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    Senior Member nihil's Avatar
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    Ah! now that is a good question

    Speed is irrelevant, as an 8x card will support lower speeds.

    Depending on the AGP card it will either work fine or be unstable with artefacts appearing on the display.

    I believe that quite a few of these cards actually detect what they have been plugged into, and autoconfigure themselves.

    Incidentally, although AGP 3.0 is normally 0.8v you do get some cards that are 1.5v which is the same as AGP 2.0.

    The specification that I read for the FX 5200 says that it requires an AGP 2.0 slot as a minimum, from which I take it that it will be compatible.

    As I mentioned in the other post, 512Mb of RAM is not a lot for an XP machine that is running anything remotely graphics intensive. It is fine for surfing, standard office type functions, e-mail and so on.

    You will have to tweak the game settings to the lower end of the range, but this might well be acceptable if they haven't seen anything better

    What you have is basically a low end office machine of that era. Anything I have from around then has a P4 1.7Ghz or better or an Athlon XP 1900+ or better all with 1Gb PC2700 DDR.

    I guess it all boils down to how keen gamers they are?

    Certainly warn them not to try the latest games and try to download a demo before buying anything.

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    Only african to own a PC! Cider's Avatar
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    Jun 2003
    Ok I will I think its pointless buying a card which has to downgrade - Ill just tell them that the option is not viable; they must get a new PC for games at home and turn this one into an office pc for work here. I think that is the best idea.

    I learn alot from you Nihil. Keep it up

    Thanks again.
    The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.
    Albert Einstein

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