very simple video card ? from newb - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-06-2006, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3
Default very simple video card ? from newb

I am slugging it out with my old Dell 4100, and the video card is dying but the computer is still useful.

I need to upgrade to a cheap video card in the <$40 range. While I realize that my 866mhz processor is funnier than a lot of television sitcoms, I might as well get a graphics card that will max out the old mobo's capacity, no?

Dell's stats for my mobo are:
Expansion Bus
Bus types PCI (version 2.2) and AGP (version 2.0)
Bus speed AGP: 66 MHz
PCI: 33 MHz
AGP card connectors one universal connector that supports AGP 4X cards
AGP card connector size 132 pins
AGP card connector data width (maximum) 32 bits
PCI card connectors five
PCI card connector size 124 pins
PCI card connector data width (maximum) 32 bits

So my question is, do I waste money if I buy a graphics card that has a greater than 32 bit memory interface, given that my data width is 32 bits max on the AGP card connector? Or am I misunderstanding the meaning of the AGP card connector data width?
Thanks to anybody who can help!

nsurg is offline  
Old 04-06-2006, 01:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
Field Engineer
SHAWN's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 4,695
Send a message via AIM to SHAWN

Grab an ATI 9200 from Its probably about $40-$45. Check it out.

A+, Network + , HP Certified Tech and MCP

Specs: AMD Phenom II X6 1095T, Asus M477TD, 8GB GSkill Ripjaws DDR3 1600 7-8-7-24 1T, 128GB Crucial M4 SSD, ATi HD4650, W7, 27" HL272 Monitor
SHAWN is offline  
Old 04-06-2006, 01:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3

Wow that was a quick reply, thanks.

Newegg actually seems to have that 9200 for quite a bit more ($70 and up) which seems like overkill for my computer. I saw this powercolor 9250 for $37 shipped, which seems OK:
Newegg has all kinds of 64mb cards available for $26 shipped, but I'd spend a bit more if it would make any difference in simple gameplay.

But would games on my computer even benefit from that card with a 128-bit memory interface, given my AGP port?
nsurg is offline  
Old 04-06-2006, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
True Techie
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Finland
Posts: 180

or a 9000 all in wonder or AGO 7300GS really cheap
2500k @ 4.5Ghz max: 81C idle 33C
8 gigs ddr 3 Kingston Hyper x T1 @ 1600mhz
Asus P8P67Pro b3.1
Evga GeForce gtx 560 at 940mhz 1gbddr5
western digital black 1tb sata3
Viewsonic 22"
Windows 7 home premium 64bit
beluga is offline  
Old 04-07-2006, 10:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 3

Still, the question is, would it even matter that I had a decent graphics processor, or would my system and AGP port just be a bottleneck for it?
nsurg is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:26 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.