I have just got a new Dell 2707 monitor but my 128MB agp graphics card is struggling. My PC has 2GB RAM but only has a 300W power supply and I would like to hear of a reasonably priced agp card to fully enjoy my monitor. I do not use my PC for any games, just the Adobe Creative Suite3 design premium and page layouts.
Sorry, I should have mentioned that the cpu in my pc is a 3.06ghz (p4 I think) and the card is a "Sparkle" read NVIDIA GeForce4 MX440-8X AGP8X. The OS is XP Pro. When I say the card is struggling it seems that after approx 10 minutes the screen image starts to flicker as though it is not getting a constant signal (if that is the correct expression. Is there any other information I can provide?
If it does it with time then the card might be overheating. Is the fan still running on the graphics card? The problem with getting a new one is you need one that will work with a 300 watt power supply, the GeForce 7300SE is the replacement for the MX line and as such should run using the same power, its not any better as a card though. I can't personally recommend any particular card as according to the specs even a rather lowely FX5500 recommends a 350 watt power supply, I'm not saying it wouldn't run on a 300 watt one I'm just saying its their recommendation.
I took the cover off the Pc, and your suspicions are well founded. The cooling fan on the card is not spinning. It is almost impossible to rotate per hand! I think I understand your advice re the 7300se card but stress I am not looking to run games, just view page layout stuff. The monitor is currently displaying at 1900x1200 and if a 7300se can feed that through my 300W power supply then I would be happy.
Mitch 5061 Your power supply is too low 400watt + is the current norm for most AGP not necessarily games photos need to look great. regular habit use a very light brush and dust the inside of your PC including fans suck out the dust generated carefully 1900x1200 does take more power the higher the definition the greedier it is