Greetings gentles all...
Following the death of my old 17-inch CRT monitor, I've just
replaced it with a new 19-inch flat-screen model. This has a DVI
connector but my current graphics card is d-sub only.
So - as I'm out of touch with AGP specs and compatibilities, I
need advice regarding a possible upgrade of the graphics card.
Mobo - MSI K7T Turbo (MS6030 v. 3, last BIOS update issued by MSI
AMD Athlon 1.3ghz Thunderbird CPU
GeForce2 MX graphics card
512MB system RAM
450 watt Enermax PSU
I can't find much about the AGP slot on the mobo either in the
manual, on MSI's website or in any of the tech websites I've
checked out. All I *do* know is that it's stated to be AGP 2.0
compliant, 1x/2x/4x rated. I know there's been a change in the
voltage spec for AGP cards and that mobo slots can be either
3.3v, 1.5v or 'universal'...
Can anyone give me advice on the following:-
Is it worth upgrading the graphics card only? I'd like the
increased clarity afforded by a DVI connection, not to mention
the hope of even a slightly better experience playing Quake 3...
If it *is* worth an upgrade, to what? Will the mobo accept any of
the cards currently on the market? I can pick up something like
MSI Fx5200-TD128 8xAGP 128MB TV-Out DVI
from Ebuyer for around GBP 25 (which I'd be happy to spend) or do
I need to look for a second-hand GeForce 4 Ti card, which I know
would be compatible (if I could find such a thing these days!)
And please don't suggest that I upgrade the whole system - that
simply isn't going to happen for at least a year (maybe 18
months), so I'm looking at something for that year-to-18 month
Thanks in advance
Martin D. Pay
In search of clarification...