,108,864 bytes)
    Installed Drivers ati2dvag.dll
    Driver Version
    INF File oem8.inf (ati2mtag_RV200 section)
    Color Planes 1
    Color Table Entries 4294967296
    Resolution 1152 x 864 x 75 hertz
    Bits/Pixel 32
    Memory Address 0xE8000000-0xEFFFFFFF
    I/O Port 0x0000C800-0x0000C8FF
    Memory Address 0xFF8F0000-0xFF8FFFFF
    IRQ Channel IRQ 16
    I/O Port 0x000003B0-0x000003BB
    I/O Port 0x000003C0-0x000003DF
    Memory Address 0xA0000-0xBFFFF
    Driver c:\windows\system32\drivers\ati2mtag.sys (, 963.50 KB (986,624 bytes), 8/4/2004 1:29 AM)
  2. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    We need to know if you have an AGP slot on your motherboard. I actually can't tell from your post if your 7500 is the PCI version or the AGP version, as it is saying both. It actually looks like you may be in luck, and have an AGP card though.... fingers crossed.....To do that, we need to know your motherboard's make/model. The simplest way I suppose, would be to download and run this program:

    And tell us what it says in the "mainboard" tab. Specifically your manufacturer and model number, but also under "graphic interface".
  3. 3rd_shift

    3rd_shift TS Rookie

    Definitely an agp video card would be nice if there is an agp slot available.
    ATI makes some very good AGP type video cards too.
    Thier 9000 series are a good place to start.
    So do a few others including Nvidia.
    The Nvidia drivers are a bit less hassle imo.
    As for Nvidia;
    Thier 6000 series or above are a good place to start.
    Follow the installation instructions 1st though.
    Good luck. :)
  4. tombell

    tombell TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Mainboard Stuff.

    Its an intel board c850mv.
    Agp version 2.0 4x 4x side board enabled.
    intel bios.
  5. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    Excellent. You have some nice upgrade options then (even though it is only 4x, this is still a good upgrade option).

    Next we need to know what kind of power supply you have, as this may also limit what kind of card you can get (or you may need to get a better PSU at the same time ($50 or so will get you a good one, so no worries)).

    Open up your case, and look at the sticker attached to your PSU. We need to know who made yours, and how many watts it is rated at.
  6. tombell

    tombell TS Rookie Topic Starter


    300 watts is what its listed at.
  7. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    It'll all depend on who the maker is. There is a HUGE range in quality between various 300w power supplies.

    One hint you can check (look on the same sticker) and tell us what it says under the 12v rail. How many amps?

    Anyways, with a 300w psu, you may be able to get yourself a pretty decent card.

    What kind of budget are you looking at?

    Cheap good card: 6600GT (agp version)
    High end: 7800GS
  8. tombell

    tombell TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Just Something

    Around a hundred or so, nothing fancy. I play Americas Army with a clan and I have noticed that I get killed alot because of lag.
  9. DonNagual

    DonNagual TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,404

    For America's Army, a 9800pro or 6600GT would be great (at that budget). What clan?

    I am in the IMCDN clan (52 honor). Great game.
  10. tombell

    tombell TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Iron Brigade

    IB=^Gen^Tinkerbell, 88 Honor, The Best Game.

    Thank you for answering so quickly.

    The 4x on the board, should the card be a 4x, (ATI All-In-Wonder 9800 Pro 128 MB 4X AGP Graphics Card).

    I don't see a 4x for the 6600 GT.
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