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#1 hero2161

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 01:38 AM

I'm looking to play new games such as Call of Duty 4 and Gears of War and perhaps Crysis even (I know the reqs are steep). The current card I have now is out of date, radeon 9600xt.

I would like to play the games above smoothly. My range is somewhere between 100-200 dollars.

I was looking at the VisionTek Radeon HD 2600 Pro 512MB DX10 graphics card. But people have told me to go with the Radeon X1950 PRO. So I am now leaning towards that. I have a PSU that can produce 480W. I have heard people having problems with their 1950 because it hogs too much power, so I am unsure of what to do or if that will be a factor.

Also, if my card is AGP, would that mean I need a AGP card for my next one?

I have been told to go with a good quality DX9 card such as the 1950 instead of something like the 2600 b/c DX10 is hard to utlilize. So I am torn between dx9 and dx10 as well. Any ideas?

Thanks!

System Specs

Pentium 4 3.00 Ghz (dual core)
1.5 GB RAM
Radeon 9600 XT
Windows XP

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:00 AM

to make use of those games, you'll have to upgrade your board to one that can handle at least one PCIex16 card, your ram will have to be replaced, unless it's DDR2-800. then you can look at video cards. if the processor is socket 775, then you can reuse it.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:28 AM

Hi hero2161, and welcome to BleepingComputer.

Both of those cards require a PCI-E x 16 socket and will not fit in a AGP socket. Your PSU should be adequate as well as your CPU and RAM. If you are going to have to change the motherboard to get the PCI-E you should be able to find on that will allow you to use your CPU and RAM.

What make and model is your computer? If it is a custom build please tell us what make and model you motherboard is.

Edited by dc3, 15 November 2007 - 02:30 AM.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:35 AM

I believed the graphics cards to be AGP as they were described as that on newegg. Here is a link:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814102071

It says also: Interface AGP 4X/8X

Maybe not? Not sure, not so good with these things.

My motherboard is an ASUS P4C800-E

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:46 AM

You are correct, the VisionTek Radeon HD 2600 Pro 512MB DX10 graphics card is a AGP, the Radeon X1950 PRO is a PCI-E. Looks like you've found your new graphics card.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 02:52 AM

I meant the 1950 was AGP. Did you mean I was correct about that?

Haha, kind of confused, sorry.

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Posted 15 November 2007 - 04:11 AM

Sorry, so am I apparently, the SAPPHIRE 100171L Radeon X1950PRO is a AGP 4X/8X, the VisionTek Radeon HD 2600 Pro is the PCI-E card. So yes...the 1959 will work in you computer.

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