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Ok, I haven't upgraded in ... divide by 7 ... carry the 2 ... :eek: ... it's been a while ... ;)

Anyhow, I do use my PC for gaming, or rather "did" use it for gaming. I've got a cruddy GeForce MX400 and it's just not up to snuff anymore.

What card would be worth buying...I don't want top of the line, but I don't want something that's going to be useless by the time I get it in my computer ...
 

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Oh...the pertinent PC specs are...
MSI K7Turbo Mobo (only 4x AGP I believe) 512gig ram (might be more, I can't remember) and a T-Bird 1.3 (or about that?)
 
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A GeForce3 TI 200 or GeForce3 TI 500 (both 64MB), a GeForce4 TI4200 (either 64MB/128MB), GeForce4 TI4400 (either 64MB/128MB) or a GeForce TI4600 (either 64MB/128MB). An ATI 8500 64MB, ATI 9000 Pro 64MB, or an ATI 9100 Pro 64MB. Any listed would work with your system and be much better than your present card. You might check on Ebay for used ones. New will run from ~ $65 on up to $160. A TI 4200 for ~ $50 - $70 new would be great. The GRAY bar on this graph is a little slower than what your system should do with the previously mentioned cards as shown here:

http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/20030120/vgacharts-05.html

More comparisons. These were done back when these cards were still popular:

http://www.tomshardware.com/graphic/20021218/vgacharts-05.html
 
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You could stick with Nvidia and go for a 5600ultra, or look to a Radeon 9600XT, both should run at 4xAGP as the 8XAGP cards are backwards compatible to your board as it is 2.0 AGP compliant.

You could also pop an Athlon XP 1800+ processor into it, thats the max it will take.
 
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The mobo has only PC100/PC133 SDRAM support (NOT DDR) and only UltraDMA 100 speed. The newer 5600, 9600 and 9800 would not only be bottlenecked by the existing hardware, but the power supply might need to be upgraded also. IF the system used DDR memory (PC2100) and had at least a 1.4G Thunderbird cpu with at least a quality 350w power supply, MAYBE a 9600 would be okay. Temps run high on the older 1.3/1.33/1.4 cpus and so do those video cards. Ample cooling is also a must.
 

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Cooling and power aren't an issue...trust me ;)

Ah...I never even thought of the memory speeds...I realized it wouldn't running at 8x since that board I think is only 4x...but :mad: I can't afford a complete upgrade :(
 
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Its not worth chucking a 9800pro in there, I still reckon a 9600 would be fine, but as previously posted the option of a ti4600 would be a good alternative.
 
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