hi, i've got an aging system but cant yet afford a new one. my biggest problem is my graphics card. its an old nvidia geforce2 mx 100/200 64mb. its in the only agp slot on my vc31 motherboard. i would like to buy a more powerful card but it would have to be agp compatable as the pci slots are not the express type. also i dont want to get new power supplies and coolers etc if possible. can you still get cards to fit and where from? i can fit it myself using on line instructions but i'm worried about matching it to the motherboard, slot, pin numbers etc. any guidance would be appreciated and i've put more of my computer specs below, thanks
2ghz pentium 4, 512mb ram, xp home sp2, if you need any further details to help me let me know, thanks again
Theres little point in spending a huge amount of money on a graphics card as the 2 ghz processor just won't make best use of it. Therefore something like a FX 5500 click here or a 6200 click here would be reasonable in my opinion.
thanks for the guidance, but how do i check if my motherboard is 8x agp like the graphic cards are. i cant find an online manual and searching through my system doesn't reveal the speed. also i've got a 300w power supply, would that be enough for the cards suggested? thanks
I read that the 7600GS needs more power than you have and for that reason I wouldn't buy it. The ATI card might be ok but I doubt it. The 6200 needs between 250 and 300 watts so that should be ok, the 5500 seems to need a minimum 250 watts so that should be ok as well. Your AGP slot may well not be an 8x slot it might be 4x but I wouldn't worry too much about it as the difference is not as great as you might think, the 8x slot is not twice as fast as the 4x slot so I wouldn't worry about it.
Yeah, the 6200 might do well enough (I don't know what he intends to play), but I think the cards I recommended will work with a 300w PSU. They were never really performance cards, and won't draw much power. I know that the 7600GS is particularly light in it's power usage. It's very efficient.