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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by rgray21, Jan 29, 2005.

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  1. rgray21

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    does anyone know how i can find a better video card that will work with my system. i'm trying to upgrade this older pc so my kids can play some of their games. i have two pcs and their always fighting over the newer one. i've already put in the maximum ram which is 512mb. will a better video card help much? 32 MB TNT-2 R3 Video Card [Part #6001579]
    intel fedora motherboard pentium111 733mhz.
     
  2. CarlssonMB

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    What kind of games will they be playing?
     
  3. rgray21

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    mainly its for my younger daughter. sims, neopets and some other stuff off the net i'm not sure what they are called. my son plays warcraft 3 and world of warcraft but he never even trys the older pc. i would just like to make the older one as capable as possible without having to buy another system
     
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    run Everest home edition on it to get full hardware specs, upgrading can get a little tricky unless you know everything, your old system is probably agp1x or 2x so you will be limited as to what cards you can get, wont know until you get complete specs
     
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    It looks like from Gateway site that you have agp2x/4x slot, so those are the cards you should be looking at, many 8x cards are backwards compatible as well, so what is your budget and what are you trying to play.
     
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    lile to stay under 100.00
     
  7. brite750

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    system requirements for Warcraft games
    Windows® System 98/ME/2000/XP OS:
    800 MHz or higher CPU.
    256 MB or more of RAM.
    32 MB 3D graphics card with hardware Transform and Lighting, such as GeForce 2 or better.
    4 GB or more of available hard drive space.
    DirectX® 9.0c or above.
    A 56k or higher modem with an Internet connection.

    a $50 to $100 card should do you for this game, I'd probably go with a FX5200-128mb card, your not meeting the cpu speed so that may or may not be ok, i would think it would still work because your video card is doing most of the work anyway
     
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    I think if you use the money on a video card, you should be able to play the games
     
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    thats what i'm thinking, they didnt have cheapy cards back then with 128 megs of ram on them so you may get by, you also could probably get a 933mhz PIII in thet thing but Gateways site sucks for finding that kind of info, you would have to find the manual either on the net or physically in your house. You need a cpu chart for that mobo. then you would need to find a 933 PIII cpu
     
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    http://www.pricewatch.com/1/3/2271-1.htm
    thought you might want to know how much a 933 would be, I'm a father too so I know a little about the upgrade game, with that $50 card and a cpu upgrade you could squeek a few more years out of that pc unless your son gets into serious gaming, then you better have $$$$.
     
  12. rgray21

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    you're the third person thats mentioned that card so i guess it seems like the best choice. decent price also. thanks
     
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    would the 933 mhz help things a lot?
     
  14. brite750

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    Thats a loaded question, with that game probably alittle, in the real world unless your double cpu speed it is barely noticable, so I would try card first, if that does it your done.
     
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    yeah its cheap, and I was surprised at what it could do with these new 3D intensive games, now i must say my son did finally break down and buy a 6800GT a $400 card, but he works and it was his money so, what can i say, and yes the $400 card is faster and shows more detail in the games but sheesh, thats a lot of money.
     
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