i was playing a game the other day and my graphics card went and died on me so now im stuck with a 2mb one. whats teh best card for me to get? i have a AMD Athlon 64 processor and 1gb ram. my old card i think was a 256mb ati r96? not entirely sure, but was capable of playing games like oblivian or near to/top settings. whats the best card to get for about £100(max)? ive tried places like ebuyer and the best i have found so far is the sapphire radeon x1650pro 256 but i dont actually know what to look for in a graphics card. any help would be much appreciated
The link umbongo(uk) gives is to what is probably one of the best AGP cards out there and its a good price too. One word of warning, check what your power supply is rated at in watts, there will be a label on it somewhere and you might need to replace the power supply as well if you upgrade to this card - depending on what you have.
Im running windows xp on a AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3400+ with a MSI K8MM-ILSR motherboard, and my current graphics card a RADEON 9800 SERIES 256mb, would the graphics card recommended (HIS X1950Pro 256MB ) work with that set up, have agp slot.
DJfree33 better to start your own thread as biscuitboy will get an email everytime someone types in here. But to answer your question yes, it will work but you have the same problem biscuitboy has, it requires a stable fairly powerful power supply, and if you don't have that it would need replaced as well. The 9800 Pro was good in its time but the Radeon X1950 Pro is way beyond that, but then its been quite a few years. IF you are keeping that PC for a while its a good investment BUT you have to consider that if you get a new PC it will have a PCI Express slot so you won't be able to use the AGP card if you buy a new PC - mind you could sell it second hand later. It depends on whether you're keeping the PC you have now for a while or not.
Just had a look at the power supply requirements for this card and its high. Minimum 450 watts BUT for that to work it must be a good make branded one capable of sustaining 30 amps on the 12 volt rail. You don't need to know what this is guys just suffice to say a cheap unbranded power supply would really struggle to provide this. I doubt either of you will have a power supply more powerful than 400 watts unless it was custom built. A 550 watt one is recommended, just to be safe. On the plus side, a decent power supply can be kept and used again on your next PC so its not a waste, decent branded ones come in about the £50 mark.