Please help a complete idiot select a video card

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by matt770, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. matt770

    matt770 Guest


    I'm looking to upgrade my video card and I am baffled by all the
    choices. A lot has changed since I bought my computer.

    My system:
    Pentium 3 Processor @ 699Mhz
    256MB RAM (This is the maximum allowed for this system)
    40GB hard drive (if that matters)

    My current card:
    NVIDIA TNT2 Model 64

    My current card is AGP. I see that AGP 2X, 4X, and 8X are available.
    What are the advantages of these and can my system support them.

    One card I have been considering is the GeForce 5600 128MB. I see
    256MB is available too, but is that a waste of money for my system?

    Advice, suggestions, much appreciated.

    matt770, Feb 22, 2005
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  2. This vintage of motherboard may have an AGP 2X slot, which is not compatible
    with some newer cards.
    You need to select a card that has a transfer rate/voltage compatible with
    your motherboard. It would not be more than 4X, and might be 2X.

    I recommend that you not upgrade the video card in this system.
    You may encounter compatibility problems, and the motherboard architecture
    and CPU speed would tend to choke the performance of an expensive card.
    Robert Morein, Feb 22, 2005
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  3. matt770

    Alpha Guest

    I agree. And with new systems complete with decent RAM at about $600, why
    Alpha, Feb 22, 2005
  4. matt770

    Donald Link Guest

    With you old hardware and ram problems, just stop trying to upgrade
    the video. Just save your money and buy new hardware. The most
    useless thing in life is to figure that upgrading old, old, equipment
    will speed up anything useful. Your machine is just obsolete and
    upgrading anything is just shoving money down the toliet. It is kinda
    of dumb when your video card has as much ram as your computer. SAVE
    YOUR MONEY. until you can just buy another computer.
    Donald Link, Feb 23, 2005
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