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trekkie00

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#1 12 years ago

Well, I think I'm going to upgrade my computer. Right now the thing that mostly holds it back (other than the CPU and RAM, both of which are too expensive to upgrade for me) is the video card. Right now, I'm still using the onboard 11mb graphics. Many of my games require 16mb to run, and I'd like to enhance the graphics on them some. However, I don't have very much money. Comp specs: Pentium 3 @ 866 mhz. (133 FSB, Coppermine) 256 mb. PC100 SDRAM PCI slots (no AGP or PCIe) I would like to spend less than $50, and really don't need a card with much memory. This might make it harder, but I would prefer a card from a very well-known retailer (eg., Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Amazon.com, or similar)

Thanks for your help.




kow_ciller

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#2 12 years ago

newegg.com is an excellent place to buy one from, you can get something that would be good for the amount of money you are looking at spending




marvinmatthew

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#3 12 years ago

No, it's not even worth the money to upgrade your video card, espically for $50 dollars, and without an AGP slot.

Even if you did get a new video card, your CPU would hold you way the heck back. You would never be able to run any new games. Or anything made in the past two years.

Get a new computer. Sorry.




rob.

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#4 12 years ago

He does not have the money...But i do agree with you.

That PC is not worth upgrading at all for gaming. :(




marvinmatthew

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#5 12 years ago

If you want to do things like web browse, word process, or listen to music. I would recomend that you get another 256MB of RAM. Just out of curiosity, what is your version of Windows? (XP, 2000, ME, 98, etc.)




Chocu1a

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#6 12 years ago

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814140027 this is pobably the best you can afford. I use to use a 5200 a while back. It played most modern games a few years back. Right in your price range, too.




marvinmatthew

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#7 12 years ago

Again I tell you, it's NOT worth the upgrade. Your processor is just to slow to keep up. Even with a 5200.




kow_ciller

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#8 12 years ago

yea, but if he plays older games then its alright




Agentlaidlaw

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#9 12 years ago

The FX5200 would be fine on the P3. It be the best card in his range. And most likely hes not into new games. He probably knows his computer can't play any games made from 2002 - now.




*The.Doctor

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#10 12 years ago

trekkie00

Comp specs:

Pentium 3 @ 866 mhz. (133 FSB, Coppermine) 256 mb. PC100 SDRAM PCI slots (no AGP or PCIe)

I would like to spend less than $50, and really don't need a card with much memory. This might make it harder, but I would prefer a card from a very well-known retailer (eg., Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA, Amazon.com, or similar)

Thanks for your help.

Hey! those specs are better than my old eMachines!

here's some options for video cards under $50:

Radeon 7000 32MB - $31.99 Radeon 7000 64MB - $32.50 Geforce4 MX440 64MB - $35.00

But are you planning on playing any games that require above Direct X7 (but if you playing games that only require 16MB your probably not), if you are then your gonna want to go with the FX5200. A Pentium III 866 should have no problem at all keeping up with a old FX5200.




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