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AGP 4X - 8X?

Ok, so I'm thinking about changing my graphics card. Right now I have a nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 card. On the card's properties window, it says "Bus: AGP 4X". The card I want to upgrade/downgrade (I'm not really sure if this card is better, all I know is that it has more memory) to is a nVIDIA GeForce MX 4000 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7215621&type=product&productCategoryId=cat01151&id=1114638478961). The card says that it supports AGP 8X.

so basically im asking: 1) is the MX 4000 card better than the one i have now? and
2) will my computer support the AGP 8X card when my current card says its on a AGP 4X bus?

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What is your computer?

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You should be concerned on what your computer is rather than the card you currently have. You didn't give us info on your PC...re the stuff in 'RED' when you went to post here...."Note: If you're asking for technical help......."

An AGP 8x card will work in a AGP 4x computer, and will run at 4x speed.

An AGP 4x card will work in a AGP 1x computer and will run at 1x speed.

I have a 4x AGP computer with 8x AGP card, and a 1x AGP Computer with a 4x AGP card.

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Uh

In reply to: What is your computer?

sorry, well, my computer is a sony vaio PCV-RZ22G model.
it has P4 at 2.4GHz, 512 MB RAM, WinXP Home SP2, as for the the motherboard and stuff like that, i have no idea.

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Thanks.....You have

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a 4x AGP slot in your motherboard.

The MX4000 is not really much of an increase over your current MX440 card.

Newegg has about 16 of those GeForce MX 4000 cards for $29 - $45.
http://tinyurl.com/alxlw

If you desire to stay in the $60 price range, I would suggest the Nvidia GeForce 5700 ($69) at Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133143
or the
Nvidia GeForce 5700LE:
http://tinyurl.com/an9td

Some additional info on your Sony PCV-RZ22G (yr 2003)

http://news.sel.sony.com/filestorage/download/vaio_ces_03_specs/PCV-RZ22G%20Spec%20Sheet.pdf

http://news.sel.sony.com/digitalimages/photo?photo_id=138170

Your motherboard:
http://www.partstore.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductSKU=1975755&s=froogle

A place for parts:
http://www.partstore.com/ModelDetail.aspx?PageState=1&ModelID=351020

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Wow

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Thanks! you went full out on the info huh? haha. also, about the cards you suggested, do they require power from the Power box thing. or you just plug into AGP and its good.

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Re: New card

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Nope, those do not require any extra power with a dongle cable..etc, just plug in. It should not consume any more or hardly any more power than your current card, and your current power supply (Power Box) should be OK. The video card box should come with instructions and a CD with the drivers. You may need to update the drivers with Nvidia online. If you have never been inside your PC and changed a card, or the instructions are not very good, here is some reading material that may help:

http://www.directron.com/howtovideo.html#physic

http://shopper.cnet.com/4002-7409_9-6246025.html

Keep yourself grounded so static electricity doesn't pop around to damage something inside.

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Last Question, i hope

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Im not a very big online shopper so i plan to buy a card at best buy or circuit city or something. the card you suggested is unfortunatly about $140. and i notice that ATI cards seem cheaper than nvidia cards so now im thinking about going with ATI, even though im more used to nvidia.
so im wondering, is this card: http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/ATI-Radeon-9200-Video-Card-100-436006-/sem/rpsm/oid/73860/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
or this:
http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/VisionTek-Xtasy-9250-AGP-Video-Card-9250128A-/sem/rpsm/oid/116585/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
equivalent or close to the same as the 5700 you suggested?
and if it is, would it require power box power?

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Video card purchas....

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IMO the ATI Radeon 9200 and 9250 are no where near the Nvidia 5700 or 5700LE. Check some of the comparisons in games here:
http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20031229/index.html

Also here:
http://graphics.tomshardware.com/graphic/20041110/buyers_guide-14.html

You currently have an Nvidia in your PC and I personally do not suggest a switch to ATI in the older cards, as you will have to deleted just about every mention of your Nvidia in your PC, clearing the drivers, and then I have read of many having ATI driver/installation problems.

In the 5700LE models this one would be my pick for the best card for the $ costing $95 plus $4 shipping with Newegg.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133106

If you can't go that price, then I would suggest the $69 Geforce 5700 at Newegg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814133143
or the $69 Geforce 5700LE at
http://tinyurl.com/an9td

I have purchase items from Newegg, and so have many others in these CNet forums without any problems. They are highly recommended being one of the top stores to deal with on mail-order. You should not be afraid of dealing with this particular company. You can use a credit card over the phone or call them about the procedures for U.S. Mail with a money order or personal check if you do not have a credit card. They are extremely prompt on delivery. Click on their Customer Service Info at the bottom of their page.

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I would try to get into the 9800 class...

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cant

In reply to: I would try to get into the 9800 class...

i cant buy what i like when what i like isnt friendly to mr. wallet

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