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AGP Video Card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MintabiePete, Sep 22, 2003.

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  1. MintabiePete

    MintabiePete Thread Starter

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    Just a question , if I have a motherboard with a AGP slot for a video card and I hav'nt got one , can I use a PCI Video Card until I do get one to get my display on the monitor ?

    Thanks

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  2. RSM123

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    You should be able to use a PCI Card - perhaps depending on your motherboard you might even be able to use onboard graphics as a last resort.

    What motherboard do you have ?
     
  3. MintabiePete

    MintabiePete Thread Starter

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    thanks RSM123 for your quick response , very much appreciated . This motherboard is a gigabyte GA7ZX(5.0) that I am trying to set up with an AMD Athlon 900 processor .
     
  4. RSM123

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    Sorry for the delayed reply - even us 'POMs' need some sleep :p

    http://www.thetriplehelix.com/sections.php?op=viewarticle&artid=30

    Just myself read a review on your stated mobo to see what it offers - it seems pretty good. Like you I don't rush out and buy the latest everything just for the sake of having it.

    As regards PCI Graphics I believe it would be fine to go this route - in fact I would say only upgrade to AGP if you become an enthusiastic gamer or see a great bargain.

    Just posted these links for another member :

    http://www.tomshardware.com Benchmarks / Reviews

    http://www.overclockers.com

    http://www.sharkyextreme.com

    http://www.techimo.com

    These last have FAQs, Tweaks, and Forums - for user feedback that are worth reading periodically so you can keep tabs on whats happening in hardware development.
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    You might consider starting a Home & Away and Neighbours thread in Random Discussion so we can keep tabs on developments in that field also .....

    :D

    Anyway nice to hear back keep posting if you want more info.


    Richard. RSM.
     
  5. Rox Shox

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    Get an AGP card anyway, you''ll pay for a PCI card, just like and AGP card. Trust me - you'll not regret it. No reason to spend $50.00 on a PCI card when you can slo get and AGP card for the same. FOr the low end $30.00-65.00 will get you an NVIDA force 4 MX440. Or you can move up for about $100.00 for a TI4200 (much better quality and would be a nice fit for your mobo and processor).
     
  6. MintabiePete

    MintabiePete Thread Starter

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    Thanks RSM123 and Rox Shox , for your thoughts and information , I most likely will get an AGP card as I do know they are a lot cheaper compared to a PCI one but at the moment I was just a bit unsure whether you could set a PCI card up to work as a standby.

    Here in OZ I can get probably a 32 mb AGP card for the right price but i seemed to read that there are other settings that I have to watch with the type of AGP card that it will work on my system.

    At the moment this computer I am playing around with at the moment has has a AMD450mhz with 256mgRAM it has an old Octek Rhino socket 7 M/B and I have winXP/win98SE/RedHatLinux8.0 on it and it really flies , but I have never played around with a socket A M/B before so I want to get this Gigabyye setup with the Athlon 900mhz working right.

    And thanks to people like yourselves I am in with a chance , so thanks .:D
     
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