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I have a HP Pavilian a1101n that I would like to set up on my LAN with the original XP OS for older games like Quake, Unreal, Doom, Duke Nukem, HL1, older version of Counter-Strike,ect. I already have newer pc's set up for Vista and 7 and don't want to bother trying to run DOS box and older version of DX and OpenGL on them. I would like to get Redneck Rampage working also but I might have to install 95/98 on a secondary hard drive so that I can duel boot.

Ether way I have to make use of this PC and it only has 3 PCI slots so I am wondering what is the best, but most stable, Nvidia pci video card I can install that will be compatible with an XP system.

Here are the PC and Motherboard Specs

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...name=c00388344

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...501189&lang=en

Right now it has a

ASUS P4GV-LA Guppy-GL6E motherboard

Celeron 2.93ghz cpu

2GB PC3200 ram
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Try the GeForce 6200 128MB? I think its PCI
    
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i had a geforce 9500 gt PCI once.
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http://www.zotac.com/index.php?page=...&Itemid=100200
GT520 PCI, I think its the most modern PCI GPU out there.
    
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http://www.zotac.com/index.php?page=...&Itemid=100200
GT520 PCI, I think its the most modern PCI GPU out there.
I like that newer one but It only mentioned drivers for Vista and 7 and probably doesn't support DX8/9 or an older OpenGL like I need.

Will a PCI-E card fit a standard PCI slot. I need to find what version mine are like 2.0 or what.

I remember they were getting up into the GeForce 8800's but I don't want to max out my other hardware. I need to upgrade the 250w power supply and should be able to upgrade to a P4 3.2ghz 800mhz fsb.
Edited by agentadam - 11/7/11 at 11:39pm
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I like that newer one but It only mentioned drivers for Vista and 7 and probably doesn't support DX8/9 or an older OpenGL like I need.

Will a PCI-E card will fit a standard PCI slot. I need to find what version mine are.

I remember they were getting up into the GeForce 8800's but I don't want to max out my other hardware. I need to upgrade the 250w power supply and should be able to upgrade to a P4 3.2ghz 800mhz fsb.
All GPU's have backwards compatability (i.e. DX11 capable GPU will support games on DX10 and below), and I think that the drivers are available for windows xp
    
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133364

Really, this is all you need. Might as well not spend any more than you have to - there's only so much you can do with a PCI bus.
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post #8 of 12
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Is OpenGL fully backwards compatible also? Wouldn't it be more stable to run the versions most used during the time of XP though? I will be running all period correct programs that were set up for DX9/10 at the most. I don't mind just using this computer for older games and surfing the web.

If I get an older Geforce 9500 or something which brand should I look for like Asus, PNY,EVGA ect. I want one that comes with a good fan already on it and decent driver support for now until I can burn a copy of the drivers.
Edited by agentadam - 11/8/11 at 12:03am
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814133364

Really, this is all you need. Might as well not spend any more than you have to - there's only so much you can do with a PCI bus.
eeeewww it's only 64bit memory bandwidth.


yes dx and open gl are backwards compatible, stop being weird.


some time some game are weird with newer hard ware like beyond and good and evil. Even then i think it had a fair amount of problems when it came out. the only time have seen period correct to run game is pre windows like dos 5 or dos 6 or even windows 3.1.

stability should not be an issue just because you have newer parts. Besides XP is on it's 3rd service pack it is updated by MS almost daily.

i got my PCI card from sparkle, the brands you listed are all quality products too.


and bit of proof for you.

http://vogons.zetafleet.com/viewtopi...asc&highlight=

i had that 9500 PCI in that thing. it cost me some 80 to 90 dollars USD for that graphics card on newegg a few years ago. it played older and newer games just fine.
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This is the fastest PCI card I have found so far but It is only 64bit also. The GT version is supposed to be 128 but I can't find one yet. Perhaps I should look at some older ATI cards for something in 128. I just thought Nvidia would be more stable.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/BRAND-NEW-SP...item27bdc40e58


Product Identifiers
BrandSPARKLE Computer
Product LineSPARKLE
ModelSF-PC84GS512U2LP
MPNSF-PC84GS512U2LP

Main Specifications
TypeGraphics adapter
Enclosure TypePlug-in card
InterfacePCI
Graphics ProcessorNVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS
Clock Speed567 MHz
RAMDAC Clock Speed400 MHz
API SupportedDirectX 10, OpenGL 2.0
Memory Size512 MB
Max Resolution2048 x 1536
TV InterfaceHDTV out
CompatibilityPC

Processor
Graphics Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Processor FeaturesNVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), Nvidia nVIEW Multi-Display Technology, High dynamic-range (HDR) rendering, Nvidia Quantum Effects Technology, Nvidia Lumenex Engine, Nvidia GigaThread technology

Memory
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM

Expansion / Connectivity
Connectivity Interfaces1 x DVI-I (dual link) - 29 pin combined DVI, 1 x S-video / composite / HDTV component video output

Video Output
Supported Display GraphicsQXGA (2048x1536)
Digital Video StandardDigital Visual Interface (DVI)
Analog Video FormatComponent video, Composite video, S-Video

Video Input
Input TypeNone

Software / System Requirements
System RequirementsMicrosoft Windows Vista
Windows CertificationCompatible with Windows 7
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