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#1 twenty two

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 09:10 AM

Yes hi, im new,and here for help if poss.
My kids want me to get a new pc as they say the one ive got is to slow.
But im thinking of trying to upgrade this one ive got, with more memory
and a graphics card so they can play games ect. Here is the current system-

Mainboard Epox via p4m266a
intel celeron 478 processor 400mh-2.4gh
512mb ram
80gb HD
win xp sp2
it says support for agp slot for 1.5v 4x agp 2.0 compliant
and also has 2 slots for 184 pin ddr dimm memory
so i think i can put 1gb of ram in it but unsure about a graphics card
at the moment the graphics is shared with the main pc memory and
its only 32mb.
can anyone advise me what to get in the way of a graphics card.

Cheers JK

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 09:31 AM

This one should work fine on that setup.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 10:36 AM

cheers for your reply will go for that.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 11:27 AM

Also, I would definetly recommend getting more ram on that setup, you would really be able to feel the difference.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 04:42 PM

Ok is it best to get 1gb ram or2x512mb

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 05:59 PM

What ram do you have in there now? 1 512 stick? or two 128's? It'll depend on how many slots you got left, and whether or not you have 1 ram stick running solo right now.

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 06:13 PM

hi ive got 2x256 mb sticks

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Posted 18 February 2007 - 06:30 PM

Actually according to the Via support page on the Epox via p4m266a motherboard will support 2 Gb of PC2100 DDR RAM. I would believe you would be well served with 2-1Gb RAM modules. PriceWatch lists several venders that have them for a fair price.
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Posted 18 February 2007 - 07:06 PM

Adding a larger hard drive would help too, if you have the room in the computer.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 07:45 AM

sorry pc froze

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 08:00 AM

Ok What about me getting
2x 1gig Ram
1x 160 HD
Still unsure about graphics side as on the Epox website
that acklan kindly posted it stipulates 1.5v agp, are graphics
cards normally this?And would this be ok http://www.eclipsecomputers.com/product.as...5D256&af=50
might check out amazon uk as ii'm in London.
Also do a lot of agpx8 fit agpx4 slots but utilize agpx4 settings?
my kids also want to play an online game called second life(whatever that is)
but they cant because of the graphics demand,I dont know what the min spec is
for that game.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 11:32 AM

That graphics card from Eclipse Computers is backwards compatible with 4x/2x AGP and runs at 1.5V. It will work just fine.

These are the required computer specifications to run Second Life. Your upgraded computer shouldn't have a problem as long as you have DSL or cable broadband.

http://secondlife.com/corporate/sysreqs.php
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Posted 19 February 2007 - 01:58 PM

be aware that if the hard drive is IDE, then windows will only 'see' 137GB. the hdd manufacturer should have a windows patch to make the rest of the drive readable, but i have had little luck with mine. i have a maxtor.
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Posted 19 February 2007 - 06:08 PM

OK Cheers everyone. will let you know how i get on
at the weekend.
Fingers Crossed.
Hey may need a hand configuring these parts though.

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Posted 19 February 2007 - 09:43 PM

If you purchase larger than a 137Gb drive simply partition it into more than one partition with less than 137 Gb per partition.
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