Worthless Rig Appraisal

By DrKissinger1
Apr 5, 2005
  1. I have a fine system at home; nothing too outrageous, but its 2.5 ghz and beautiful LCD screen have been ever-faithful to me. However, as I've posted on another board, my GeForce 4 Ti has completely crapped out, meaning that I won't be able to immediately jump back into the wonderful world of gaming when I return from school. However, I have found this:

    Not only is this a great make, it also has a lifetime warranty. Unheard of. Problem? It's probably going to run me up to $350, which I can not afford out of my college subsistance fund. Solution? TCNJ gave me a free laptop as part of my scholarship, which, I believe, would have cost about $1100. Without a monster video card, however, this laptop is practically worthless to me. Computer access is easier to find on this campus than herpes simplex. Therefor and so on, tell me how much you think I could get for this machine:

    Dell LATITUDE D505 Laptop
    14" LCD Screen
    Intel Pentium M 1400 Mhz Processor
    512 MB RAM
    Dell Wireless WLAN 1350 WLAN Mini-PCI Card
    Intel PRO/100 Ethernet NIC Card
    30 GB internal hard drive
    HL-DT-ST DVD+RW Drive
    Intel Extreme Graphics 2 For Mobile graphics card.
  2. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    Enought to buy a 6800gt. :)
  3. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    That 6800GT is a PCI Express card and wont work in your system. You need an AGP card. You can get a Radeon 9800 Pro for about $150 or an AGP 6600GT for about $200. Considering your processor is only 2.5g Id go with the 9800. Its a great card. I can play Half Life 2 at 1600x1200 with everything on high.
  4. DrKissinger1

    DrKissinger1 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Out of curiosity, how did you know that a PCI card wouldn't work with my computer based off what I said?

    I am still looking at different cards, though. BFG has a bunch of different models: 6800, 6600, 6600 OC, PCI, AGP, blah blah.
  5. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    If you want that bfg 6800gt and want it to be compatible with your computer get the agp version.
    How people know that your computer is not pci-e is that pci-e is new and if your computer has a geforce 4200, then it likely is several years old now.
  6. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,377

    You said you had a Geforce Ti which is AGP. The 6800 series cards are total overkill for your system unless you are going to upgrade the motherboard and processor.
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