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hey, first post on the boards. I'm considering buying one of these cards off of tigerdirect.ca:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...1179&CatId=935

or

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...1187&CatId=935

But i've got some questions, bare with my noob skills.

1. First question, other than the price difference are their any differences between those cards? They are both 7800GS / 256mb, but the more expensive card is stated as "superclocked", is that just an overclock they did on their part? Could it possibly mean more stability for older machines?

2. The card is states as 8x AGP, and I am unsure of what my board is. I know my mobo is 266mhz, so I believe that's 4x. Does anyone know if this card is cross-compatible with 4x? I'm currently running a Radeon 9200se 128mb if that helps.

3. Time for the really dumb question. My Radeon9200se has a three slot AGP card connector, would my mobo still be possible to run a two slot AGP card connector, like the one in the photo above?

The AGP slot looks universal to me, so I wouldn't be surprised if it can run any number of slots on an AGP card.

Radeon 9200se card, three slot AGP CC:

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...4763&CatId=880

*P.S. the card shown in the link above is not exactly the same card as I own, and it is stated as 8x AGP, but I was using it for a referrence to the slot question.

Many thanks if you could help me out with some of these problems.
    
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You should fill in your User CP first so we can get an Idea of what kind of system you are running first. If you don't know what components are in your computer download a free program called everest.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...-Edition.shtml

All AGP's (8x/4x/2x) are backwards compatable. Last year I ran an 8x capable card in my old Dell's 4x slot.

If you do not feel safe with manual overclocking (which is nearly fool proof, and is very simple), you can buy the super clocked edition. However, the cheaper standard clocked cards will usually cost significantly less.

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http://www.evga.com/articles/276.asp

Scroll down to Features and Benefits. It states that the cards are 4x/8x compatible.
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But the card will be very bandwidth starved in a 4x slot. I'd reccomend against getting that card with a computer that old. It's a waste of money.
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Wow, thanks for the fast replies. As you can see my machine is garbage, but i'm still in highschool and can't really afford a dream machine. I figure if I buy this new graphics card it should hold me over through college.

And yeah, I think i'm going to go for the cheaper card. I've used ATI Tool, and had some interesting experiences with it. I can't see something I can do in 15 minutes, worth an extra 50 bucks. Again, many thanks.. and you think it'll still work with my machine ?
    
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Unless you plan to upgrade the rest of the computer to another AGP slot MOBO (which is dumb,PCI-e is way better), IMO its dumb to get that good of a card for the rest of the ENTIRE system will be bottlenecking it terribly. I reccomend a more subtle card such as the 6600GT or X800 series cards...
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IMO you should save your money, and get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130220 and another 1GB stick of memory.

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So many replies .. too hard to keep up.

Seeing it from that perspective, I do suppose it is probably a waste. So what you're saying is, the bottlenecked 7800 GS would have the same turn-out as a card 200 cheaper. ?
    
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basically
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Alright, but i'm not sure about the RAM recommendation. I've got 1280mb currently, and idling I have around 800-900mb spare. I get down to about 300 or so playing HL2, or WoW, but I don't really see it as a big concern?
    
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