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#1 RADIUM-V Interactive

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 03:24 AM

My friend asked me to help him find a new video card so he can keep up with the times. He got a Compaq Presario SR1563CL a few years back, and while it's still a decent enough machine, he has a copy of Hellgate: London sitting on his shelf because his integrated graphics aren't compatible (He doesn't read the bottom of the box).

The computer has PCI slots and an AGP slot, but I don't know how fast it is. He wants a GeForce that will play Hellgate well, but he wants it to be reasonable. Any help? (and if you can find an ATI card that will work better, that's ok too)

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 03:44 AM

That's quite demanding on your system Hellgate. Hope he doesn't get boored with it, like I did.

I'm not much up-to-date on agp. It is a dying platform, but I can give you some directions.

http://www23.tomshardware.com/graphics_2007.html
You'll find some nice vga charts on this site.

I can tell you it's agp*8. Not that it matters much. An agp card fits an agp port. Nice it's 8 though.

Check hellgate home or the box for min/recommended system specs and pay attention to minimum shader model. You'll need that to run it.

Good luck. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 November 2007 - 08:18 AM

About the best value that you'll find in an AGP nVidia card is the 7600 series (The GS is a tad slower than the GT) - but you can go as high as the 7950 series if you want to spend the extra. I don't use ATI, so I'll leave that to others.
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 09:33 AM

I think for the money, this would be your best bet:ATI X1950GT

If he insists on getting Nvidia, I wouldn't go less then a 7800GS. The 7600 series and less are starting to slow down. I don't think he would be able to play many new games very well with one.
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Posted 25 November 2007 - 11:25 PM

He decided on the GeForce 7600 GT (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16814150210) but I'm concerned about power consumption. Would he need a new power supply, or would the one he has be sufficient?

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 04:41 PM

If he has a 250W power supply like my girlfriend's Presario SR1300NX has, I would definitely upgrade to a 450+Watt power supply with a reputable brand and a good amount of amps 28-32+ on a single +12v rail and 16-18A on a dual +12v rail.

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 03:43 PM

That was the wrong model that I got. He's actually got a SR1575CL. We're gonna open it up and take a look to see the power supply. Hopefully it's not too weak that we can get a decent card.

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Posted 21 December 2007 - 08:32 PM

My friend had a 7600Gt running fine in a Dell, with only 305Watt and like 20A on the only 12v rail. Then again AGP cards might use more power, but I'm not sure. It's probably still a good idea to get a new one.
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