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Upgrading Graphics Card... Which one????

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by dragonz17, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. dragonz17

    dragonz17 Regular member

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    Hey there, I am currently using an ATI Radeon 9200 Atlantis 256MB graphics card, I am considering upgrading to a faster/better graphics card in order to reap the benefits Windows Vista has on offer.

    I have an ASRock K7VT4A+ Motherboard.

    I found two that are within my price range (£50-£60)

    ATI X1300 512MB PCI-E VGA + DVI-I Graphics Video Card

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI....MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=140073709611&rd=1&rd=1

    256/512MB nVidia GeForce 7300 PCI-E Graphics Video Card

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI....MEWA:IT&viewitem=&item=140072530922&rd=1&rd=1

    Thanks.

    -Simon
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    doesn't that board have an agp slot & if so than can't use a pci/e videocard without also upgrading motherboard, cpu & possibly ram & psu? just checked your motherboard manual & you have a 4x\9x agp slot & 5 pci slots so can't use a pci/e card on that board.
     
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    dragonz17 Regular member

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    Cheers for the reply ddp, can you be advice me on which graphics card would be worthwhile on my mainboard? (A good overall one- from which I will be using with new games like Fifa 07, F.E.A.R. etc)
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150210
    I have the above card, but mine is a PCI-E card. Not sure how much that would effect it's quality. But i can play F.E.A.R. just fine without lowering any graphics quality.
    It also plays the newest most demanding game i have found, Rainbow 6 Vegas.
    I doubt highly that any of the cards below $100 US will play most of the newer games.
    You also have to take into account your processor and RAM
    Like mine is a core2duo 2.13GHz (overclocked to 2.5 per core)
    with 2GB of RAM
     
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    Cheers for the reply guys.

    At the moment, I have got an 480 WATT whisper quiet power supply, so I should have no power problems.

    @steimy

    Your PC specs are great, I've only got an AMD 2800+ XP pushing 512MB of DDR RAM :( (Desperatly in need of upgrading lol)

    @demon406

    Cheers for the link, any chance of a UK link for the same product?

    -Simon
     
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    @demon406

    Cheers for the link, The AGP graphics cards are tooooo expensive.
    For £136, I could buy a new up-to-date motherboard with a CPU, memory and a fan and still have money left over to pay for the postage.
     
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