New graphics card for gaming

By himanshu007
Feb 5, 2010
  1. i am having p4 2.8 ghz system with, 1 gb ram,160gb hard disk,win xp and via p4m800 motheroard.. i want to buy a graphic card for gaming . my motherboard is having a agp 8x slot. i want to buy a 512 mb card but my power supply is of 270 watt is it necessary to buy a 300-350 watt power supply for normal gaming..???? does it work with 270 watt one???
  2. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +8

    The best AGP cards out there are the Radeon HD 3850 and HD 4670. I think that the HD 3850 performs slightly better in newer games due to higher bus width. Get whichever is cheaper.

    You will require a better PSU. Atleast something like the Corsair 400CX. If you buy a cheaper brand, I suggest you get a minimum 450 - 500W.
  3. himanshu007

    himanshu007 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    a 270 watt psu will work or not for normal gaming.......???
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    No you will need to change your PSU as well; Ritwik offered the right choices for your new graphics card; and I believe you'll be well off if you go for atleast a 400+ W PSU from a reputable manufacturer.
  5. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Gotta know what kinda games you wanna play. If all you wanna do is play Starcraft.....

    However, if you're thinking of running Battlefield: Bad Company 2..... you would need a new PC.
  6. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    CMH is right, tell us more please :) . While what was suggested above is correct and will get ya on the right foot, if you end up playing a modern game that won't really help you much as you're running an older processor with a gig of RAM.
  7. himanshu007

    himanshu007 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    problem is that without graphic card my pc is not running call of duty ,fifa 2009 and many more.....!!!! and i know that i am using an older processor ,previously i had a 350 watt psu bt as it get damaged so i am using a older one.. i also want to buy a new pc bt right now i cant afford it now as i am an 1st yr engineering student.
  8. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    You will struggle to get much out from the graphic card options available for your pc; from most newer games frankly. Probably Fifa may turns out to work ok, older COD too.
  9. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,672   +8

    The AGP cards I linked to are pretty expensive considering the fact that you could get a Radeon HD 4850 or 4770 (PCI-E) at that price which would give you more than double the performance.

    I suggest that you start saving for a new PC if you want to play high end games such as Crysis, S.T.A.L.K.E.R - Clear Sky, etc. However, for the games you mentioned, the HD 3850 would do fine.

    Where exactly are you located?
  10. himanshu007

    himanshu007 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i lives in new delhi
  11. CMH

    CMH TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,039   +9

    Personally I wouldn't bother to upgrade an AGP system.... For one, they're pretty old, and its just a matter of time before the caps on the m/b blow out, or some other problem crops up due to age.

    As you already mentioned, your newer PSU already died, and you're replacing it with an older PSU. Straining such a PSU with the biggest graphics card is just going to shorten whatever lifespan it has left.
  12. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,678   +85

    Coupled all the issues Ritwik and CMH elaborated very logically with my earlier assertion that with such an old rig you won't be going much further anyway; I'd say save money mate, and you'll be much happier once you get yourself a new computer :)
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