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What's best gaming graphic card for my main board?

by salehwar / September 15, 2007 12:01 AM PDT


I have Intel's D845HV mother board and P4 2GHz CPU. I know its old! but I need the best graphic card that works with that board. I currently have nVidia GeForce 4 4800 Ti which is damaged somehow so I need to change it. I want best graphic card which suites this board.

thank you

Info about my board can be found here: http://support.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/d845hv/

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Is a certain graphic card compatible with my mainboard?
by salehwar / September 16, 2007 3:49 AM PDT

Thanks for the replay. How can I know that a certain graphic card is compatible with my mainboard?

Thank you

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You're mainboard supports AGP only
by mep916 / September 16, 2007 4:03 AM PDT

Inside your case, on the mainboard, you will notice several slots that are white, and one that is brown, the brown slot being above the white slots. The brown slot is your AGP slot. This is where you want to install your AGP graphics card. Go to a site such as Newegg, and search Video Cards -> AGP X4/X8. Although you're mainboard will only produce X4 AGP speeds, installing a card that supports X8 is okay.

Is this a custom built PC, or an OEM bought from Dell, HP, eMachines, etc.?

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by salehwar / September 16, 2007 4:20 AM PDT

Thank you all for replaying

It is custom built PC. I'm going to check what is available on the market and install it. I'll report back when I'm done. Thank you.

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by mep916 / September 16, 2007 4:25 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

Do not overlook the power supply. Inside your case, on the power supply, you should see a label with several, perhaps confusing, numerical values. You want to find the value that represents the Total Watt Output - or something like that. If it is below 300W, I would consider replacing the power supply as well.

The good news is that your case is probably standard ATX. You should be able to install a good 500W + power supply without problems - if you need to.

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by salehwar / September 16, 2007 4:52 AM PDT
In reply to: Remember...

It is AOpen case.. I think its standard case, can't say for sure.

The power supply doesn't show any number or table. I can't find anaything written on it. So I don't know the power output.

There is only small label on the power supply written on it, QC pass ese 016316 then a table of number, and number 4 is ticked.

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by mep916 / September 16, 2007 5:24 AM PDT
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Try unscrewing the power supply from the case (if you haven't already), and search the areas "hidden" due to the case.

Honestly, given the age of your mainboard and graphics card, you're probably ready for a new power supply. Use Newegg, or you're favorite retailer, and find something with at least 450W. Good brands include PC Power & Cooling, OCZ, Antec, and a few others.

Newegg.com's (no, I don't work for them, they just happen to be the best, in my opinion) customer reviews happen to be very reliable. When purchasing hardware, I often pay close attention to what others are saying about products I'm interested in. You may find the reviews to be helpful.

Happy Hunting!


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About your new video card
by frederico88 / September 17, 2007 10:46 AM PDT
In reply to: yes

I would like to know what you bought finally because I'm looking for a replacement to same old card you have.

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The AGP ones.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 16, 2007 4:08 AM PDT

The AGP slot is keyed to keep you from plugging in one that's incompatible so all I ever need to do (besides check the power supply) is to look at the slot and the card.


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Make sure...
by mep916 / September 16, 2007 2:39 AM PDT

...you consider the output of your power supply before purchasing a new card. Most require 300W+. The output of the 12V rail is also important.

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