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Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

Q: Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

Ok so, I've got a Dell Dimension 3000, 2.8GHz Pentium 4, 512mb ram.

Im doing an upgrade due to my lack of a video card and sufficient ram for games. *I'm upgrading strictly for gaming*
I'm adding ram, going to have a total of 2gigs. Did it on crucial and it should work fine.
Now as many of you already know the Dimension 3000 only has PCI video card slots. So, I did some research and found the best possible card for my mobo. (At least I think) The x1550:

And just recently I saw this:
But can't find it anywhere in stores, could someone show me where that is available? To my knowledge that would be better than the x1550, right?
Also, what kind of Shaders and Vertex shaders do these have?

Well assuming I'm getting the x1550 how do I determine if the video card is compatible with my monitor? *This is my main concern*

Another question, again assuming I'm getting the x1550, I see the recommended PSU is 420W. Now, my original dell PSU is a 250W. So I'm convinced theres no way I'll be running this card without a PSU upgrade. I went to pcpower cooling's site, went to the compatible PSU's for my dimension 3000 and found this:

I've read about alot of PSU's falsely stating the wattage due to some rubbish about the ampage on the 12v rail or something, can someone notify me if this is a legit card for my system? *edit: I noticed the specs for the PSU say it comes with a PCI-E connecter, does that mean it wont connect to my PCI slot??*
Also do I absolutely need the PSU upgrade or should I get the video card and see if it will run without it first? Thanks to whoever reads this and can answer my questions.

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A: Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

I am also using Dell Dimension 3000, and I upgraded all Video Card, RAM and PSU already, so I think I can help you a little bit here.

First, which games do you want to play? Because if you want to play newest games, then I'm sorry, you will have to buy a whole new computer. X1550 and 2gb of DDR RAM won't help you anymore.

Second, as far as I know, X1550 is the best for PCI now, but X1300 is really slightly behind. Many people believe they are the same. You can easily buy X1300 from newegg. You bought mine with $20.00 cheaper from eBay, but I guess money is not really your problem anyway.

Third, I have used X1300 and FX5500 and didn't see any problem with Dell Monitor at all. The only thing you need to be careful if you decide to buy X1300 is that there are two kind of X1300. Don't buy the Small Factor version because it is made for special kind of computer, and it won't fit into your case. The one you should buy look like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129062

Fourth, even though many people suggest that we should only use Dell PSU because the other PSU won't fit into the case, I am actually using this one of Antec: http://reviews.pricegrabber.com/power-supplies/m/601582/
It fits perfectly.
And yes, PSU upgrade is a good idea. I believe my system is working very well, so you should have at least 350W PSU. DON'T buy cheap PSU.

Fifth, you may knew already since you've used cruical website to figure out. However, just keep in mind you need to buy DDR RAM, not DDR2. This is another bad news, because DDR RAM is way more expensive than DDR2.

Last but not least, you said: "I'm upgrading strictly for gaming", so I highly recommend you to buy a new computer. You're going to upgrade PCI video card, DDR RAM and PSU, and if you just spend couple of hundreds more dollars, then you will own a much better computer.

Anyway, I love my Dell Dimension 3000 and have been living happily with it. I can play games like Counter-strike, Lord of Rings, or Neverwinter Night.... easily. I also have only 1GB of RAM: http://www.directron.com/twinx13200c2pt.html . So you won't make a wrong choice either way.

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Ok so, I've got a Dell Dimension 3000, 2.8GHz Pentium 4, 512mb ram.

Im doing an upgrade due to my lack of a video card and sufficient ram for games. *I'm upgrading strictly for gaming*
I'm adding ram, going to have a total of 2gigs. Did it on crucial and it should work fine.
Now as many of you already know the Dimension 3000 only has PCI video card slots. So, I did some research and found the best possible card for my mobo. (At least I think) The x1550:

And just recently I saw this:
But can't find it anywhere in stores, could someone show me where that is available? To my knowledge that would be better than the x1550, right?
Also, what kind of Shaders and Vertex shaders do these have?

Well assuming I'm getting the x1550 how do I determine if the video card is compatible with my monitor? *This is my main concern*

Another question, again assuming I'm getting the x1550, I see the recommended PSU is 420W. Now, my original dell PSU is a 250W. So I'm convinced theres no way I'll be running this card without a PSU upgrade. I went to pcpower cooling's site, went to the compatible PSU's for my dimension 3000 and found this:

I've read about alot of PSU's falsely stating the wattage due to some rubbish about the ampage on the 12v rail or ... Read more

A:Big Video card compatiblity question + power question

Google your PC and said you have a 250 Watt power supply (may be true or not but hey..its Cnet that said it) On Newegg it said that the 1550 needs a 420 watt or greater...From those numbers well...You'll need a new power supply. Or you can just upgrade =D

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I am planing to get this power supply: Newegg.ca - XFX PRO850W XXX Edition Semi-Modular 80 Plus Silver Certified 850 Watt Active PFC Power Supply
with 2 of these video cards: Newegg.ca - PowerColor AX6970 2GBD5-2DH Radeon HD 6970 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity

Has enough power for them but someone said to me that it don't have enough 6pins to support them since both Video cards require 2x6pin adapters

One thing I have issues with is telling how much pins/what pins a CPU comes with even when it shows list:
SO here's a list of pins:
1 x Main connector (20+4-pin)
1 x 4+4-pin ATX 12V
1 x 8-pin EPS12V
8 x Peripheral
8 x SATA
2 x Floppy
4 x PCI-E

and here is the required pins:
6 pin / 8 pin x 2

from what I seen n read, there should be but I want to make 100% sure :3

A:Power Supply + video card question

the connectors you are after are the4x PCI-E connectors.

They should be 6 pin with an additional optional 2 pins hanging off the side.

might i ask why you think you need 2 6970 cards? one is about the most powerful single cored card you can get and will max out anything easily, so 2 will be pointless. Bit like buying a Ferrari just to drive to the local corner shop...

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i upgraded my video card to a ati radeon 9800 from a geforce 4 mx 440.

ati says i need a 300w power supply, my pc has a 250w.

the only devices hooked up to my power supply are two cd drives(one dvd-rw, one cd-rom) the floppy drive, and the hard drive. and i guess the motherboard is included right?

i disconnected the cd-rom drive since i dont use it much.

would there still be a problem? everything seems fine so far.

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I'm thinking about getting a 9800 GTX and a quad core processor, so what power supply should I get(wattage). Also, does the processor really affect what type of PSU I should get or is it just the video card?

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I'm in the process of building my first PC. I just received my power supply today (Corsair 620W). It has four listings for 12V (+12V1, +12V2, +12V3, and -12V), the first three of which are rated at 18 Amps and the last at 0.8 Amps. My video card is a Sapphire x1950XT, which, according to some reviews on newegg, requires 20-30 Amps. I looked on Sapphire's website, but I couldn't find an exact requirement.

So my question is, am I likely to run into trouble with this PSU / Video card combination? I really thought this PSU had a higher amperage than 18... I guess I read something wrong when ordering it. I did find some reviews of people running 1950Pro's with this Corsair PSU.

Also, I really don't understand the rails and what all of that means, so could someone post a quick explanation or direct me to an article that would explain the basics of a PSU? I've tried looking at some sites that I know (ie - Tom's Hardware), but I've had trouble finding an article to explain the basics to me.

Any help would be appreciated.

A:Power Supply / Video Card Question


PSUs can be very confusing... the Important amps you need to know are on the +12v rail (rails)... now that Corsiar 620w PSU has three rails marked at 18a each.. so you might think.. "oh I have a total of 54amps.. becuase there are three rails at 18amps each.. right?"

Nope.... that just means that each individual rail is rated for a maximuim of 18amps each.. thats thier limit lets say.

If you look at the sticker on the side of the power supply, you can see that the 620w is divieded between all the different rails. the +3.3v & +5v have 170w dedicated to them.. the three +12v rails have 430w deidcated to them, and the -12v & +5vsb have the remaining 20w dedicated to them.

You take the 430 watts going to the +12v rails and divide that number by 12.. this gives you the total sustainable amps on the 12v rails.. which comes out to 35.8 amps.. so we'll say its 35amps even.

So, if your X1950XT requires 20-30 amps, then that power supply will be fine. The Corsiar 620w is a very nice power supply and you shouldnt worry that you made the wrong chioce, when in fact you made a great choice.. good job!

Basically they split the rails for saftey reasons.. they decided that there should not be more then 20amps on any given +12v rail... haveing said that, they still sell power supplies with a large single rail, but these usually have more heavy-duty over current protections and such... which makes them more exspensive.

I hope this helps,

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Ok, i'm currently trying to build a computer and i am having trouble figuring out which power supply to use for my Asus 8800GT. I've asked other Tech forums, and they all have told me the same thing, but the reviews on the product contradict what they are telling me.

I am looking at a hard drive from a company called hec (Orion). Other forums have told me that i should avoid this company and that it is junk.

Since i can't link the PSU that I am thinking about buying (not enough posts )...ill give you the brand name and you can check it on Newegg.com

hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply

This review is the one that really caught me attention and had me confused

Pros: I bought this power supply so I could use my eVGA 8800GT. I was really pessimistic thinking I could find a suitable power supply for my card at a cheap price. Man, was I wrong. This thing is a trooper. It does everything it was supposed to with no problems at all. Glad I bought it after all. I overclock my processor and graphics card as well, and this power supply doesn't falter at all.
Cons: None.

Now i understand that i shouldn't be cheap about my PSU, but honestly i don't want to spend 50 or more dollars on this if there is one cheaper that will do the job.

Can somebody PLEASE help me out with this, by letting me know if this will do the job. And instead of just telling me it's a piece of junk, please show me what is good within my price ra... Read more

A:Question regarding a power supply, video card

get a cooler master 660Wats it will run it all it also has the graphics power connector for SLI

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I am currently thinking about purchasing an EVEREX gPC3 Sempron computer and had a few questions about some things. First off, I need to know if this RAM would work with the computer: http://www.amazon.com/PNY-Channel-P...ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=pc&qid=1230244237&sr=1-1
Secondly, I own a eVGA GeForce FX 5500 video card that requires a power supply of 250W, but the factory default is only 200W. I was looking at a 450W upgrade, but need to know if it would even work with it. http://www.amazon.com/DiabloTek-400...5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1230244094&sr=1-5
I do plan on putting XP Pro on it, so OS issues are not a problem.
Thanks for the help, and have a Merry Christmas!

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I have a Gateway GT 5082 ( Athlon 64 X2 , 2ghz flavor) I believe I have 2 problems if I want to purchase a decent video card. The stock power supply i believe is only 300W. Probably need around 400W to power a good video Card.

It comes with a PCI Express slot but even if I had the recommended power supply I really dont see an empty slot on the motherboard to put in the power connection from a new video card ( such as the nVidia 7950 GT ).

Do they sell external power supplies that I could run indepently of my computer and just power a video card? It would seem like a pain in the *** to replace the oem power supply so let me know what you think!

Yes I know there is an inherently 3rd problem the fact that I purchased a gateway haha... but just looking for some solutions here.


A:Video Card External Power Supply Question

Welcome to Techspot jnava121 :wave: ! Yes, the do make dedicated psu's, although the only one I know of is made by thermaltake, which I have due to a similar issue. If you live in the U.S., then look Here. Don't be thrown off by the wattage, becuase this thing will power up to a GeForce 8800GTS. Yes, it should also power a 7950GT as well. Good luck!

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I have a OCZ 500W power supply, but it doesn't have the 6-pin connector my ATI 5750 needs. Alright, so I have the splitter included with my card that splits the 6-pin into 2 Molex plugs. I'm pretty sure I need both of those plugged in, but I'm unsure of the orientation of the wires. I took a picture of how I *think* it should be set up:

So you can see the longer end will connect to my PSU with the 6-pin, and the shorter end, also with the 6-pin, will connect to my GPU. My question is if the end coming from the PSU is right. The cable coming from the PSU end doesn't actually "split" into 2 Molex plugs. It goes to one Molex, then continues to another Molex, and then continues to a plug, that I can't identify.

I'm assuming this is right because my PSU is "SLI Ready", and it has two of the cables you see in the picture (the longer one), meaning one for each card. Sorry if this is confusing, but I really don't want to damage anything

A:Solved: Question about connecting power supply to video card.

I can answer the plug you don't recognize part for you. It is a Floppy drive Power Plug. Did your PSU come with a manual?

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Hello, im thinking about buying a AWESOME tweaked out system from www.yetipc.com and i have a OS question...

I intented to install 4-8 OS's on this computer, mainly:
windows XP (SP1 baby!)
windows 2000 pro
windows 2000 advanced server (or maybe just server)
windows 98SE
Linux (And redhat)

Now i know that'll be quite a job to get all those baby's to boot correctly, but it's been a dream of mine for awhile... and with 500GB space, who cares

Anyway, i was wondering about Game / Program compatiblity on 2000. Will most programs that run on NT (isn't NT XP?), run on 2000 pro?

I've been wondering about this for awhile. I've seen most programs run on 2000 pro, (it's a awesome fast OS ).

If games / most programs run fine with 2000 pro, i think i'll use it as my main OS. And of course, For my shiny new server comp

So any know about this?

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2000 is NT 5.0 and XP is NT 5.1. But there is not complete compatibility among these OS's. 2000 and XP are closer relatives than NT and 2000, for example. But with XP's Compatibility Mode, you can run NT apps just like they were on NT. I don't think 2000 has that ability.

Overall, I would say that with that many OS's, you should be able to run just about anything. But I think you'd find XP quite a bit faster than 2000 if all the themes and eye-candy were disabled and it was run with the 2000 GUI.

The biggest problems you'll find with compatibility will be trying to run 9x family apps on NT machines, and vice versa. XP has a 95, 98, 2000, ME, and NT compatibility modes.

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I was having some memory issues with this GP7-650 Gateway computer. I have discovered that WinXP can often be very particular about memory; whereby WinXP will not install and gave numerous error messages; even though after installation, the problematic memory will sometimes work. I do have various memory that were for Apple computers laying around that are labeled as PC100. I have this 128mb Micron memory with US APPLE, PC100-322-620 that just would not work during WinXP installation, yet another 64mb PC-100-322-620 that was non-Apple labeled was finally able to install WinXP without numerous error messages. But I do see this PC100-322-620 often labeled as for Apple Computers like thei Mac, etc. Yet after I installed WinXP with this PC100 64mb, the Micron 128 did work. But then I was curious as to why the 64mb PC100 gave the message: serial presence device (spd) device data missing or inconclusive do you wish to boot at 100mhz bus speed ; properly programmed SPD device is required for reliable operation; yet the Micron 128mb did not. How important is this SPD on a memory chip? Also, apparently, other forms of Apple memory do not work like the Kingston KTA-G3/256 definitely caused problems, though it worked to some extent. Any insight into any of these issues? Basically, I'm just trying to get this Gateway to get the right memory without spending too much money. The gateway chat person said that all it required was PC100 SDRAM; the web site called for: 128-MB 100Mhz 64Bit... Read more

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Hey guys I was planning a building a new computer and I was wondering if an Intel E2160 will work with this motherboard: ABIT IP35 Pro LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard Thanks

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hello, ho can u switch form an installed videocard to an on-motherboard video card? help plz

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I'm looking to get a video card for my Pavilion  p7-1254 and I'm wondering what cards are compatible?

A:Video card compatiblity with p7-1254

Hi, Please check the following post    http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Desktop-Hardware-and-Upgrade-Questions/Upgrading-graphics-card-on-my-HP... Regards.

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Hello all,

i know somebody who owns a portege R830-1C8. He asked me, if my notebook RAM is compatible with his notebook.

Actually he has inside the notebook 2gb 1Rx8 PC3-10600S-09-11-B2.

My RAM is 4GB 2Rx8 PC3-12800S-11-12-F2.1600.

Can he use my RAM?

Thx and greetz

A:Toshiba Portege R830-1C8 RAM compatiblity question

Both are PC3, but not sure about the speed difference.
It may work, give it a try.

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Going by the specs of my PCs power pack (included photograph of the power pack below) will my PC manage OK with a graphics card that requires a 300 watt power supply and 30.5 watt max power consumption?

I'm particularly interested in the 30.5 watt max power consumption.


I'm hoping to get it very soon (if it will work OK) so any quick answers would be really great !

A:Graphics card power question?

I would replace the power supply. While liteon make fairly good Optical drives sometimes, their power supplies are really not high quality, and you only have 19A on the +12Vdc rail and a limit of 268W devided up between the +12Vdc and +5V rails. You should look at something from OCZ, Corsair, Antec, in 500 550 w range.

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I want to update my video card, I have a Dell Dimension E521 which has a PCI-E x16 slot. I want to get the highest PCI Express card out to date. When I browse the cards a lot of them have DDR3, Does that mean I have to have DDR3 memory for it to function, becuase my system has DDR2 memory. Thanks

A:Video Card Question?

DDR3 is the type of memory on the video card, which is the latest type for video cards. There is not a problem running DDR 3 memory on a video card with DDR2 computer RAM. Just make sure your video card is compatible with your motherboard. AGP in an AGP slot, or PCIE 16 in a PCIE 16 slot.

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Our kids computer keeps saying check video cable connection. I tried hooking it up to another monitior and same thing .I am assuming I need to buy a new video card . Does it matter which one I get. It is a hp pavilion 6640c running win 98 se ,384 mb ram, 30 gb Hard drive and I believe the processor is 500mhz . It is not hooked to the internet the kids need it to type up their reports for school and such . Geeeeeez what ever happened to writing it with pen ????

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So I bought a used video card to replace the exact same one I have now to see if it would solve a few issues I have been having. Well, as luck would have it the video card doesn't work. The screen was all pixelated. In fact, it was as soon as I turned on the computer that the BIOS screen was all messed up. So I immediately press and held the power button turning off my computer and replaced the GPU to my current one. Thus far everything is fine like normal. But my question is: what are the chances a bad GPU damaging your motherboard slot or PSU?

When I had the used card in the computer and booted up I heard a faint beep. I don't know where that came from. Certainly wasn't my motherboard speaker as that's louder. Do GPU's have a built-in speaker? This is a GTX 560 TI.

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Do the agp video cards mainly benifit just the gamers? Is there any benifit to bypass an integrated video card and go with an agp card for those of us who don't 't game?

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Yes, there is a benefit. Using a standalone card will free up some of your computer's system RAM (anywhere from 32MB to 128MB), which will speed up the general running of your machine, especially if you have less than 512MB of RAM. The RAM in your machine will also perform faster, as it isn't spending half of its time looking after the onboard video, this will result in Windows loading faster, MP3s encoding faster, and so on.

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Just recently bought a new computer from DELL. (Oct2006) and now I am thinking about upgrading to Vista now but I have a question about my video card. According to microsoft I am ready to upgrade to Vista Business but I want Vista Home Premium. When I print out the report for my system from the microsoft vista advisor it has the following about my video card.

No issues with the following devices:

Radeon X300 SE 128mb Hypermemory
Radeon X300 SE 128mb Hypermemory Secondary

What do the above two terms mean?

Thanks for the help


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Ok...my friend is giving me is couple year old video card if i want it...but i don't know if it is even better then the one i already have so does anybody know if it's better. I have all the names of the cards below

My current card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller

My friend's card: VISIONTEK NV996.0 RIVA TNT2

...yeah i know...they are both old but i'm getting my friend's for free so even if it's a little better then i'll get it...and if you don't know for certain then could you tell me if you THINK it might be better...thanks in advance

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I currently have a MSI (Micro-Star International) Nvidia Geforce N9400GT Graphics Card 512MB DDR2 HDMI Ready with 1080P HD Display Support.
Here is a link of the card (MSI Microstar Geforce 9400GT 512MB PCI Express x16 2.0 Video Card in Computer Video Cards at JR.com)

I was told this card only passes video with the HDMI and that for audio I would have to connect another cable to my sound system.

I've been searching around the net to see if this card indeed does not have audio from the HDMI but I cant find it anywhere.

I have been thinkinf of buying this card (Amazon.com: XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB DDR5 PCIE Graphics Card HD577AZNFC: ZipZoomFly) to replace the one I have because of this but want to be sure before I make the purchase

Can anyone confirm this for me please????
Please help and Thanks

A:Video Card Question

The 5770 will do that for you. Yes.

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I am looking to upgrade Vid card i currently have a AGP only slot. I was wondering if i should buy a ATI x1950 AGP card or if it would be overkill since my processor would be bottlenecking it. my system is P4 3.06ghz w/Ht 1.2gb DDR ram. Should i get the ATI or go for lower end card. Will my CPU bottleneck it much?

A:Video card question

If it were me I always go for the Best Card I can afford.

Gaphics Overkill......Never.........eheheheh

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ok this might be a stupid question but im trying to figure this out

ok im looking in to a new video card/cards

i have 2 ideas

i can either buy 1, 1 gb video card

or i can buy 2 512 mb video cards

i know about the clocking and such

but i wanna see what your guyses opinions are

i got 2 cards im looking at for the 1 gb



here are the 2 512 mb video cards



i know the diffrences between the series of cards and such

but im goin to run them on a pci express x16

and my board will only run sli

(ill post my new pc specs when its complete)

A:A video card question

Before you go choosing a video card, how big is your monitor, what do you mainly use your computer for and what is your power supply? 8600GTs aren't all that impressive in SLI mode, I've owned two of them myself. If you are looking for better performance in games, I would go with a single 9800GT. They are not that expensive and will be better than the two 8600GTs in SLI. Plus, you can always add another one later if you really wanted to run two video cards in your system.

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i have a NF7-s and i needed a video card as a temp. for like month (thats when im getting a 9800xt) so i bought a ATI Rage PRO TURBO 3D for 5bucks

ok fine but when i was reading my manul it says that the NF7-s will not run
3.3 volt video cards only 1.5 and 0.8 (i think) so im like UH-OH
my problem is how do i find out how many volts it uses?

it sounds like im up $%!^ creek with out a paddle huh?

what do you think?

A:Video Card Question?

It's a 3.3volt card as referenced here. http://www.ati.com/support/manualpdf/online.pdf

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if i uninstall my gforce 2 Pro/gts video card how can i reinstall it. i dont know much about this. but i want to switch video cards and i dont understand the concept of installing video cards. is the installing just the drivers? can i easily reinstall a video card if i uninstall it?

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Can someone help me find the best pci (ddr) video card out there, despite the price? Thanks

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What will the PC be used for and how much memory is installed and is it using XP??

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I just reformat my laptop and all of a sudden all my games are malfunctioning. They are not working well. Before there's no lag in all my games. But after the reformat, all of them have lag.

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My systems card is a 32 megabyte. 64 megabyte stuff wont run on it, right?
ATI Technologies Inc (ATI Technologies Inc)
Model : Radeon 7500 Series (RV200)
Bus Type : AGP
Total Memory : 64 MB
Texture Memory : 116 MB
Processor : RADEON 7500 Series AGP (0x5157)
Converter : Internal DAC(400MHz)
Refresh Rate (min/max) : 56/85 Hz

A:Video card question

most of the aplications that request 64 MB won't work because when they say 64 they really mean 128...and almost everywhere pxiel shader is requiered.

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my pc has 3 slots, my video card was installed in the lowest of these three slots, it seems to be getting very hot.. so much so that it has completely just "shut down," monitor went off and would not come back. once it cooled off it worked fine again.. i'm thinking moving it into the highest of these slots would be beneficial (give it some room to "breathe"). i tried moving it and i got a blue screen saying it prevented windows from starting.
so, my question is (and it may seem like a no brainer but, meh).. do i have to uninstall the card before moving to prevent this blue screen? and if so once i have done this, do i just install drivers to reinstall the card?

A:Video Card question

No, you don't have to "uninstall" the card from its slot. BTW heat moves upward? Unless its slapped face down on the bottom of you case, i'm not sure how that would help.

What card do you have? How long have you had it? Is it overclocked? How exactly do you know that its the cards fault? Cards will often be the hottest and most power consuming part. Whats the rest of your computer, specificly your motherboard?

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Hi I just got a Geforce 9800 gx2 video card. while trying to install it I noticed a problem. At the front of my computer is a kind of metal shelf. My hard drive sits on this shelf. The problem is that this shelf is too high above the mother board so I can't plug my video card into it. My video card is forced to sit on this when I put it in. There is no way around the shelf and it cannot be removed. So my question is this. Is there an adapter of some sort that can extend the length of the connector that plugs into the mother board? I really don't want to return this video card and I don't want to have to get a new computer tower if I can avoid it.

A:Video card question.

Yea, this is becoming a problem with newer video cards. They're getting longer and longer, and some cases aren't designed for it.

If it were my case, I'd move the hard drive to another spot, and cut a hole in the area in question. The case is just there to hold parts, you can hack it up however you want.

They do make PCI Express extension risers. Something like this might work. Or, you could try a flexible riser card, and move the card down a bit to clear the hard drive rack. It's hard to say what would work without exact measurements, and you may end up buying a riser and finding that it still won't fit. That's why I usually opt for the cut-it-up-until-it-fits option

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System specs:

1.7ghz P4
768mb PC2100 RAM
Intel Ch
40gb WD
160gb Maxtor
Both drives off an UltraATA 133 SiiG PCI card
GeForce 4 Ti4200 (64mb)

Motherboard is an older Intel 845 that only has 4x AGP and will only support processors with a 400mhz bus.

I've debated getting a new video card and power supply, with the idea of pulling both out and putting them in a new system later. The thing is, the cards I've considered, the 9800 Pro and 5900XT, only have 128mb RAM. There are 9600XT's out there with 256mb RAM. My choices are:

(1) Get a 9600XT with 256mb RAM, which is in the $140 to $180 price range.

(2) Get a 9800 Pro or 5900XT with 128mb RAM, which are in the $190 and up price range.

If someone recommends (2), which card is better? On newegg.com, they have a Gainward "Golden Sample" 5900XT card that's already overclocked to a 780mhz speed on the memory. Some reviews claim it can be overclocked to 900mhz. Newegg also has, however, an MSI 9800 Pro with a huge heatsink. R Reviews state that it can be flashed to an XT, but only overclocked to 750mhz without getting artifacts (not sure what that means other than extra random pixels). I appreciate any advice on what's the best stopgap for gaming until I buy or build a new system. I'm also thinking of buying an Antec or Enermax power supply at 400w or better. I know that I could put a new chip in, but that would be $150 and up and I'm not sure it will improve performance as much as a ne... Read more

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There are lots of 9800's with 256MB of RAM; but thats only required if you run games at resolutions over 1024 x 768 at the max settings. 256MB on a 9600 or equilavent card is mostly wasted.

I would prefer an ATI card over NVidia, a 9800XT is faster then a 5900XT.

The next step would be a new motherboard with support for faster FSB's. You would also need faster RAM.

My order of upgrading:
1). Video card
2). Powersupply
3). Motherboard
4). RAM
5). CPU

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If I were to get a Video Card for the computer I am using now could I transfer it to the computer I will build? Thanks!

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If I were to get a Video Card for the computer I am using now could I transfer it to the computer I will build? Thanks!

yes you can mate......providing they use the same interface....


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can anyone give me ideas of a cheap psu that is efficient, and what tempature should my video card run at?
SAPPHIRE 100255L Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card

M2N32-SLI Deluxe/Wireless Edition

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dust you haven't given us anything to go on. PSUs aren't all equal and motherboards and PSUs have to be compatible. Secondly your asking about video cards without sharing what type or kind your running. Fill in the missing info so we can help. Thanks Jazz

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First of all, welcome to Techspot!
Please refrain from typing in full capital letters, most of the members here find it very annoying.

I cant see a reason why you cant use an AGP video card with DDR Ram in a PC running with SDRAM. It will work offcourse. So its a thums up for me.

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Hello guys my bro just bough the xfx 4850 and 700w ocz power supply he didnt know how to install it so he contacted hp he has the m8430f hp said that the system might not be able to handle a power supply thats stornger then the one provided...so would it be a problem if i switch the power supply o 700w one and the 8500gt with the 4850? do i just uninstall the 8500gt drivers and switch the cards and the power supply and install new drivers to the 4850? hes running on vista 4bit i would really like help in the most basic form of words u can put it in because im not the best with computers

Newegg.ca - XFX HD-485X-YDFC Radeon HD 4850 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Product Specifications*

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Hello Soldier,

With this card, you need to make sure the mobo can hold it, as well as having the extra power cable for it.

I think Dell does this, I don't know about HP: They have their mobo's specially made with power connections that only work with their PSUs. So make sure you are VERY careful there, because if you are wrong, you WILL destroy the mobo and possibly the PSU. Other than that, installing a video card and PSU is very simple. Just unplug and unscrew the old PSU, and put in the new one in reverse of that order. Video card, pull out old one, push in new one. Done. Make sure it is seated properly.

If you need more specific or simplier info, let us know, we will be happy to help.


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I currently am using a Diamond Viper V550 video card (16 Megs) and am wondering about the little fan that is also on the card... should it be plugged in somewhere? I looked on my Mobo but can't find any place it would even fit, but I see that it is the same plugin as from my processor fan.... I am totally lost in this field, at least for the moment, and would appreciate any help or tips you have!

Also, I have been having alot of problems lately and they SEEM to be hardware related... to find out more about them go here
Maybe I am just working with a cursed computer

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I know very little about computers so I hope I have come to the right place.

I need to upgrade my video card. I now have a geforce 2MX 100/200. I would like to upgrade to a GF 4 ti4600 128MB. I just want to double check if this card will work in my machine. I don't understand about pci and apg slots and all that and am looking for help and advice.

I have XP pro
768 ram
30 gig hd
and the lowly vid card I mentioned above.

Thanks for your help.

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I need to know if my video card can support Hardware T&L. I have Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 on my computer. From what I have already read, it has been standard for a while now. Can anyone tell me, or tell me where I would look for a definitive answer. Thanks in advance.

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No, it doesn't have Hardware T&L, its a low entry Netbook GPU solution from Intel so whats standard in ATI/AMD and nVidia GPU's for laptops and desktops isn't always found here.

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]Ok i was wondering you know the settings for the video cards i have a nivada gforce 5200 and i was just wondering about the setting like u can change alot of stuff on the video card to make ur games run better just wondering if somone could tell me what to change and all that stuff thnx

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What would be a better investment

2 of these in crossfire:
1: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102770

or 1 of these as single cards
1: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150327
2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130433


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Which one is faster, Geforce 6800 GS AGP 256mb card or X1400 Radeon Hypermemory 256mb? What is the equivalent of X1400 Radeon in Nvidia?

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Hope this is in the right place.What i need is a recomendation for a new video card.I do play games quite alot but not looking for the absolute most powerfull one out there.Just one that can play most of the games out so far.With my 2.93 processer and 1024 meg ddr ram running winxp home 80 gig hd i have pretty decent specs to play most games.But my video card is lacking.

Which is why i'm posting this question here in hopes of finding some help on what i would need to play some of these newer games.My current video card is a Geforce mx 4000 agp 128mb ddr vga+s-video out from nvidia.Nice card and served me well in the past.What i seek now though is a card thats not to expensive yet will allow me to play games like final fantasy and everquest 2.

I've looked up some cards but not to knowledgable on exactly what i need (never bought a new card in a long time and then i lucked into this one being at my local wallmart).I'd like it to be under $100.00 if at all possible.Like i said i'm looking for a card to play these games and give me excellent video for the price.

I've looked up a few cards on http://www.tigerdirect.com/ But am confused on what exactly i need.So if some one could do me a favor and scan over what they have there and give me a recomendation on what would be my best buy to upgrade my card (please do not think of those with rebates though i've not had any luck with them)I'd greatly apreciate it.

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I have a slight question.. what would be better for gaming between these two.. Pny fx geforce 4 or evga - e geforce fx?
Im thinking pny would probly be better from what ive been hearing, but i dont know..so any opinions would help..thanks

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I had a PNY card and loved it because they have lifetime warrenty, I had the GeForce 3 ti 300 and it stopped working. So I called them and they said that they would replace it with the same card or better.
They didn't have the Ti 300, so I got the 500 instead, much better card and I didn't have to pay for it. All in all, I'd get the PNY and when the card stops selling do something to it so it stops working and doesn't have any sign of abuse. Then send it back and get the next better card.

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