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Greetings, alittle help please!

 

I've been editiing on a 3 year old PC with XP. I don't have much problem really but the occasional freeze & crash. Not a problem. I've recently upgraded Ram & harddrive. the PC has a "Nvidia Geforce FX 5600-XT 256MB card with DVI + TV out 8X AGP card" that came with it. Is it to my advantage to put a more up-to-date card in. I wouldn't want to spend more that $100 or so, because I don't have problems now. BUT then again I don't know what I'm missing or what I could have. Thanks guys,

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Greetings, alittle help please!

 

I've been editiing on a 3 year old PC with XP. I don't have much problem really but the occasional freeze & crash. Not a problem. I've recently upgraded Ram & harddrive. the PC has a "Nvidia Geforce FX 5600-XT 256MB card with DVI + TV out 8X AGP card" that came with it. Is it to my advantage to put a more up-to-date card in. I wouldn't want to spend more that $100 or so, because I don't have problems now. BUT then again I don't know what I'm missing or what I could have. Thanks guys,

 

The only thing that I would do is make sure you have the latest drivers for that video card.

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A new graphics card would probably help. However, for the $100 or so you want to spend, you won't find a really good video card at that cost. And if your computer is around 3 years old, I'm guessing that you don't have one of the newer graphics card slots on your motherboard. My guess is that you only have an AGP port connection. could be wrong however.

 

Frank...

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Thanks, so you don't think upgrading willmake much difference?

Thanks again

 

If it is working now, you don't have to upgrade to a new video card. There are some out there now, that are better, and they are relatively inexpensive, so if you really want one, go for it. I probably would. :)

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If the OP only has an AGP slot on the motherboard I doubt if he will find a card that will do much better than his FX-5600. If the MB has a PCI-e slot that's another story, but not knowing, it's hard to tell.

 

Frank...

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If the OP only has an AGP slot on the motherboard I doubt if he will find a card that will do much better than his FX-5600. If the MB has a PCI-e slot that's another story, but not knowing, it's hard to tell.

 

Frank...

Thanks for the input, I think I'll stay with what I have and just, buy new when I outgrow this. Thanks, Mike

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Thanks for the input, I think I'll stay with what I have and just, buy new when I outgrow this. Thanks, Mike

 

Glad you made that decision.

 

I was going to say that for you, in my opinion, there is really no good reason for you to upgrade with an AGP slot if that computer is doing what you want it to do now.

 

I would throw in though, that with an AGP slot and the machine being as old as it is, you will definately have a dinosaur in about one more year.

 

PCI slots have been out a couple years now and Vid card advancements have been tremendous with that advent. Now with Vista and DirectX 10 and DX 10 compliant cards just beginning to hit the market, this will definatley push yours into the realm of "obsolete".

 

In short, hang on and save your money up, then in a year go splurge and buy a machine that is top shelf or close to it.

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Glad you made that decision.

 

I was going to say that for you, in my opinion, there is really no good reason for you to upgrade with an AGP slot if that computer is doing what you want it to do now.

 

I would throw in though, that with an AGP slot and the machine being as old as it is, you will definately have a dinosaur in about one more year.

 

PCI slots have been out a couple years now and Vid card advancements have been tremendous with that advent. Now with Vista and DirectX 10 and DX 10 compliant cards just beginning to hit the market, this will definatley push yours into the realm of "obsolete".

 

In short, hang on and save your money up, then in a year go splurge and buy a machine that is top shelf or close to it.

 

Unfortunately, DX10 won't be offered to XP users. :(

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