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post #1 of 32
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ok well im upgrading my graphics card because as you can see below I have a 5500 GFX. now. my AMD 2800+ XP runs at 2.31Ghz atm. If I upgrade my Graphics Card to a 7600GT will I be bottleneck? If so Ill also buy a AMD
3200+ and OC that and everything should be fine. Also, all the graphics cards Ive gotten are 4x/8x.. What is PCI 16x express and is that better? And do I need to upgrade my mobo to use it?

Edit: Ok I just looked on Newegg and They dont have any 7600s for 4x/8x Bummer....So could anyone direct me to a Great card that will work with my computer for under 200 bucks.
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post #2 of 32
Yes, PCIe is the new platform for V/C's.
PCIe will have a transfer rate of 16x compared to the old 4/8 AGP.
Yes you will have to upgrade mobo, but if you will notice like i have that PCIe V/C's are cheaper compared to AGP. So you will make up the difference in savings upgrading to PCIe.

Like i always say:

((speed cost, how fast do you want to go))
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post #3 of 32
If you want to stay with AGP and upgrade your card then the 7800GS might be an option for you. I do not recommend it though, but there is a choice for a higher end card now.

Edit: Had 6800GS instead of the 7800GS that was linked.
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post #4 of 32
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128268

Is this a good enough Mobo... Will it run my AMD XP?
If not whats a good baord for what I want to do.
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post #5 of 32
sry man that wont run your XP wich is socket A i guess?
that mobo is socket 939, so the move to PCI-X will mean to CPU too..
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post #6 of 32
there are no pci-e boards for socket A (K7)

you'll pretty much need a full new system (cpu, mobo, v/c) if you want to go pci-e

unless you're up for that, just upgrade your AGP card
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post #7 of 32
The 7800GS I linked is a nice card, but your processor will limit the ability of that card to perform. I do not like to use the word "bottleneck", but that is basically what will happen.
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post #8 of 32
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***... Im like ok I can afford a new graphics and mobo..np

But now i have to upgrade my cpu too..im pissed. no way I can buy all that and still have a good system because I would have to go with the cheapest stuff out there.
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post #10 of 32
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so what should i do i cant go over like 300 bucks..im going to have to buy a whole new computer... at first I thought that I would just upgrade my graphics card but then my spending money go bigger and I decide to make this upgrade worth wild and now Im pissed because im going to have to go back and get a 7800GS or somethign that wont even run good because of my AMD 3200+ XP.

So whats my Best Bet guys send me some links on what I should buy.
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