My computer is 4 yrs old, and I want to upgrade my existing graphics card which is "128mb nvidia gforce ti4600 with an e-gforce 7800 gt" Not being technically minded I wondered if this was possible without any problems regarding connections and possibly having to upgrade the power supply as well. Any help from technically minded people would be gratefully received
No, Mr Mistoffelees, a few better nVidia AGP cards are on sale. The first three on that page are also the best three AGP cards available. Yes, you'll need a good power supply to ensure smooth running. Which PSU do you currently have?
If your pc is 4 yrs old like mine you'd be mad spending a fortune on an AGP graphics card. As well as having to buy a new beefier psu (£60-90) you might find your cpu is bottlenecking the graphics card and that you need more memory.
What's the rest of the spec and what games are you wanting to play?
Dear Keef66 Yes I am having a lot of second thoughts about upgrading the graphics card as I'm not an avid games player, but I did want a card with 2 DVI sockets as I want to have 2 monitors which set me off on the upgrading of the card. My spec is as follows:- Its a Mesh Matrix XP2200,with Athlon DDR 333 MHZ motherboard AMD Athlon XP2200+ cpu 512mb(2x256B)pc2100DDR memory(266mhz) 120gbFAST 5400RPM hard drive with buffer Then there is all the usual bits & pieces that go with it. Many thanks for your interest
I'd recommend a 6600gt graphics card; you can get them for as little as £85 now. If you're really not bothered about games, look for a 6200 card (not sure about the 2 x DVI connectors but most come with 1 x DVI and 1 x VGA) See if your current psu copes, and if not get a 400w Antec or similar psu An extra 512 mb ram (got mine from Crucial; cheap and guaranteed)
Once you start to look at replacing anything else it involves a new motherboard, which can also mean having to do a clean install of the OS, and if you go the PCI-express route you'll need mobo, memory, cpu, graphics card, psu and maybe even a faster SATA hard drive. You'll quickly approach the price of a new system with a warranty.