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I just realized my card wont' support direct x 9 and TF2, CS, and episode 2 are really looking bad due to my card being older. I've got an old 5200 128 MB geforce series.

I'm looking at both these and scratching my head trying to figure out why the second one is so cheap. is it because it won't support directx 10?
I'm ona limited budget nd i'd rather not spend more than $60, yet i want something that will run directx9 and will run graphics higher. (or 10...but i hear xp wont' support 10 and vista asks for my firstborn child)

I have an 8x agp graphics card slot, so i can't run anything too new.
 

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I checked newegg and they don't seem to have anything cheap.
Remember, i dont' have a pci express port like I thought I did. Instead, I have an AGP slot:(

I'm also looking fro ram cuz i only have 700or so. does it matter if i use ddr2 in a ddr slot? I assume it will only run at DDR speed, but if i ever get a new motherboard, it would run at full speed.

how about this?
Newegg.com - ZOGIS FX5500 256M AGP GeForce FX 5500 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
512 mb agp video card, Desktop Laptop Components, Computers Networking items on eBay.com
HIS X1600 PRO ICEQ AGP 8x 512 MB video card - (eBay item 200157240201 end time Oct-07-07 15:06:59 PDT)
New Nvidia Geforce 7300GT 7300 GT 512MB AGP Video Card - (eBay item 320164885904 end time Oct-03-07 19:55:14 PDT)
 

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Out of those, I think the x1600 would be your best bet. But I don't really know anything about ATI cards, so I couldn't tell you much more.

Keep an eye on eBay. About a year and a half ago I bought an nVidia GeForce 6600 GT for $66 and it ran great. You should be able to find slightly-aged midrange cards for a reasonable price.
 

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I checked newegg and they don't seem to have anything cheap.
Remember, i dont' have a pci express port like I thought I did. Instead, I have an AGP slot:(

I'm also looking fro ram cuz i only have 700or so. does it matter if i use ddr2 in a ddr slot? I assume it will only run at DDR speed, but if i ever get a new motherboard, it would run at full speed.

how about this?
Newegg.com - ZOGIS FX5500 256M AGP GeForce FX 5500 256MB 128-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail
512 mb agp video card, Desktop Laptop Components, Computers Networking items on eBay.com
HIS X1600 PRO ICEQ AGP 8x 512 MB video card - (eBay item 200157240201 end time Oct-07-07 15:06:59 PDT)
New Nvidia Geforce 7300GT 7300 GT 512MB AGP Video Card - (eBay item 320164885904 end time Oct-03-07 19:55:14 PDT)
I dont think DDR2 ram even fits into a DDR slot.

As for the PCI slot, even the wickedly old school computers have them. you probably have AGP and PCI. My 6-8 tear old compaq has three PCI slots and an AGP port as well.
 

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I dont think DDR2 ram even fits into a DDR slot.

As for the PCI slot, even the wickedly old school computers have them. you probably have AGP and PCI. My 6-8 tear old compaq has three PCI slots and an AGP port as well.
maybe. but the problem I have is that I can't find out what my motherboard is. No major markings on the board. I even downloaded aida to see if it could tell me...but it didn't know either:(

so getting DDR2 would be a waste of money?
I'm the highest bidder of this currently. hopefully i won't get sniped at the end or something. Adding 512mb will really improve my computer I think.
512MB PC2100 DDR DIMM Computer Memory PC-266Mhz Ram - (eBay item 190157106375 end time Oct-01-07 19:57:34 PDT)

what about these fro graphics cards? i've not been up to date on tings for years so i dunno the difference between agi and nvidea anymore
New Nvidia Geforce 7300GT 7300 GT 512MB AGP Video Card - (eBay item 320164410290 end time Oct-02-07 19:54:04 PDT)
New Nvidia Geforce 7600GS 7600 GS 512MB AGP Video Card - (eBay item 320165134685 end time Oct-04-07 10:04:29 PDT)
 
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