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Im thinking about getting an ATI Radeon 9800 pro but I am not sure if the rest of my computer is good enough to use it. The rest of my computer is made up of a P4 1.7 Ghz, 512 ddr ram, and my motherboard is a MSI MS-6533g. I am not sure what specs you need to know about the motherboard so ill just tell you all the info I got from AIDA32 regarding it. It's front side bus width is 64-bit, back side is 16-bit, real clock is 100 mhz, effective clock is 400 mhz and bandwidth is 3200 mb/s. There I hope that helped because I don't want to buy the video card and not be able to use it. If there is anything else you need to know just mention it.
 

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I'd say in terms of computer power you should be ok. Sure a better cpu would improve performance, but yours should handle it. Not sure about whether your hardware would support it, but I don't see why it wouldn't.

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As you say you will prob upgrade your system sometime in the future, the main thing with your system is that the card NEEDS a 300 watt power supply, that's a must as it has it's own power connector. When (and if) you upgrade the rest of your system, you will notice performance improvements because at this stage your CPU/MOBO will be holding it back. You didn't mention whether or not your system handles 8 x AGP but i will assume it does. Buy the card, enjoy the results and you will get quite a bit of life out of it with subsequent hardware upgrades.

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I agree with what the others have said, except don't worry about AGP8X. If your board supports AGP4X you will be fine. No you won't be taking full advantage of the 9800 Pro, but the 9800 Pro at $215 US is such a great deal now. You have to spend well over $400 to do better. So I'd say buy the pro, just be prepared to dish out another $30-$50 for a new power supply IF your's isn't at least a decent 300 watt and problems come up.

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Starkyca

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I have found out my board only supports 4x agp but I dont know where I can find out the power supply of my computer, does anyone know how to find out?
 

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It should be on the inside of the case located on the side of the Power Supply. There will usually be a couple of "Passed Inspection" dot stickers accompanied by a small chart with Voltage sizes and yours should be checked. For example 200watt 250 watt 300 watt, and so on, there should be a checkmark indicating the size of the unit.
If that doesn't help get the model number and contact the company who built the PC to see if they can tell you the specifics of your power supply.
A 250 Watt unit with a 4 pin dongle should get you through with that 9800.
If you boot it up and it kicks off in 30 minutes, you'll need that 300 watt or more. Be Prepared.

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Of course the needed wattage also depends on how many other devices you have in the PC. If you only have one Hard drive and one Optical drive you should be fine with 250 watts. If you have more then that if might get a little "iffy". If you have two hard drive and two optical drives you will almost certainly need a 300 watt or larger. If you are going to be purchasing one anyway you might as well spend a couple extra dollars and get a 350 or 400 watt one.

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If u have the money to buy radeon 9800 pro, why dont spent another money for buy the power supply, just for prepare if ur old PS blown :)
 

Starkyca

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Ya, I found out my power supply is only 175 watts. Im gonna buy a new one, so is there anything I should know before buying one or can I just go buy any 300 watt PS and I should be ok.
 

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My first choice for a good power supply is Antec followed by Enermax.

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