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How do I know...
#1
If my graphics card is being used for sure? I have it plugged into the gfx card is that it?

Also I checked using everest and i was looking through the chipset section and at the very bottom it say:

Problem AGP is disabled. This may cause performance penalty.
Problem Current AGP speed is lower than maximum supported. This may cause performance penalty.


I'm confused. Not sure if I should worry?
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#2
what gfx card did you plug in ?

you can check it in display settings, first page will say default monitor on such and such card.
if it list the agp card you put in windows is using it.
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#3
It says RADEON 9000 so I'm guessing its using it

its a Sapphire Radeon 9000
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#4
well if windows has named it as that then its using it.
if you were on the onboard gfx it would say nvidia geforce 2 tnt

you could check the bios settings as well, make sure first display is set to AGP and not PCI
and then check the agp port settings are set to x8
that would get the best out of the card
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#5
I found something in the bios that said Init First Display and it was set to PCI and I changed it to AGP but couldn't find anything to see if it was to to 8x

I saw in everest it says
AGP 4x: Sapphire Radeon 9000 Atlantis Pro, thats the graphics card, so its set to 4x right now?
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#6
i just checked with ati and x4 is the best that card will do and it only has 64meg on board memory, thats very low end.

to be honest you would get a better picture and better games out of a cheap nvidia 6600gt 256meg AGP card, they really are so cheap to buy now that it would make that ati card look very silly.

oh your have to forgive me if you keep seeing alot of different buttons and background pictrures show up, i am working on improving the forum as we speak.
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#7
Thought it was 128MB o_0 thats what it says. I was looking at some video cards earlier, debating whether I should get something a bit better

oh np
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#8
your card is right at the bottom of this list.
http://ati.amd.com/products/certified/sapphire.html

i would get a better card something like this.


for £20 it really will improve your gaming and net gfx

grr ebay and there links.
look at ebay where ever you are from, in the search just type .
geforce 6600gt
you will see they really are cheap now
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#9
damn they are cheap lol

Is gigabyte a good brand?
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#10
oh yeah, gigabyte make good motherboards as well, in fact thats all i use at home gigabyte motherboards.
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#11
Nice, I'm thinking about getting a Gigabyte GeForce 9500 GT gfx card
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#12
no no no stop right there, you can't run the nvidia " 9 " series of cards on your motherboard.

you have a AGP port, all nvidia " 8 " and " 9 " series cards are pci express, thats a different slot that your motherboard does not have.
with your motherboard the best AGP card ever to come out was the nvidia 6800 ultra, that really is about the best card you can run on a system such as yours.
if you go for the 6800 ultra be warned you need a dam good psu in the pc, a good 600watt will be needed as the card eats 250watt all by its self.

if in doubt let me know what card your looking at and i will tell you if its fits AGP or not.
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#13
whats the difference between a pci slot and a pci express slot?

bummer :/ that sucks, hmmm is newegg a good place to find accessories that aren't too expenisve
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#14
the two slots should not be confused as being the same.
pci slot like the white ones on your motherboard have been around for years, pci express is a much longer slot then standard pci.
its main use is gfx cards as it can handle transfer rates of 16GB+ to take high end cards.

in other words its the replacment for the AGP port like your motherboard has, same use , gfx cards but can support a much faster transer rate then AGP.

to be honest do you need a brand new card ?
i would look at ebay, its cheaper then newegg plus you might be able to pick up a fully working second hand card for next to nothing and save your self some money.
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#15
oh I see. Thats for clearing that up

I don't really need a new one, its just I don't really want to get scammed or the card doesn't work or any other problems.

I'm not entirely sure what kind of gfx card I want to get so yeah....
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#16
when you know what you want just post a link at what your looking at and i will tell you if the card is any good and if it will work on your system.
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#17
Here are 2 that I found, not that expensive:

SAPPHIRE 100275L Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card


Model:
Brand SAPPHIRE
Model 100275L

Interface:
Interface AGP 4X/8X

Chipset:
Chipset Manufacturer ATI
GPU Radeon X1650PRO
Core clock 550MHz
PixelPipelines 12

Memory:
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 128-bit
Memory Type GDDR2

3D API:
DirectX DirectX 9
OpenGL OpenGL 2.0

Ports:
D-SUB 1
DVI 1
TV-Out HDTV / S-Video / Composite Out

General:
RAMDAC 400 MHz
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
RoHS Compliant Yes
Cooler With Fan
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes

Features:
Features Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0
Avivo Technology
Smoothvision HD + Adaptive AA

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SAPPHIRE 100175L Radeon X1650PRO 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X

Model
Brand SAPPHIRE
Model 100175L

Interface
Interface AGP 4X/8X

Chipset
Chipset Manufacturer ATI
GPU Radeon X1650PRO
Core clock 590MHz
PixelPipelines 12

Memory
Memory Clock 800MHz
Memory Size 512MB
Memory Interface 128-bit
Memory Type GDDR2

3D API
DirectX DirectX 9
OpenGL OpenGL 2.0

Ports
D-SUB 1
DVI 1
TV-Out HDTV / S-Video / Composite Out

General
RAMDAC 400 MHz
Max Resolution 2560 x 1600
RoHS Compliant Yes
Cooler With Fan
Power Connector 4 Pin
Dual-Link DVI Supported Yes

Features
Features Microsoft DirectX 9.0 Shader Model 3.0
Avivo Technology
Smoothvision HD + Adaptive AA
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#18
thats not a bad card but the nvidia 6800 ultra is still better.
the more pixel pipelines and memory interface the better the card.

spec of the 6800

Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory 512 MB
Memory Bandwidth 35.2 GB/sec.
Fill Rate 6.4 billion texels/sec.
Vertices per Second 600 Million
Memory Data Rate 1050 MHz
Pixels per Clock (peak) 16
Textures per Pixel* 16
RAMDACs 400 MHz
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#19
Oh, I looked on ebay and found only a few, not sure which one i'm looking for since some look different..?
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#20
what country you in ?
i will take a look at your local ebay and tell you what is a good price for the 6800 ultra, what what one i would go for.
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