updating agp graphics card

  Mitch5062 19:07 30 Jun 2007

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.

  malgall 19:16 30 Jun 2007

cpu and exact agp card model please

  Gongoozler 20:14 30 Jun 2007

Can you also tell us in what respect your present card is struggling.

  Mitch5062 13:10 01 Jul 2007

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?

  Totally-braindead 13:34 01 Jul 2007

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.

  Mitch5062 11:07 02 Jul 2007

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.

  [email protected] 11:32 02 Jul 2007

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

  Gongoozler 11:37 02 Jul 2007

I'm using a Geforce 6200 graphics card click here at 1680 x 1050 pixels, and find it a superb card for non gaming applications. It uses so little power that it doesn't need a fan.

  Belatucadrus 11:52 02 Jul 2007

Or fit a new fan click here

  Belatucadrus 11:55 02 Jul 2007

click here is one I fitted to an old Voodoo card and it's fine, also shows as MX440 compatible.

  keef66 12:28 02 Jul 2007

I'd second that. If your current card will run the monitor, all you have to do is take it out and replace the fan with an aftermarket cooler like the one Belatucadrus linked to.

My MX440 fan started getting noisy, so I replaced the card and the psu; total bill £110.

I wanted a better card to play games though.

You don't, so no need to spend that kind of money.

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