Video Cards

By boogaboy
Nov 20, 2007
  1. Hi I have a HP Pavillion a735w PC with Windows XP Home Edition SP2. I have 2 GB of RAM newly installed (1 GB per slot, 2 GB is all my computer supports). I have an 80 GB internal hard drive with 40 GB free space, and an external 200 GB hard drive with 90 GB free space. I have a 2.10 GHz AMD Athlon XP 3000+ Processor. I am looking into buying the "Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro 7.1 Channels PCI Interface Sound Card" for my PC since i only have the factory installed one now. Im not much of a gamer or anything. Im looking for a video card that works great with video editing programs since that is my main reason for the purchase and for all around great graphics for whatever im doing (ex: movies, games, web browsing (if your video card affects that as well)). I would like the best possible quality i can get for a price of around $320 or less. Please let me know if i need to supply any more information that would help you with your decision. =] Thank you all very much.
  2. Fragrant Coit

    Fragrant Coit TS Guru Posts: 363

    Is the board AGP, or PCIe?

    If it's an Athlon, not Athlon64, it'll be AGP and your choices are limited.
  3. boogaboy

    boogaboy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so i need an AGP card? what are good choices of those?

    in terms of money and power as well as quality, these video cards would fit the bill. and the highest price is 290 dollars for the top link.

    i also took care to research what types of slots your motherboard has. according to some specs listed from HP, you have agp 8x slots. and both of those cards are agp 4x/8x form factor so they will fit.

    if you are installing a new video card, i would also suggest looking into a new power supply. i can only imagine that computer came with a stock piece of crap power supply. you'll want to be careful with installing a new piece of hardware on something with a power supply as crappy as the one that comes with the box.

    with the money you save from the video card, buy a nice power supply like the antec earthwatts 500 watt power supply.

    take care.
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