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Build Your Own PC: Best Graphics Card Advice?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mesmerbeowulf, Apr 17, 2008.

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  1. mesmerbeowulf

    mesmerbeowulf Thread Starter

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    Hello

    Just finished my first 'build your own pc' project ( a Linux Box ) out of 3 broken pcs. The basic unit is a old (1999?) compact NEC Powermate ML3 with a puny RIVA TNT2 16mb graphics card sitting in a AGP 4x slot.

    Whats the best graphics card I can get for this Linux Box? I know that AGP 8x cards are supposed to run ok in AGP 4x slots but I understand that there are power and other issues to consider?

    Any help would be great - thanks!

    Pete
     
  2. KablooieXL

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    what exactly are the puter specs?? And what kind of PSU do you have in there?
     
  3. mesmerbeowulf

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    Hi. I thought I entered my computer specs already. Its a NEC Powermate 1.5GHz/640 MB RAM/160 GB Hard Drive plus 20GB Hard Drive running Ubuntu Linux 7.10. Im not sure of the Power Supply Unit..?
     
  4. KablooieXL

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    Check your PSU casing to see how many Watts the PSU holds. It's rather important because graphics cards can use quite a bit of power and if you don't have that power, you might blow a couple of fuses.
     
  5. mesmerbeowulf

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    The PSU max output is 245 Watts
     
  6. KablooieXL

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    it will be hard (maybe even impossible) to find a graphics card that will run with a PSU max of 245W... It might be wise to find yourself a better PSU and get yourself something like a radeon 9600xt. Not sure if Linux supports it tho, you'll have to do a search on that yourself :)
     
  7. mesmerbeowulf

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    Even an older card such as a geforce 4 or even 2? This is not for gaming!
     
  8. KablooieXL

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    the geforce 4 has a minimum requirement of 300W and the geforce 2 250W. However, with the geforce 2 (32mb) it will max out your 245W psu and put it under quite a bit of stress. Due to it being an old PSU, I'm not sure of how smart that would be concidering you'd only gain 16MB of video ram.
     
  9. mesmerbeowulf

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    Thanks for your help - might risk a Geforce 2.
     
  10. KablooieXL

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    you're welcome and good luck :)
     
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