I have a PC that is approx 5 years old. The cooling fan on the graphics card has become very noisy. I have been looking for a replacement fan, but this seems to be a bit risky (lots of discussions about new fans have different mouting pisitions or the new fans foul other components on the card. I'm guessing it may be easier to just replace the graphics card. I have no real interest in high end gaming, so just want a card that has similar capabilities to the original (but if its slightly better thats obviously fine). Can anyone suggest what alternative graphics card I should be looking for
PCA JAN?FEB 2009 gave HD 4550 as best budget card, I got one in Maplin sale for £49.99. PCA said Geforce was £5 cheaper but not half as good, haven't fitted it yet, will let you know, need to do it when all the others in my house are out so I can do it slowly in peace!!
Thanks for the info so far, but (being honest) I'm not sure what I'm looking for ..is my existing card AGP/PCI/PCI-Express?
I think its AGP, so if I find another card which is AGP...will this work? I have seen the info on ATI Radeon HD 4550 and that looks OK price wise.... would that be a suitable replacment for the 9600XT-4 that I have at the moment?
There are still a few AGP cards you can buy. If you go for the HD3850 make sure your power supply is 400W + to run the card. click here This chart shows a list of graphics cards with thier 3D06 benchmarks. The HD3850 does well for an AGP card.
I have just ordered one to replace my sons failing card. £82 is a good price :-)
You are correct it is the 256mb version. A lot of manufacturers change the specs by adding more ram. This extra ram will help at higher resolutions. That card should revive an older pc as long as the power supply can take it.