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Windows 7: Help On What Graphics Card I Should Buy...


01 May 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 / Ubuntu 9.10
 
 
Help On What Graphics Card I Should Buy...

I would appreciate any help, as I'm quite a noob in these matters... I'm going to upgrade my desktop hardware. The one thing that I know isn't too good is my graphics card. Nvidia doesn't even have a driver for Vista for it! (Now running Windows 7 RC with generic video driver) :*(

Now, I was wondering if anyone could tell me what would be something that would work for my system, would be at the max under 300 dollars, and could run World of Warcraft smoothly? I understand it won't run 100% perfect but I want it to have as little lag as possible obviously.

I've attached a hardware profile report created in Everest Freeware Edition. Anyone know what I should buy to replace my current graphics card? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

DesktopReport.txt




My System SpecsSystem Spec
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02 May 2009   #2

 
 

Well, with that chipset, the graphics bus type limits how good of a card you can get. For AGP 8x technology, it looks like the best you can get is a GeForce 6200... not much better. If you had a PCI Express bus (on a slightly newer chipset) I would recommend a GeForce GTX 275 or 9800 GTX+.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2009   #3

SEVEN x64
 
 

Hi Gemini Man......


Code:
    Computer:
      Operating System                                  Windows 7 Ultimate Media Center Edition
      OS Service Pack                                   -
      DirectX                                           4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
      Computer Name                                     JB-NEWROOMRC1
      User Name                                         JB

    Motherboard:
      CPU Type                                          AMD Athlon XP, 1833 MHz (11 x 167) 2500+
      Motherboard Name                                  MSI K7N2 Delta-L (MS-6570G)  (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 ACR, 3 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)
      Motherboard Chipset                               nVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400
      System Memory                                     1024 MB  (DDR SDRAM)
      BIOS Type                                         Award (11/07/03)
      Communication Port                                Communications Port (COM1)
      Communication Port                                Communications Port (COM2)
      Communication Port                                ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display:
      Video Adapter                                     Standard VGA Graphics Adapter  (64 MB)
      3D Accelerator                                    nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X
      Monitor                                           Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB]  (0)

    Multimedia:
      Audio Adapter                                     nVIDIA MCP2 - Audio Codec Interface

    Storage:
      IDE Controller                                    Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
      Floppy Drive                                      Floppy disk drive
      Disk Drive                                        Maxtor 6Y120P0 ATA Device  (120 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/133)
      Disk Drive                                        ST3160815A ATA Device  (149 GB, IDE)
      Disk Drive                                        WD 3200AAK External USB Device  (298 GB, USB)
      Optical Drive                                     MSI CD-RW CR52 ATA Device  (52x/32x/52x CD-RW)
      Optical Drive                                     SONY DVD RW DRU-840A USB Device
      SMART Hard Disks Status                           OK

    Partitions:
      C: (NTFS)                                         40959 MB (4548 MB free)
      D: (NTFS)                                         49999 MB (37030 MB free)
      E: (NTFS)                                         30719 MB (16527 MB free)
      F: (NTFS)                                         49999 MB (23842 MB free)
      J: (FAT32)                                        305168 MB (66417 MB free)
      K: (NTFS)                                         52104 MB (51806 MB free)
      Total Size                                        516.6 GB (195.5 GB free)

    Input:
      Keyboard                                          Standard PS/2 Keyboard
      Mouse                                             HID-compliant mouse

    Network:
      Network Adapter                                   NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller  (192.168.2.131)
      Modem                                             Intel(R) 536EP Modem

    Peripherals:
      Printer                                           Fax
      Printer                                           HP Photosmart C7200 series
      Printer                                           Microsoft XPS Document Writer
      Printer                                           Send To OneNote 2007
      USB1 Controller                                   nVIDIA MCP2 - OHCI USB Controller
      USB1 Controller                                   nVIDIA MCP2 - OHCI USB Controller
      USB2 Controller                                   nVIDIA MCP2 - EHCI USB 2.0 Controller
      USB Device                                        Generic USB Hub
      USB Device                                        JB's Zune
      USB Device                                        USB Input Device
      USB Device                                        USB Mass Storage Device
      USB Device                                        USB Mass Storage Device


--------[ DMI ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  [ BIOS ]

    BIOS Properties:
      Vendor                                            Phoenix Technologies, LTD
      Version                                           6.00 PG
      Release Date                                      11/07/2003
      Size                                              256 KB
      Boot Devices                                      Floppy Disk, Hard Disk, CD-ROM, ATAPI ZIP, LS-120
      Capabilities                                      Flash BIOS, Shadow BIOS, Selectable Boot, EDD
      Supported Standards                               DMI, APM, ACPI, PnP
      Expansion Capabilities                            ISA, PCI, AGP, USB

  [ System ]

    System Properties:
      Wake-Up Type                                      Power Switch

  [ Motherboard ]

    Motherboard Properties:
      Manufacturer                                      MICRO-STAR INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD
      Product                                           MS-6570

  [ Chassis ]

    Chassis Properties:
      Chassis Type                                      Desktop Case

  [ Memory Controller ]

    Memory Controller Properties:
      Error Detection Method                            8-bit Parity
      Error Correction                                  None
      Supported Memory Interleave                       1-Way
      Current Memory Interleave                         1-Way
      Supported Memory Speeds                           70ns, 60ns
      Supported Memory Types                            SPM, EDO
      Supported Memory Voltages                         5V
      Maximum Memory Module Size                        32 MB
      Memory Slots                                      3

  [ Processors / AMD Athlon(tm) XP ]

    Processor Properties:
      Manufacturer                                      AMD
      Version                                           AMD Athlon(tm) XP
      External Clock                                    166 MHz
      Maximum Clock                                     2200 MHz
      Current Clock                                     1833 MHz
      Type                                              Central Processor
      Voltage                                           1.6 V
      Status                                            Enabled
      Upgrade                                           ZIF
      Socket Designation                                Socket A

  [ Caches / Internal Cache ]

    Cache Properties:
      Type                                              Internal
      Status                                            Enabled
      Operational Mode                                  Write-Back
      Maximum Size                                      128 KB
      Installed Size                                    128 KB
      Supported SRAM Type                               Synchronous
      Current SRAM Type                                 Synchronous
      Socket Designation                                Internal Cache

  [ Caches / External Cache ]

    Cache Properties:
      Type                                              External
      Status                                            Enabled
      Operational Mode                                  Write-Back
      Maximum Size                                      512 KB
      Installed Size                                    512 KB
      Supported SRAM Type                               Synchronous
      Current SRAM Type                                 Synchronous
      Socket Designation                                External Cache

  [ Memory Modules / A0 ]

    Memory Module Properties:
      Socket Designation                                A0
      Speed                                             60 ns
      Installed Size                                    Not Installed
      Enabled Size                                      Not Installed

  [ Memory Modules / A1 ]

    Memory Module Properties:
      Socket Designation                                A1
      Speed                                             60 ns
      Installed Size                                    512 MB
      Enabled Size                                      512 MB

  [ Memory Modules / A2 ]

    Memory Module Properties:
      Socket Designation                                A2
      Speed                                             60 ns
      Installed Size                                    512 MB
      Enabled Size                                      512 MB

  [ Memory Devices / A0 ]

    Memory Device Properties:
      Form Factor                                       DIMM
      Device Locator                                    A0
      Bank Locator                                      Bank0/1
      Manufacturer                                      None
      Serial Number                                     None
      Asset Tag                                         None
      Part Number                                       None

  [ Memory Devices / A1 ]

    Memory Device Properties:
      Form Factor                                       DIMM
      Size                                              512 MB
      Device Locator                                    A1
      Bank Locator                                      Bank2/3
      Manufacturer                                      None
      Serial Number                                     None
      Asset Tag                                         None
      Part Number                                       None

  [ Memory Devices / A2 ]

    Memory Device Properties:
      Form Factor                                       DIMM
      Size                                              512 MB
      Device Locator                                    A2
      Bank Locator                                      Bank4/5
      Manufacturer                                      None
      Serial Number                                     None
      Asset Tag                                         None
      Part Number                                       None

  [ System Slots / PCI0 ]

    System Slot Properties:
      Slot Designation                                  PCI0
      Type                                              PCI
      Usage                                             In Use
      Data Bus Width                                    32-bit
      Length                                            Long

  [ System Slots / PCI1 ]

    System Slot Properties:
      Slot Designation                                  PCI1
      Type                                              PCI
      Usage                                             Empty
      Data Bus Width                                    32-bit
      Length                                            Long

  [ System Slots / PCI2 ]

    System Slot Properties:
      Slot Designation                                  PCI2
      Type                                              PCI
      Usage                                             In Use
      Data Bus Width                                    32-bit
      Length                                            Long

  [ System Slots / PCI3 ]

    System Slot Properties:
      Slot Designation                                  PCI3
      Type                                              PCI
      Usage                                             In Use
      Data Bus Width                                    32-bit
      Length                                            Long

  [ System Slots / PCI4 ]

    System Slot Properties:
      Slot Designation                                  PCI4
      Type                                              PCI
      Usage                                             Empty
      Data Bus Width                                    32-bit
      Length                                            Long

  [ System Slots / AGP ]

    System Slot Properties:
      Slot Designation                                  AGP
      Type                                              AGP
      Usage                                             Empty
      Data Bus Width                                    32-bit
      Length                                            Long

  [ Port Connectors / PRIMARY IDE ]

    Port Connector Properties:
      Internal Reference Designator                     PRIMARY IDE
      Internal Connector Type                           On-Board IDE
      External Connector Type                           None

  [ Port Connectors / SECONDARY IDE ]

    Port Connector Properties:
      Internal Reference Designator                     SECONDARY IDE
      Internal Connector Type                           On-Board IDE
      External Connector Type                           None

  [ Port Connectors / FDD ]

    Port Connector Properties:
      Port Type                                         8251 FIFO Compatible
      Internal Reference Designator                     FDD
      Internal Connector Type                           On-Board Floppy
      External Connector Type                           None

  [ Port Connectors / COM1 ]

    Port Connector Properties:
      Port Type                                         Serial Port 16450 Compatible
      Internal Reference Designator                     COM1
      Internal Connector Type                           9 Pin Dual Inline (pin 10 cut)
      External Connector Type                           DB-9 pin male

  [ Port Connectors / COM2 ]

    Port Connector Properties:
      Port Type                                         Serial Port 16450 Compatible
      Internal Reference Designator                     COM2
      Internal Connector Type                           9 Pin Dual Inline (pin 10 cut)
      External Connector Type                           DB-9 pin male

  [ Port Connectors / LPT1 ]

    Port Connector Properties:
      Port Type                                         Parallel Port ECP/EPP
      Internal Reference Designator                     LPT1
      Internal Connector Type                           DB-25 pin female
      External Connector Type                           DB-25 pin female

  [ Port Connectors / Keyboard ]

    Port Connector Properties:
      Port Type                                         Keyboard Port
      Internal Reference Designator                     Keyboard
      Internal Connector Type                           PS/2
      External Connector Type                           PS/2

  [ Port Connectors / PS/2 Mouse ]

    Port Connector Properties:
      Port Type                                         Mouse Port
      Internal Reference Designator                     PS/2 Mouse
      Internal Connector Type                           PS/2
      External Connector Type                           PS/2

  [ Port Connectors / USB ]

    Port Connector Properties:
      Port Type                                         USB
      Internal Connector Type                           None
      External Reference Designator                     USB


--------[ Overclock ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    CPU Properties:
      CPU Type                                          AMD Athlon XP 2500+
      CPU Alias                                         Barton
      CPU Stepping                                      A2
      CPUID CPU Name                                    AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2500+
      CPUID Revision                                    000006A0h

    CPU Speed:
      CPU Clock                                         1829.47 MHz
      CPU Multiplier                                    11.0x
      CPU FSB                                           166.32 MHz
      Memory Bus                                        133.05 MHz

    CPU Cache:
      L1 Code Cache                                     64 KB
      L1 Data Cache                                     64 KB
      L2 Cache                                          512 KB  (On-Die, Full-Speed)

    Motherboard Properties:
      Motherboard ID                                    11/07/2003-nVidia-nForce-6A61BM4CC-00
      Motherboard Name                                  MSI K7N2 Delta-L (MS-6570G)  (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 ACR, 3 DDR DIMM, Audio, LAN)

    Chipset Properties:
      Motherboard Chipset                               nVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400
      Memory Timings                                    2.5-3-3-6  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
      Command Rate (CR)                                 1T

    SPD Memory Modules:
      DIMM2: Apacer Tech.                               512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM  (3.0-4-4-8 @ 200 MHz)  (2.5-3-3-7 @ 166 MHz)  (2.0-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)
      DIMM3: SpecTek                                    512 MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM  (2.5-3-3-6 @ 133 MHz)  (2.0-2-2-5 @ 100 MHz)

    BIOS Properties:
      System BIOS Date                                  11/07/03
      Video BIOS Date                                   08/01/03
      Award BIOS Type                                   Phoenix-Award BIOS v6.00PG
      Award BIOS Message                                W6570MS V5.6 110703 10:38:29
      DMI BIOS Version                                  6.00 PG

    Graphics Processor Properties:
      Video Adapter                                     MSI MX440-8X (MS-8935)
      GPU Code Name                                     NV18  (AGP 8x 10DE / 0181, Rev A4)
      GPU Clock                                         250 MHz
      Memory Clock                                      202 MHz


--------[ Power Management ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Power Management Properties:
      Current Power Source                              AC Line
      Battery Status                                    No Battery
      Full Battery Lifetime                             Unknown
      Remaining Battery Lifetime                        Unknown


--------[ Sensor ]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Sensor Properties:
      Sensor Type                                       Winbond W83627HF  (ISA 290h)
      Motherboard Name                                  MSI K7N2 Series

    Temperatures:
      Motherboard                                       38 C  (100 F)
      CPU                                               65 C  (149 F)
      Maxtor 6Y120P0                                    39 C  (102 F)
      Seagate ST3160815A                                40 C  (104 F)

    Cooling Fans:
      CPU                                               3709 RPM

    Voltage Values:
      CPU Core                                          1.63 V
      Aux                                               1.70 V
      +3.3 V                                            3.28 V
      +5 V                                              5.00 V
      +12 V                                             11.73 V
      -12 V                                             -11.79 V
      -5 V                                              -4.85 V
      +5 V Standby                                      4.97 V
      VBAT Battery                                      2.99 V
      Debug Info F                                      FF 5B FF
      Debug Info T                                      38 65 39
      Debug Info V                                      66 6A CD BA C1 26 39 (01)


--------[ CPU ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    CPU Properties:
      CPU Type                                          AMD Athlon XP, 1833 MHz (11 x 167) 2500+
      CPU Alias                                         Barton
      CPU Stepping                                      A2
      Instruction Set                                   x86, MMX, 3DNow!, SSE
      L1 Code Cache                                     64 KB
      L1 Data Cache                                     64 KB
      L2 Cache                                          512 KB  (On-Die, Full-Speed)

    CPU Physical Info:
      Package Type                                      453 Pin PGA
      Package Size                                      4.95 cm x 4.95 cm
      Transistors                                       54.3 million
      Process Technology                                6Mi, 0.13 um, CMOS, Cu
      Die Size                                          101 mm2
      Core Voltage                                      1.65 V
      I/O Voltage                                       1.6 V
      Typical Power                                     53.7 - 60.4 W  (depending on clock speed)
      Maximum Power                                     68.3 - 76.8 W  (depending on clock speed)

    CPU Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
      Product Information                               http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118,00.html

    CPU Utilization:
      CPU #1                                            0 %


--------[ CPUID ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    CPUID Properties:
      CPUID Manufacturer                                AuthenticAMD
      CPUID CPU Name                                    AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2500+
      CPUID Revision                                    000006A0h
      Extended CPUID Revision                           000007A0h
      Platform ID                                       CBh  (Socket A)
      IA CPU Serial Number                              Unknown
      HTT / CMP Units                                   0 / 0

    Instruction Set:
      64-bit x86 Extension (AMD64, EM64T)               Not Supported
      Alternate Instruction Set                         Not Supported
      AMD 3DNow!                                        Supported
      AMD 3DNow! Professional                           Supported
      AMD Enhanced 3DNow!                               Supported
      AMD Extended MMX                                  Supported
      Cyrix Extended MMX                                Not Supported
      IA-64                                             Not Supported
      IA MMX                                            Supported
      IA SSE                                            Supported
      IA SSE 2                                          Not Supported
      IA SSE 3                                          Not Supported
      CLFLUSH Instruction                               Not Supported
      CMPXCHG8B Instruction                             Supported
      CMPXCHG16B Instruction                            Not Supported
      Conditional Move Instruction                      Supported
      MONITOR / MWAIT Instruction                       Not Supported
      RDTSCP Instruction                                Not Supported
      SYSCALL / SYSRET Instruction                      Supported
      SYSENTER / SYSEXIT Instruction                    Supported
      VIA FEMMS Instruction                             Not Supported

    Security Features:
      Advanced Cryptography Engine (ACE)                Not Supported
      Data Execution Prevention (DEP, NX, EDB)          Not Supported
      Hardware Random Number Generator (RNG)            Not Supported
      Montgomery Multiplier & Hash Engine               Not Supported
      Processor Serial Number (PSN)                     Not Supported

    Power Management Features:
      Automatic Clock Control                           Not Supported
      Enhanced Halt State (C1E)                         Not Supported
      Enhanced SpeedStep Technology (EIST, ESS)         Not Supported
      Frequency ID Control                              Not Supported
      LongRun                                           Not Supported
      LongRun Table Interface                           Not Supported
      PowerSaver 1.0                                    Not Supported
      PowerSaver 2.0                                    Not Supported
      PowerSaver 3.0                                    Not Supported
      Processor Duty Cycle Control                      Not Supported
      Software Thermal Control                          Not Supported
      Temperature Sensing Diode                         Supported
      Thermal Monitor 1                                 Not Supported
      Thermal Monitor 2                                 Not Supported
      Thermal Monitoring                                Not Supported
      Thermal Trip                                      Not Supported
      Voltage ID Control                                Not Supported

    CPUID Features:
      36-bit Page Size Extension                        Supported
      Address Region Registers (ARR)                    Not Supported
      CPL Qualified Debug Store                         Not Supported
      Debug Trace Store                                 Not Supported
      Debugging Extension                               Supported
      Fast Save & Restore                               Supported
      Hyper-Threading Technology (HTT)                  Not Supported
      L1 Context ID                                     Not Supported
      Local APIC On Chip                                Supported
      Machine Check Architecture (MCA)                  Supported
      Machine Check Exception (MCE)                     Supported
      Memory Configuration Registers (MCR)              Not Supported
      Memory Type Range Registers (MTRR)                Supported
      Model Specific Registers (MSR)                    Supported
      Page Attribute Table (PAT)                        Supported
      Page Global Extension                             Supported
      Page Size Extension (PSE)                         Supported
      Pending Break Event                               Not Supported
      Physical Address Extension (PAE)                  Supported
      Secure Virtual Machine Extensions (Pacifica)      Not Supported
      Self-Snoop                                        Not Supported
      Time Stamp Counter (TSC)                          Supported
      Virtual Machine Extensions (Vanderpool)           Not Supported
      Virtual Mode Extension                            Supported

    CPUID Registers (CPU #1):
      CPUID 00000000                                    00000001-68747541-444D4163-69746E65
      CPUID 00000001                                    000006A0-00000000-00000000-0383FBFF
      CPUID 80000000                                    80000008-68747541-444D4163-69746E65
      CPUID 80000001                                    000007A0-00000000-00000000-C1C3FBFF
      CPUID 80000002                                    20444D41-6C687441-74286E6F-5820296D
      CPUID 80000003                                    35322050-002B3030-00000000-00000000
      CPUID 80000004                                    00000000-00000000-00000000-00000000
      CPUID 80000005                                    0408FF08-FF20FF10-40020140-40020140
      CPUID 80000006                                    00000000-41004100-02008140-00000000
      CPUID 80000007                                    00000000-00000000-00000000-00000001
      CPUID 80000008                                    00002022-00000000-00000000-00000000

    MSR Registers:
      MSR C0010015                                      0000-0000-0001-1008


--------[ Motherboard ]-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Motherboard Properties:
      Motherboard ID                                    11/07/2003-nVidia-nForce-6A61BM4CC-00
      Motherboard Name                                  MSI K7N2 Delta-L (MS-6570G)

    Front Side Bus Properties:
      Bus Type                                          DEC Alpha EV6
      Bus Width                                         64-bit
      Real Clock                                        167 MHz (DDR)
      Effective Clock                                   333 MHz
      Bandwidth                                         2666 MB/s

    Memory Bus Properties:
      Bus Type                                          DDR SDRAM
      Bus Width                                         64-bit
      Real Clock                                        133 MHz (DDR)
      Effective Clock                                   267 MHz
      Bandwidth                                         2133 MB/s

    Chipset Bus Properties:
      Bus Type                                          HyperTransport v1.0
      Bus Width                                         8-bit

    Motherboard Physical Info:
      CPU Sockets/Slots                                 1 Socket 462
      Expansion Slots                                   5 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 ACR
      RAM Slots                                         3 DDR DIMM
      Integrated Devices                                Audio, LAN
      Form Factor                                       ATX
      Motherboard Size                                  230 mm x 300 mm
      Motherboard Chipset                               nForce2-SPP

    Motherboard Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      Micro-Star International
      Product Information                               http://www.msi.com.tw/program/products/mainboard/mbd/pro_mbd_list.php
      BIOS Download                                     http://www.msi.com.tw/program/support/bios/bos/spt_bos_list.php


--------[ Memory ]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Physical Memory:
      Total                                             1023 MB
      Used                                              670 MB
      Free                                              352 MB
      Utilization                                       66 %

    Swap Space:
      Total                                             2047 MB
      Used                                              839 MB
      Free                                              1208 MB
      Utilization                                       41 %

    Virtual Memory:
      Total                                             3071 MB
      Used                                              1509 MB
      Free                                              1561 MB
      Utilization                                       49 %

    Physical Address Extension (PAE):
      Supported by Operating System                     Yes
      Supported by CPU                                  Yes
      Active                                            No


--------[ SPD ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  [ DIMM2: Apacer Tech. (512 MB PC3200 DDR SDRAM) ]

    Memory Module Properties:
      Module Name                                       Apacer Tech.
      Serial Number                                     None
      Module Size                                       512 MB (2 ranks, 4 banks)
      Module Type                                       Unbuffered
      Memory Type                                       DDR SDRAM
      Memory Speed                                      PC3200 (200 MHz)
      Module Width                                      64 bit
      Module Voltage                                    SSTL 2.5
      Error Detection Method                            None
      Refresh Rate                                      Reduced (7.8 us), Self-Refresh

    Memory Timings:
      @ 200 MHz                                         3.0-4-4-8  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
      @ 166 MHz                                         2.5-3-3-7  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
      @ 133 MHz                                         2.0-3-3-6  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

    Memory Module Features:
      Early RAS# Precharge                              Not Supported
      Auto-Precharge                                    Not Supported
      Precharge All                                     Not Supported
      Write1/Read Burst                                 Not Supported
      Buffered Address/Control Inputs                   Not Supported
      Registered Address/Control Inputs                 Not Supported
      On-Card PLL (Clock)                               Not Supported
      Buffered DQMB Inputs                              Not Supported
      Registered DQMB Inputs                            Not Supported
      Differential Clock Input                          Supported
      Redundant Row Address                             Not Supported

    Memory Module Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      Apacer Technology Inc.
      Product Information                               http://www.apacer.com/en/products/DRAM_Modules.htm

  [ DIMM3: SpecTek (512 MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM) ]

    Memory Module Properties:
      Module Name                                       SpecTek
      Serial Number                                     1B1FD153h 
      Manufacture Date                                  Week 45 / 2002
      Module Size                                       512 MB (1 rank, 4 banks)
      Module Type                                       Unbuffered
      Memory Type                                       DDR SDRAM
      Memory Speed                                      PC2100 (133 MHz)
      Module Width                                      64 bit
      Module Voltage                                    SSTL 2.5
      Error Detection Method                            None
      Refresh Rate                                      Reduced (7.8 us)

    Memory Timings:
      @ 133 MHz                                         2.5-3-3-6  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
      @ 100 MHz                                         2.0-2-2-5  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

    Memory Module Features:
      Early RAS# Precharge                              Not Supported
      Auto-Precharge                                    Not Supported
      Precharge All                                     Not Supported
      Write1/Read Burst                                 Not Supported
      Buffered Address/Control Inputs                   Not Supported
      Registered Address/Control Inputs                 Not Supported
      On-Card PLL (Clock)                               Not Supported
      Buffered DQMB Inputs                              Not Supported
      Registered DQMB Inputs                            Not Supported
      Differential Clock Input                          Supported
      Redundant Row Address                             Not Supported

    Memory Module Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      Micron Technology, Inc.
      Product Information                               http://www.spectek.com/menus/memory_module.asp


--------[ Chipset ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  [ North Bridge: nVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 (Crush18) ]

    North Bridge Properties:
      North Bridge                                      nVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400 (Crush18)
      Revision                                          C1
      Package Type                                      840 Pin BGA
      In-Order Queue Depth                              8

    Memory Controller:
      Type                                              Dual Channel  (128-bit)
      Active Mode                                       Single Channel  (64-bit)

    Memory Timings:
      CAS Latency (CL)                                  2.5T
      RAS To CAS Delay (tRCD)                           3T
      RAS Precharge (tRP)                               3T
      RAS Active Time (tRAS)                            6T
      Row Cycle Time (tRC)                              9T
      Row Refresh Cycle Time (tRFC)                     10T
      Command Rate (CR)                                 1T
      RAS To RAS Delay (tRRD)                           2T
      Read To Read Delay (tRTR)                         2T
      Read To Write Delay (tRTW)                        4T
      Write To Read Delay (tWTR)                        3T

    Error Correction:
      ECC                                               Not Supported
      ChipKill ECC                                      Not Supported
      RAID                                              Not Supported
      ECC Scrubbing                                     Not Supported

    Memory Slots:
      DRAM Slot #1                                      512 MB  (DDR SDRAM)
      DRAM Slot #2                                      512 MB  (DDR SDRAM)

    AGP Controller:
      AGP Version                                       3.00
      AGP Status                                        Enabled
      AGP Device                                        MSI MX440-8X (MS-8935)
      AGP Aperture Size                                 128 MB
      Supported AGP Speeds                              1x, 2x, 4x, 8x
      Current AGP Speed                                 8x
      Fast-Write                                        Supported, Enabled
      Side Band Addressing                              Supported, Enabled

    Chipset Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      NVIDIA Corporation
      Product Information                               http://www.nvidia.com/page/mobo.html
      Driver Download                                   http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

  [ South Bridge: nVIDIA MCP2 ]

    South Bridge Properties:
      South Bridge                                      nVIDIA MCP2
      Revision                                          A4
      Package Type                                      484 Pin BGA

    AC'97 Audio Controller:
      Audio Controller Type                             nVIDIA MCP2
      Codec Name                                        Avance Logic ALC655
      Codec ID                                          414C4760h
      S/PDIF Output                                     Supported

    Chipset Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      NVIDIA Corporation
      Product Information                               http://www.nvidia.com/page/mobo.html
      Driver Download                                   http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp


--------[ BIOS ]--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    BIOS Properties:
      BIOS Type                                         Award
      Award BIOS Type                                   Phoenix-Award BIOS v6.00PG
      Award BIOS Message                                W6570MS V5.6 110703 10:38:29
      System BIOS Date                                  11/07/03
      Video BIOS Date                                   08/01/03

    BIOS Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
      Product Information                               http://www.phoenix.com/en/products/default.htm
      BIOS Upgrades                                     http://www.esupport.com/biosagent/index.cfm?refererid=40

    Problems & Suggestions:
      Suggestion                                        Are you looking for a BIOS Upgrade?  Contact eSupport Today!
      Suggestion                                        System BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.
      Suggestion                                        Video BIOS is more than 2 years old. Update it if necessary.


--------[ Windows Video ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  [ Standard VGA Graphics Adapter ]

    Video Adapter Properties:
      Device Description                                Standard VGA Graphics Adapter
      Adapter String                                    VGA
      BIOS String                                       Chip Rev A2
      Chip Type                                         NVidia
      DAC Type                                          8 bit
      Installed Drivers                                 vga (6.1.7100.0 (winmain_win7rc.090421-1700)), framebuf (6.1.7100.0 (winmain_win7rc.090421-1700)), vga256 (6.1.7100.0 (winmain_win7rc.090421-1700)), vga64k (6.1.7100.0 (winmain_win7rc.090421-1700))
      Memory Size                                       64 MB


--------[ PCI / AGP Video ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X (MSI MX440-8X)                                  Video Adapter
    nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 with AGP8X                                                 3D Accelerator


--------[ GPU ]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

  [ AGP 8x: MSI MX440-8X (MS-8935) ]

    Graphics Processor Properties:
      Video Adapter                                     MSI MX440-8X (MS-8935)
      GPU Code Name                                     NV18
      PCI Device                                        10DE / 0181
      Transistors                                       29 million
      Process Technology                                0.15u
      Bus Type                                          AGP 8x @ 8x
      Memory Size                                       64 MB
      GPU Clock                                         250 MHz
      RAMDAC Clock                                      350 MHz
      Pixel Pipelines                                   2
      TMU Per Pipeline                                  2
      Pixel Fillrate                                    500 MPixel/s
      Texel Fillrate                                    1000 MTexel/s

    Memory Bus Properties:
      Bus Type                                          DDR
      Bus Width                                         64-bit
      Real Clock                                        202 MHz (DDR)
      Effective Clock                                   405 MHz
      Bandwidth                                         3240 MB/s

    Graphics Processor Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      NVIDIA Corporation
      Product Information                               http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=products
      Driver Download                                   http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp

    nVIDIA GPU Registers:
      nv-000000                                         018100A2
      nv-100000                                         00000000
      nv-100200                                         09C10001
      nv-10020C                                         04000000
      nv-101000                                         8040D0AF
      nv-680500                                         00012502
      nv-680504                                         00000F01
      nv-680570                                         00000000
      nv-680574                                         00000000
      nv-68057C                                         00000000
unfortunately your H/W is pretty old so upgrading onto the existing stuff is gonna be like throwing money away IMO...., but any card will be an improvement over what you have i suppose....


Due to your motherboard limitations & the fact you wont have a dedicated 6pin for additional GFX power (correct me if wrong), this is about as good as you can do with an AGP port....

X1650 PRO AGP

this will require a 4pin molex, the same as what your HDDs take..... its pretty cheap & it will be ''leaps & bounds'' better than what you have.....

but i cant stress enough the need for a complete new build if you dabble in gaming...




SK
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02 May 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64 / Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

@skunksmash: Ah yes, well i suppose you get what you pay for! This computer is at least 3 or 4 years old, and I don't believe it was cutting edge then either haha. A friend of mine has finally convinced me to give WoW a try, but I know with my crappy graphics card I simply cannot! I was hoping to hold out on the computer market, as I want to wait for the Windows 7 final release and USB 3.0 integration... So, the card that you recommend would run WoW?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2009   #5

SEVEN x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gemini Man View Post
@skunksmash: Ah yes, well i suppose you get what you pay for! This computer is at least 3 or 4 years old, and I don't believe it was cutting edge then either haha. A friend of mine has finally convinced me to give WoW a try, but I know with my crappy graphics card I simply cannot! I was hoping to hold out on the computer market, as I want to wait for the Windows 7 final release and USB 3.0 integration... So, the card that you recommend would run WoW?
well, if you can play it with your current H/W this card will improve your experience...

Quote:

OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista (with latest Service Packs)

Processor:
Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+
Recommended: Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
Memory:
Minimum: 512 MB RAM (1GB for Vista users)
Recommended: 1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
Video:
Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better
Sound: DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability

Mac System Requirements

OS: Mac OS X 10.4.11 or newer

Processor:
Minimum: PowerPC G5 1.6 GHz or Intel Core Duo processor
Recommended: Intel 1.8GHz processor or better
Memory:
Minimum: 1 GB RAM
Recommended: 2 GB RAM
Video:
Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 64 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon 9600 or NVIDIA GeForce Ti 4600 class card or better
Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA 7600 class card or better
All Platforms

Controls: A keyboard and mouse are required. Input devices other than a mouse and keyboard are not supported.
Connectivity: You must have an active broadband Internet connection to play.
Mouse: Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel recommended.
Hard Drive Space: 15 GB free hard drive space

For a complete list of supported 3D cards, visit www.worldofwarcraft.com/supportedvideo
Note that due to the evolving nature of the game, the minimum system requirements for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King may change over time.
here's the recommended specs, as luck would have it the card i suggested is actually on it....




SK
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2009   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 / Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Well, I'm going to purchase that one. Thank you very much!

Any thing difficult I should note about installing it? Just crack open, find where it connects, pop it in?
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02 May 2009   #7

Windows 7 x64 Build 7264
 
 

Upgrade your rig and go with a Sapphire Radeon 4870X2. I've had one of these for a month now and had no problems at all and have just crossfired it with another 4870.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2009   #8

7600.20510 x86
 
 

For an AGP system, check my specs!

you will absoultely love the HIS Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 Turbo HDMI Dual DL-DVI AGP.

I have an NVidia 6200 A-Le in my other system and believe me...you can not even mention the two cards in the same sentence....the HIS is many many over times greater it is sick!
nowhere in the same league at all.

Hands down, the HIS is by far the best AGP card available plus you can overclock it on air like crazy I tell you.

It cost me 200 bucks US but maybe now it's slightly lower. Worth every penny to boost an aging system. I play H.A.W.X. on every setting highest possible, DirectX 10 and it rips. No stutters, slowdowns or problems at all except it had a little only on one level where it was crazy! lol

Don't worry about power consumption. I run on 350 watt psu with 4 hard drives attached, no problems whatsoever. They give you the connector for power in the box. It needs 2 molex connectors to attach from your psu, but you can always get creative and splice in from 2 separate rails if you don't have connectors available from the psu.

So to be clear, you would be good to go out of the box if you either have two regular 4-pin connectors available OR could rig your psu lines to provide these two 4-pin molex connectors beforehand. The 2 molex connectors attach to the 6 pin converter. Then that 6 pin goes into the 8 pin power connector on the card, using the 6 pins closest tot he top of the card....and the remaining 2 near the bottom simply go unused. They're not needed.

Here's a pic on amazon...

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/HIS-H385Q512ANP-Radeon-DL-DVI-256bit/dp/B00168V3JW"]Amazon.com: HIS H385Q512ANP Radeon HD 3850 IceQ 3 Turbo HDMI Dual DL-DVI (HDCP) 512MB (256bit) GDDR3 AGP Video Card Retail (RoHS): Electronics[/ame]


HIS' page for it:

http://www.hisdigital.com/un/product2-358.shtml

And finally, a GPU-Z screenshot from me:


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02 May 2009   #9

Windows 7 Professional x64 / Ubuntu 9.10
 
 

Wow, thanks so much guys for all the constructive feedback!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2009   #10

Windows 7077
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skunksmash View Post
agp x1950 pro

Need a decent psu though (400w+)
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