Graphics cards on older pc's

  • The_torst
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Hi,

I'm thinking of changing the Graphics Card on my old HP KayaK XU800.
I have a Matrox Millennium G250 or G400 right now (can't remember), and I'd really like to be able to play heavier games on it :)

Can I just take any graphics card for this, or are there any compatibility rules?

Thanks!
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Is it the old PCI or AGP? According to the web it is AGP 2x - plug-in card.

GeForce FX5200 256MB DDR, AGP8x, DVI, TV-Out should do the job for Direct X8.1 games like Medal of Honor. Any more demanding and its just not good enough.

I would upgrade your PC with a new one from Dell. I think they do a desktop for £400/$700 and then spend £100/$150 on a Ati 9800 pro card.
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Oh God... Dont say the D word, most new D***'s dont even come with AGP slots or PCIE grapfics slots. A self built PC will be far faster and much more fun to build and play on.

Any new grapfics card for AGP should run in the slot, just not at full AGP8x speed, im not sure about this though.

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Its ok for you and I but The_torst seems not know much about PC's and D*** come with the best technical support in my experiance (The office) and their PC's dont break easily.
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Who needs tech support when you have Ozzu? :lol:
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it's agp 2x :( But if I buy the GeForce FX5200 as Johan007 said (thanks), wouldn't it then get screwed up, due to agp 8x/2x incompatibility (voltage)?

If it's reverse compatible (which I think they usually are), wouldn't it degrade the performance so much, that you could buy another, older card..?

I'm fine with building my own pc, the issue is the money $$$ :(

Thanks a lot for your replies, guys.
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There is not much defference in the AGP hit however the voltage maybe aan issue.

Best build a PC. What games do you want to play?
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Dells costomer service is one of the best in the industry, a friends Dell monitor broke, he got another one delivered within the week. Which for any kind of IT is "out of this world".

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If money is an issue then don’t spend it yet. Wait till you get a job because as a kid I can remember at the frustration of having only a 25Mhz 386sx when all my friends had a 66Mhz/100mhz 486dx

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