Video Card and RAM Question - ECS Mobo - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-05-2006, 01:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7
Default Video Card and RAM Question - ECS Mobo


Last year I bought and put together a fairly cheap system. It is based on the ECS SiS 741GX-M Motherboard. Right now I only have 256 MB of RAM (sluggish I know), and onboard sharing video card. I have a few questions:

My motherboard says it supports DDR333/DDR266 modules. I am upgrading the RAM. If I buy 400 MHz RAM, will the RAM be compatible and clock down? In other words, should I get 333 or 400 RAM, if they're both at the same price?

Second - I really need a video card. I don't have PCI-E, nor do I want to be told I should've bought a PCI-E system. I don't want a top of the line card, but I want to be able to play present games decently. I don't want something that I can't play games from 2 years ago. I want a decent, functional card that can play the majority of games. Above all I want a deal.

There is a BFG GeForce FX 5500OC 256MB AGP Video Card on sale for 50 bucks. Will it do the job? How will it work with my mobo? I heard some cards are specifically made for certain makes of boards.

Here are some links for the card

And my motherboard

I appreciate any help you can give me. These forums look like a good place.

hammer55 is offline  
Old 09-05-2006, 02:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
True Techie
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 219

Im not sure about the ram question tbh i'll let someone else sort that out.

For the graphics card i recommend a 9600pro/xt if your on a low budget or a 6600gt agp version if you can afford a bit more.

The radeon 9600 has true direct x 9 support where as the geforce fx series is a bit iffy on that front.

AMD 3000+
2gb RAM
X800 PCI-e
80gb + 250gb WD HDDs
X-FI Xtreme Music
IfYouHaveToAsk is offline  
Old 09-05-2006, 03:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
True Techie
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 202

ram can clock down so it really doesnt matter. Buy the faster one if you like if you plan on using it later; although you probably wont want to use it later
CPU - E6400 Core 2 Duo @ 3.2ghz
Cooling - Zalman CNPS9500
Motherboard - Asus P5W DH Deluxe
Memory - OCZ PC2-8000 Platinum XTC 2GB (2x1024MB)
Video - BFG 8800 GTX OC
DVD - LG Super Multi
HD - WD Raptor 36gb
HD2 - Maxtor Diamondmax 10 250gb
PSU - Corsair HX Series CMPSU-620HX 620W
Case - Cooler Master Centurion 5
Sound - Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Fatal1ty FPS
iamchel is offline  
Old 09-05-2006, 04:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7

Thanks for the advice so far guys. About the reccomendations for other video cards, I can't seem to find them near the same price.

How iffy is the Dx 9 support on the GeForce FX card?

What I'm curious about too is the value of this card. I'm a getting a deal for 50 bucks, or is it total crap? If it works okay and will run most games half decently, I'm good. I just can't afford $150 right now for a computer video card.. Supposedly this card is worth $130 (or is that just BS)

For anyone interested...
I found some other AGP 256 MB cards on Tiger Direct for 50-80 dollars, would they been any good?

appreciate all the help guys

hammer55 is offline  
Old 09-12-2006, 08:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7

Sorry for the bump/double post, but I'd like to know if I should keep the Nvidia 5500 OC, as I bought it about a week ago
hammer55 is offline  
Old 09-12-2006, 08:57 PM   #6 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 611

im running an fx 5200 and my direct x is the most recent version and runs games fine, ive never run into direct x compatability problems or anything. I don't know much about AGP slot cards though so listen to the other guys about suggestions.(200th post , but thats 200 posts in a month lol i have no life)
spartan1121 is offline  
Old 09-25-2006, 12:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Sep 2006
Posts: 7

Well I got the new RAM, plugged it in, and it doesn't work.. Guess the 400 MHz memory won't be compatible with my motherboard.

I tried all combinations, with both my 256 and the 512, only the 512, and only the 256. The only combination that works is when I only have my 256 in (333 MHz)

So... any suggestions? Or am I just out 90 bucks? If so, then I guess I have a stick of 512 MB RAM at 400 MHz to sell.

hammer55 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

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:35 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.