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Hi all, i am looking to update my old system which support AGP 2x only . Since newer AGP cards are for 8x , i was looking for a PCI video card as a alternative. I goolged and found the following card : 1) Nvidia 6200 PCI 2) ATI x 1300 PCI 3) ATI x1550 PCI ( all the above card support Dx 9c and openGl 2.0 which i was intrested in ) . such card can support my old system ?? Would any one guide which PCI video card should i go for . Any further suggestion are welcomed . thanks -nick-

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Hello :)

The videocards you mention are probably NOT pci cards, but pci-x cards ( pci express ) I don't think your motherboard supports pci-x seeing as it had a agp 2x slot... I'd suggest getting a new motherboard, but with that, you might have to buy a new cpu, and memory... which could turn out rather expensive if your on a tight budget. The only thing I can think of is getting a new AGP card ( if you don't want to buy a whole new system )

Hope this helps a little ^^

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I have checked that and these card ( above mentioned) support PCI slot not PCI Express.

So can a AGP 8x card can work on a 2x slot ?? if yes can anyone suggest me a decent card that support my mentioned requirements.

Thanks
-nick-

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agp 1-8x can be compatible, but the AGP 3.3 and 1.5 volt cards are not compatible. You must physically look at your slot to find out if it is 3.3v, 1.5v (newer I believe) or universal. IIRC most AGP 1X and 2X slots are 3.3v and most 4X and 8X are 1.5v, but you must check to be sure.

Here's the wikipedia on it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerated_Graphics_Port

but if this article is right, its a little more complex than that. PS, newegg has a 2X/4X search choice that has a (fairly crappy but not useless) ATI 9250 video card for $35, but that's not really going to get you good framerates on modern games at resolutions like 1280x1024. It does however beat integrated video, or really old <$100 cards

http://www.neoseeker.com/Hardware/faqs/kb/10,63.html

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I have checked again . These card not only support PCIe and AGP but also PCI Slots . check by ur self

http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php?card1=437&card2=189

Can anyone give me some feeback on my question ?

thanks
-nick-

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What are the rest of your system specs.

standard PCI is a really bad interface for cards (that is why AGP and PCI-E (not X, thats something else!) are in use now) and honestly if you are stuck using it or an early AGP, it is likely time for a new mother board!

Really, consider holding off to upgrade (or better still buy a whole new system so you have two) something that will do you far better.

Some of your parts may still be good for a new computer, so post everything and I'm sure we'll get you sorted out.

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Original post by Xai
PS, newegg has a 2X/4X search choice that has a (fairly crappy but not useless) ATI 9250 video card for $35, but that's not really going to get you good framerates on modern games at resolutions like 1280x1024. It does however beat integrated video, or really old <$100 cards

http://www.neoseeker.com/Hardware/faqs/kb/10,63.html


It certainly beats integrated video, but when I upgraded to this a while back I was disappointed that it only supported DirectX 8. Its probably best not to buy such an old generation card. I regret it now...Instead spend a bit more money on something nicer. Unfortunately I cannot help much with the rest of the discussion.

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AGP 8x is only 1.5V.
AGP 4x can be 3.3V or 1.4V
AGP 1x-4x have traditionally been 3.3V.

So, no 8x in a 2x slot.

The x1550 is the fastest of the cards you list. Make sure you get it with as much memory as you can, as it'll take a while to page textures, but it'll run OK once the textures and geometry is on the card.

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I wouldn't use a pci card for anything except troubleshooting.
I had to put my old nvidia fx5200 pci card in my dualcore rig while I RMA'd my 7900GTX card and I couldn't get even the simplest of 3D games to play at a decent framerate!

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Hi all ,
thanks for ur replies

Curenlty i hv as SIS 6326 Card 8MB video card and i am learing Directx . As such this card is very old and even does not support diredtx9.c features . I was only looking for video card so that i could just program and run some demo games . I know from peformance reasons PCI card is a bad option but i hv to go for that since i am not planning to purchase a new system. I think nvidia 6200 or ATI X1300 PCI will be good option for me.

-nick-

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