need help with video card

By nickv91489
Jul 18, 2006
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  1. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    so gettin all this new stuff, are my stock parts going to be able to handle all of it?
  2. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    This is like a chat :) We're writing very fast :haha:

    And yes, your stock parts will work fine. The only thing they may do is bottleneck your new video card.
  3. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    Yeah, everything else should be up to the task. You could throw in another stick of 512MB PC2700 if you want, but it's not necessary.
  4. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    bottleneck?
  5. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    how much would the memory cost?
  6. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    i think i bought memory for a wicked old comp long time ago could i use that?
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,282   +24

    Nice to see two nicks in the same forum :)
    As for the RAM, u can use it but make sure the speed is supported by the motherboard. I would recommend the same brands & speeds of RAM to be used though, for best performance that is. If ur PC supports dual-channel RAM, ur best bet would be to get a dual-channel RAM kit from a good company like OCZ, Crucial, Corsair or, for a cheaper alternative, Kingston.
  8. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    well its old ram for a new comp so i should be good rihgt?
  9. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    once i put it in where do i see whats on it?
  10. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    once i put in the old ram how do i look at what is stored on it?
  11. nickslick74

    nickslick74 Newcomer, in training Posts: 883

    You should be careful what memory you put in there. If the memory is old it might be PC100/133 and it wouldn't fit. If its PC2100 (ddr 266) then your stick of PC2700 (ddr 2700) will be clocked down to the PC2100 speed. Your Mobo will support either PC2100/2700 but its usually not a good idea to mix speeds or different brands of memory. Your 512MB of mem shouuld be fine for now. You can save up for a while and buy a matched set of memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820141434
     
  12. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    what does bottleneck mean?
  13. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,420   +217

    There won't be anything stored on it. RAM doesn't store data. That's a job for the hard drive, optical drive media, floppies, etc.

    A bottleneck is the slowest or weakest part of your system which would prevent other components from performing at their peak abilities.
  14. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    The bottleneck would be probably the PC2700 RAM, but nothing to worry about.
  15. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    well thank you all. im going to get that psu that wolfram mentioned and i can get a good vid card so problem solved (kinda). i still lagg for now but w/e.

    nick
  16. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Good luck!
  17. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

  18. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    It should be good. Just make sure it will fit :)

    PD: I forgot :p, what video card are you gonna buy?
  19. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    radeon x1600 pro
  20. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    how do i put the cooler on the vid card tho?
  21. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Any specific model? Just to make sure if it will fit.
  22. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    SAPPHIRE 100158L Radeon X1600PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card
  23. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    will that work with my comp and the new psu
  24. nickv91489

    nickv91489 Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 37

    btw is that "thinking" sound the sound that the psu makes?
  25. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    First, to install the cooler, you'll need some instructions that should come with it.
    Second, the card should work on your machine with a better PSU of course. But are you aware of the X1600 "frezzing problem"? X1600 cards, especially sapphire's (and AGP cards) freeze whenever 3d is rendered. Just check the reviews on Newegg.com and you'll know what I mean.
    Third, " a thinking sound"?? What do you mean?
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