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Upgrade Video Card


Newuser618

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I wish to upgrade my video card for my 7-year-old Desktop PC. The current one is NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600. The operating system is Windows 7 Service Pack 1. The Mainboard is ASUSTeK Computer Inc. 'P4SD-LA' with 2GB memory. Can anyone recommend a suitable card considering the age of the PC. I play some games but I mainly use Photoshop CS3 for correcting/changing pictures. Many Thanks.

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rdave13

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A good thread to read about the same motherboard. Link

Some AGP cards on Amazon

Check your PSU.

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Newuser618

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Thank you rdave13 - I am still bewildered by the choice. Have not been able to find the power of my PSU.

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rdave13

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You will need to open the case and check the wattage of the PSU. Usually printed on a sticker.

Here is an image of an AGP card, AGP

PCI-E card, PCI-E

When you open the PC just confirm the slot available is for AGP and I think that a 400 to 500 Watt PSU is sufficient if you go for cards recommended on the thread I linked to.

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rdave13

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I should add that if you need a higher wattage PSU check the dimensions of it so it fits in your case. The first time I did this I labelled all the connections with sticky labels.

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Newuser618

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Thanks once again rdave13 I can now tell the difference between the cards' connections. The PSU is 500 watt - hopefully I won't have to replace it. I have 1 AGP expansion slot (half used shared PME), 3 PCI expansion slots (1 half used, 2 half available all shared PME). 32 bit, Power is 3.3v. From this I gather I have a choice of cards.

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rdave13

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Yes. Check out the reviews on different cards on Amazon. Something like this Scroll down for the reviews or start a new thread asking for advice on the best AGP card for your budget.

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gengiscant

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Your 500W PSU is more than enough for any AGP card. These two are probable the best AGP cards(if you can find them)AMD (ATI) 3850 or 4670, though there was a 6800GT AGP too, and,I think,a 7000 series.

Found this, AGP which is silly money to spend on an AGP card.

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Newuser618

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Thank you both for your recommendations. The AGP found by gengiscant is far more than I could justify paying and I agree silly money. I will let you know what I finally end up with. Many thanks for your help and advice.

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rdave13

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This one looks good and reasonably priced, 4670

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Newuser618

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The 4670 card you recommend seems to take two slots. Also I cannot find anywhere that says it will be OK with Windows 7. Does this mean that AGP cards do not work well with Windows 7. Would I be better off using a PCI slot.

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