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In need of some Video Card Upgrading advice

By tarheelfan
Sep 23, 2005
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  1. Ok, so my computer is getting pretty old and I am looking to do some upgrading. I am using an Asus A7S333 Mobo with 266Mhz FSB and a 2x,4X AGP slot. Currently I have an Athlon 2100+XP with 768MB of 2700RAM. My video card is a Radeon 9000 64MB.

    I'd really like to extend the gamelife of my computer. I can run CS:Source on low-medium detail with a decent ping but that seems to be my limit. So I have 2 questions.

    1)What would be my best bet on a video card without my FSB bottlenecking?

    2) Would it be worth it to upgrade my CPU to a 2800+ XP?

    My budget is limited so I wouldn't be putting any high end cards in. This would be my last update before I bite the bullet and get a new one. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Posts: 376

    if i were you i would upgrade the motherboard and not the CPU.
    1. Because your motherboard only supports upto 4x AGP and
    2. Because if you want to upgrade your CPU, you may need a new mobo to support the CPU. try http://www.bizrate.com/marketplace/product_info/details__cat_id--419,prod_id--245630245.html for details on a good motherboard.

    If you don't buy a new motherboard then i suggest saving your money, just buy a new graphics card for the time being, like the nVidia GeForce 6600GT for AGP. Use it for a few months then when you buy your whole new pc, you can buy a motherboard with an nForce 3 chipset that supports AGP.
  3. gibbocool

    gibbocool TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Yeah either upgrade your motherboard and get a 6600GT
    or
    grab a 6600GT anyways and use that.
    The first option will give you much better performance.
  4. jarvis

    jarvis TS Rookie Posts: 113

    It is definetly not worth it to buy a 2800+ XP. If you want a new processor and mobo you should look into an 939 pin mobo that will support an athlon 64 90nm processor. You can find a good combo for around $200.00.

    http://www.smksuperstore.com/catalog/view.asp?ID=13872

    With that combo you'll be able to get an AGP 8x card. But if your budget is limited right now I would just get a 6600GT or if you want to spend $40.00 more a 6800.
  5. C_Conqueror

    C_Conqueror TS Rookie Posts: 217

    Yeah like everyone said get a new motherboard; and if you want it to last get a new proccessor, You should just spend a little more and get this instead of update one more time. It will be cheaper in the long run

    processor
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819103537

    motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813130514

    graphics card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150106

    How are you on memory you should make sure that you have at least 512 mb but I recomend 1 gb

    Get this and you should see a huge jump in proformance
  6. pkroks

    pkroks TS Rookie Posts: 376

    ...get the asus a8n sli deluxe...

    :approve:
  7. tarheelfan

    tarheelfan TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the advice guys. I was hoping I could squeeze a little more time outta my 2100XP but you guys pretty much confirmed what I was denying. I think I'll just make do with what I have for now and just wait till I can afford a new computer.
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