fitting graphic card to a p3 500mhz

Dakre

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hello,
my CPU is a bit outdated like you noticed ;) so i'd like to give him a little extra boost via the graphic card... currently i use a geforce1 with 32MB DDR Ram ;) and i'd like to buy a graphic card for about 50$ but don't know what would fit best the speed of my CPU, which sureley will be the bottleneck then... ;) or do you think, it already is with my current graphic card and that a new one would not increase my performance? :/

i thought of a radeon 9000 or 9200 or a geforce4, but would like to hear the advice of some pro's ;)
thanks in advance
 

shadus

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Honestly, my opinion would be: Build a new pc. That pc ain't gonna game for sh!t no matter what you put in it...

How about this (quite a nice little pc for quite a while):

Processor - AMD Ath XP 2500+ Retail - $ 83.00
Motherboard - Asus A7N8X-X - $ 79.00
Ram 1 - Corsair CMX256A-2700C2 - $ 53.00
Ram 2 - Corsair CMX256A-2700C2 - $ 53.00
Video Card - RADEON 9600 XT 128MB - $161.00
Case - Antec Lanboy w/350w PS - $ 80.00
CD-RW - Lite-on 52x32x52 - $ 34.00
DVD - Lite-on 16X Dvd Drive - $ 28.00
Hard Disk - Western Digital 8mb 7200rpm - $ 80.00
Sound - Onboard - $---.--
Floppy - Use Current - $---.--
Speakers - Use Current - $---.--
Keyboard - Use Current - $---.--
Mouse - Use Current - $---.--
Total - $651.00 (Inc/S&H - www.pricewatch.com)

Alternately, you could go with this (but it wont last as long)...
Motherboard - MSI K7N2GL - $ 98.00
Processor - Athlon XP 1700+ - $ 45.00
Ram - Samsung 256MB PC2700 - $ 27.00
Hard Disk - WD ATA/100 40GB 2MB 7200RPM - $ 53.00
CD-RW - Lite-on 52x32x52 - $ 34.00
Case - Raidmax Model 208 10 Bay 350W PS - $ 43.00
Video - Onboard (GF4 MX440) - $---.--
Sound - Onboard - $---.--
Floppy - Use Current - $---.--
Speakers - Use Current - $---.--
Keyboard - Use Current - $---.--
Mouse - Use Current - $---.--
Total - $300.00 (Inc/S&H www.pricewatch.com)

With the second pc you could later add a rad 9600 xt or any other decent agp video card and a second stick of the samsung 256 ram and go dual ddr for a performance increase.

Shadus
 

Dakre

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thank you for even showing me up two different system configurations ;) you are right... it still is a big investion, but it will last longer then spending those 50$ on a new graphic card... :> and that'd be a lot more power... :>
and hey... it's christmas... ;)
thank you
 

shadus

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and Hey! You just GOTTA get yourself SOMETHING for christmas ;)~

Nod, it is a big investment, but either of those systems would do you a world of good. Heck you might be able to turn around and sell the old one used in the paper for $50-$100 and that would be 1/6th-1/3rd of the cost of the cheaper system above (It's amazing what people pay for used very low end computers, boggles my mind.)

Shadus
 

Crashman

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9000 Pro would be OK, or a 9200. Or better yet, a 9100 or 8500. Ti4200 would be OK.

But you're looking at $50, I'd say find a cheap GeForce4 MX440, or GeForce2 GTS or Pro.

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silverpig

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He's already got a GF DDR. Going with a GF2 GTS isn't worth it at all. I was able to o/c my old GF DDR to be 95% as fast as my GF2 GTS years ago. Too bad that card got stolen :(

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Crashman

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Well, the 4-MX440 is basically an overclocked 2-GTS, and you can find them for around $50.

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