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Originally Posted by Atreyu5050 View Post
I'm trying to replace the GFX card in my old rig (mobo is a MS7207) and I was hoping to replace it cheap, but upgrade the memory a bit, from the 512m card I had to mebbe 1gb. Is this worth the couple extra bucks? The few I'm looking at are: (the last one is cheapest, but has less memory)

1:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814500178

2:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130586

and 3:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814162041


The Also, is a 300w PSU enough for these cards? If not, should I buy a ****-cheap one from Newegg? They have a few for about $20.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
I bet that 7600 is an AGP card judging by the age of the other hardware.
I'm assuming that 2.1GHZ Athlon is an Athlon XP. So it's a 2.1GHZ single core. That processor is so slow your current video card isn't reaching anything near it's potential, so, logically, even if you spend $234234 on a new card it simply won't give you a performance increase.

There's your answer, as no one including myself actually directly answered it until now, we were just surprised at the age of the system.
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Originally Posted by Ascii Aficionado View Post
I think that Athlon 2.1 is more than likely a 2.1 Athlon XP, judging from the age of the other hardware in the system.
The listed motherboard MS7207 is 939, so its atleast an Athlon64.
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The listed motherboard MS7207 is 939, so its atleast an Athlon64.
Oh ok, it's still a 2.1ghz single core though so there's not really a difference.
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Originally Posted by Ascii Aficionado View Post
I bet that 7600 is an AGP card judging by the age of the other hardware.
Amazingly the MS7207 is a 939 motherboard with PCI-E x16 support, but I agree upgrading GPU alone isnt going to make it a modern gaming rig.
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I remember playing oblivion on my 939 rig with a 7600GT.
Wasn't actually that bad..

More RAM might do you better, but as stated, the entire platform is getting pretty dated.
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Is that a single core Socket A (462) Athlon XP?

Most modern games will refuse to even run on that :/
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You think he should put a 460 in that rig?
Obviously not... I probably should have expanded my reply before though. What I meant was a system wide upgrade - starting with the CPU. That CPU is going to bottleneck pretty much any card you can think of. Heck, even my old Athlon X2 4200+ bottlenecks one of my older GTS 250's.

Once the CPU is out of the way, then a GPU upgrade is in order. Quite honestly, for both minecraft and runescape, a faster CPU is a much better investment.

So... right back at ya... (no offence intended)
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Well, I think I get the point. Throw it away. Go to Best Buy. Thanks for all the posts. Sorry to sound like such a noOb.
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post #29 of 58
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Is that a single core Socket A (462) Athlon XP?

Most modern games will refuse to even run on that :/
No, its a Socket 939 machine.

To answer questions:
  • Yes, a mod IS watching the thread.
  • Your CPU is going to hinder performance, yes. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't get a GPU upgrade. Ignore the 8400GS and the GT210. They're garbage. You can EASILY find a 9800GT or so in that $50 price range.

I'd say look into getting an Athlon X2 (remember, its Socket 939). See if your board will take one. And look into something along the lines of a 9800GT, 8800GT, 9600GT, GT240, 9600GSO, 8800GS, or a HD4830, HD4770, HD4670, 5670, 5750, 5770.

All of the cards I just mentioned will work GREAT with your machine (even better after a dual core CPU is in there), and your PSU will power them with ease.
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OK OK So alot of people are telling you to build yerself a new rig. Based on whatyou say that you are doing(Oblivion and the like) I think a good solid Dual Core system will be sufiecient. But just in case you want to get into somethng a bit more stress full, what other types of games are you thinking of geting into? And what else do you do with your computer and if you had to choose a budget what would it be?
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