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Advice on Video Card Upgrade

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by phantim, Jan 28, 2007.

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  1. phantim

    phantim Thread Starter

    Aug 3, 2006
    Hey I Need To Know If This Video Card And My Motherboard are compatiable. If Anyone Has Any Suggestions On A Better Video Card That Is Compatiable Please Post Them. Also, I'm On A Limited Budget So Nothing Too Expensive Please. If This Is The Wrong Forum For This Request I Apologize This Suited It The Best As Far As I Could Tell. I'm Primarily Using This For Games(Fable, Swat 4, Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, Morrowind, Etc...) As Well As Movies. I'm Currently Using The On-board Video. I'll Check This Forum Regularly,so If You Need Any Extra Info Please Ask. Oh Yeah I'm Using WIndows XP Pro SP 2. OK Enough Babbling Here Are The Specs For The Card And Board.

    M7NCG 400 SOCKET A

    • Processor:
    AMD Athlon XP, Athlon, Duron and Sempron processors
    200 / 266 / 333 / 400MHz front side bus

    • Chipset:
    NVIDIA nForce2 IGP / MCP

    • Memory:
    3 x 184-pin DDR memory modules
    Maximum 3GB total system memory
    Dual Channel DDR 200/266/333
    (For dual channel 128-bit performance, at least 2 modules must be installed.)

    • Slots:
    1 x AGP 8x
    3 x PCI
    1 x CNR

    • IDE:
    4 x EIDE devices
    Ultra DMA 33/66/100//133

    • I/O:
    1 x Parallel, 1 x serial
    1 x VGA
    1 x PS/2 mouse, 1x PS/2 keyboard
    1 x Game Port, 1 x Speak-out, 1 x Line-in, 1 x Mic.-in
    1 x Floppy
    4 x Front USB 2.0, 2 x Rear USB 2.0
    1 x Front audio header
    1 x IrDA header
    1 x CD In header
    1 x S/PDIF Out header (Cable Optional)
    1 x TV-Out header (Cable Optional)
    1 x Chassis intrusion header
    1 x WOL header

    • Video:
    GeForce 4 MX

    • Audio:
    Realtek ALC650 6-Channel AC'97 CODEC

    • LAN:
    MCP NVIDIA MAC + Realtek RTL8201BL PHY

    • Hardware Monitor:
    CPU / System Fan Speed
    System Voltage
    CPU Temperature
    System Temperature (Optional)

    • Size:
    Micro ATX Form Factor
    24.4cm x 24.4cm (W x L)
    9.6in x 9.6in (W x L)


    Brand eVGA
    Model 256-A8-N313-LX
    Interface AGP 8X
    Chipset Manufacturer NVIDIA
    GPU GeForce FX5500
    Core clock 270MHz
    PixelPipelines 4
    Memory Clock 400 MHz (effective)
    Memory Size 256MB
    Memory Interface 128-bit
    Memory Type DDR
    3D API
    DirectX DirectX 9
    OpenGL OpenGL 1.4
    D-SUB 1
    DVI 1
    TV-Out S-Video Out
    VIVO No
    Tuner None
    RAMDAC 350 MHz
    Max Resolution 2048 x 1536
    SLI Supported No
    Cooler With Fan
    Operating Systems Supported Windows 2000/XP/XP x64/MCE 2005
    System Requirements Minimum of a 250 Watt power supply.
    (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 18 Amps.)
    Vista Ready Yes
    Features CineFX Engine
    Intellisample Technology
    Package Contents 256-A8-N313-LX
    Driver Disk
    S-Video Cable
    DVI to VGA/D-sub Adapter

    Thanks In Advance
  2. Compiler


    Oct 11, 2006
    You didnt state what CPU you have... but with Socket A AMDs (which I still use one) there is only so fast you can go. The latest AGP card would not do so well compared to an AMD64.... with that said:

    Look here:

    Look at #2 - 6600GT would be the best for $90 or 6800XT or ATI 1600Pros (in that order) - the 7300gt may comepare a bit with the 6600GT, but if a game is really using such abilities - it may already be too much for the CPU...

    All is under $100.
  3. phantim

    phantim Thread Starter

    Aug 3, 2006
    CPU-Z Report
    CPU-Z version 1.34.1.

    Number of CPUs 1
    Name AMD Athlon XP
    Code Name Palomino
    Specification AMD Athlon(tm) XP 1500+
    Family / Model / Stepping 6 6 2
    Extended Family / Model 7 6
    Package Socket A
    Core Stepping A5
    Technology 0.18 um
    Supported Instructions Sets MMX, Extended MMX, 3DNow!, Extended 3DNow!, SSE
    CPU Clock Speed 1293.1 MHz
    Clock multiplier x 13.0
    Front Side Bus Frequency 99.5 MHz
    Bus Speed 198.9 MHz
    L1 Data Cache 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
    L1 Instruction Cache 64 KBytes, 2-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
    L2 Cache 256 KBytes, 16-way set associative, 64 Bytes line size
    L2 Speed 1293.1 MHz (Full)
    L2 Location On Chip
    L2 Data Prefetch Logic yes
    L2 Bus Width 64 bits

    Mainboard and chipset
    Motherboard manufacturer
    Motherboard model nVidia-nForce,
    BIOS vendor Phoenix Technologies, LTD
    BIOS revision 6.00 PG
    BIOS release date 01/28/2003
    Chipset nVidia nForce2 rev. A2
    Southbridge nVidia nForce2 MCP-T rev. A3
    Sensor chip Winbond W83627HF
    Graphic Interface AGP
    AGP Status enabled, rev. 2.0
    AGP Data Transfer Rate 4x
    AGP Max Rate 4x
    AGP Side Band Addressing supported, enabled

    DRAM Size 512 MBytes
    DRAM Frequency 99.5 MHz
    FSB:DRAM 1:1
    CAS# Latency 2.5 clocks
    RAS# to CAS# 15 clocks
    RAS# Precharge 15 clocks
    Cycle Time (TRAS) 15 clocks
    # of memory modules 1
    Module 0 DDR PC2700 - 512 MBytes

    Windows version Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (Build 2600)
    DirectX version 9.0c
  4. Compiler


    Oct 11, 2006
    1 - Your CPU is quite old - but IF you can find a cheap AMD XP 2800~3200 CPU (pay no more than $40 or at least a XP 2500 would help a lot.

    2 - Your DDR RAM is 333mhz, but the CPU-Z says its running at 100Mhz? Your CPU should be 1333mhz and your RAM at least 266Mhz...

    3 - onboard video won't cut it... but refer to the link. Because the overall system is slow with unknown issues (100mhz RAM speed, maybe because the motherboard is improperly setup and/or the memory is not fully compatible at full speed) - Look at upgrading or getting near-free parts.

    Going with NEWEGG/WEb pricing: $100 for an AMD2800/333mhz version + $100 video card will play those older games (2003~2005) which you have posted. Games for 2006+ won't play well... or on minimal settings.

    Now something I notice... you said youre using onboard video? The Nforce2 onboard = GF2MX performance. What card were you looking at? A 6200GT or higher AGP verison will give you a good boost. a GF4mx maybe a bit faster, not much. (GF4-MX cards are nothing more than GF2 cards with new numbering, they are LESS advance than the GF3)
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