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Roarthealmighty

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#1 13 years ago

ok. What i bascially would like to do, is upgrade my video card. But since i have a fairly weak mother board (athlon 2600+) i don't think it will be able to handle the card i want (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150068). So, i need to upgrade my mother board, which i have no idea how to do, and dunno what to pick from. But i might also need a bigger power supply, right? I've got a 300 watt right now, i was told that wasn't enough to handle the new video card.




carl4286

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#2 13 years ago

An AGP 6800 standard isn't all that powerful of a card. For that particular card a 300W psu is plenty, and I don't believe you'll have any bottlenecking problems with an athlon 2600+. I'd say go for the video card. If you get anything more powerful though, you will need to do some other upgrading.




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#3 13 years ago

Download CPU-Z here to see exactly what motherboard you have. I'm pretty sure you have an AGP slot. If you do have an AGP card already in the slot, just take that card out and replace it with the 6800. You will experience some bottlenecking but not much.




carl4286

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#4 13 years ago

You think so? The 6800 isn't really that powerful is it? I would have thought a 2600+ could handle a 6800 with out any problems.




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#5 13 years ago

Let's just say that if you put in a better processor you will see an improvement. And sorry, there is a possibility of no bottlenecking. (I was thinking of the 6800GTroll%20eyes%20%28sarcastic%29.gif)




Roarthealmighty

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#6 13 years ago

yeah, i have an AGP slot. What is bottlenecking? Thanks guys, happy to hear i shouldn't have to spend a whole lotta money. :)




carl4286

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#7 13 years ago

It's when the performance of the better parts in your computer are being limited by the performance of some cheaper parts... kinda. For example, if you have an SLI rig with $1400 invested in graphics cards, and you spend $90 on your processor... the processer would be the weakest link in the system, and would be holding back the graphics cards. Just draw a mental image of a bottleneck... the body is the expensive graphics card, where it narrows down and restricts the flow is the cheap processor... in that example.




*The.Doctor

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#8 13 years ago
Roarthealmightyok. What i bascially would like to do, is upgrade my video card. But since i have a fairly weak mother board (athlon 2600+) i don't think it will be able to handle the card i want (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814150068). So, i need to upgrade my mother board, which i have no idea how to do, and dunno what to pick from. But i might also need a bigger power supply, right? I've got a 300 watt right now, i was told that wasn't enough to handle the new video card.

As long as you have a AGP 4X/8X slot you can run that card fine, and a 300W Power supply will do just fine, a 300W will even power a X800XT. No other upgrading required! Get the video card, you will be very happy with it! The Athlon 2600+ might bottleneck you slightly, but on a standard 6800 it should not hold it back much, if at all.




Johnny Mullet

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#9 13 years ago

You will like the new card! No need to upgrade until you feel the need for more power!




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#10 13 years ago

I run a 6800gt with a 230(330 max) power supply. I have not had alot of trouble, though the more power the better:)