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#1 mommytwotwo


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Posted 24 July 2006 - 12:22 PM

I need to upgrade/replace my video card so the kids can play newer games. I need an ATI Radeon model 9000 or greater. I am trying to order it online and it looks like I have 2 options: AGP and PCI. How do I know which I need? Also, any recommendations/tips would be appreciated, I have no clue...

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 12:45 PM

What is the make and model number of your computer?

How do you know you need a Radeon 9000 or better? If you got this off the "system requirements" list for one of the games, better check and make sure you have enough memory, processor speed etc.

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Posted 24 July 2006 - 12:56 PM

Well AGP to standerd normal PCI ( Peripheral Component Interconnect ) AGP will server you much better. Mak sure you get the right AGP, make sure you don't have a AGPx2/4 or else a AGPx8 won't work. And to find out what one you have and you nca look at this little guide to tell the diffirence. Also make sure your power supply is capable of handling the video card. Most online retailers give you the "minimum" wattage that the vidoe card requires, although it would be good to have more then the minimum and not strain your power suply and some ratings on power supplies can be less that what they actually rate it as well.

But something like a Radoen 9550 or a 9600, or if you don't won't much power at all a 9200-9250 would do, they shouldn't be to power hungry as the current top of the line ones are.

Just out of curiosity whic hgames are you paling on playing, just so I and other members can get a better feel of what video card you would require to play the games smoothly.
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Posted 29 July 2006 - 11:24 AM

FYI - PCI and PCI-E are 2 different things. Video cards are moving to PCI-E very rapidly and it's difficult to find a good AGP or regular PCI card these days.

A PCI-E card will require a motherboard with PCI-E slots - which are different from the AGP and PCI slots in older motherboards.
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Posted 29 July 2006 - 05:57 PM

You really need to know what your motherboard will support.

There are two kinds of agp cards and only relatively new motherboards support pcie.

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