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Best XP Graphics cards for Retro PC

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Got a Quadro FX 3400 256MB (equivalent to 6800 series) in my nostalgic build (Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 2GB DDR1). Granted, I am running Windows 7 on it. Originally had a Radeon X1950 Pro, but driver support for Win7 is nonexistent. Funny how an older card from Nvidia does have proper Win7 driver support.
I did not think they were any good for gaming? HP 366650-001 Nvidia Quadro FX3400 256MBPCIe Dual DVI Graphics Card 365891-003 £20.
Rare GeCube ATI Radeon X1950 Pro Graphics Card (FZ195PG3) with ZALMAN cooler £35/Thanks for that I have so many cards all of you have recommended. I will check them all out thanks.:)

With that socket, I'd grab a Core 2 Quad and a GTX460. Both can be had for cheap and you can keep the E7500 and GT8400 as spares if you ever need them. I'd also throw in an inexpensive SSD in addition to the HDD it already has. You'd have a solid retro XP system after that.

Just my 2 cents though..
I was thinking of that, but the guy in the videos said the Core 2 Duo s were best for gaming on XP..Another thing I saw was that not all 775 socket Cpu,s can be used with it something about the make of the board.? I might go for a quad 9400 at £10 on eBay.Yes, I will put an SSD in there then again the guy in the videos mentions XP does not support Trim. chance of them wearing out I should think you would have to use them for some time before that happens. Thanks for your input:)

I use a fan-less GT 1030 on my Core 2 machine; but it is my main machine, I don't think of it as retro.
It would not be XP, the 1030 is not supported on XP.
 

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Got a Quadro FX 3400 256MB (equivalent to 6800 series) in my nostalgic build (Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 2GB DDR1). Granted, I am running Windows 7 on it. Originally had a Radeon X1950 Pro, but driver support for Win7 is nonexistent. Funny how an older card from Nvidia does have proper Win7 driver support.
Nvidia nixed Nforce Support in Vista and we know very well Athlon XPs ran 7 fine but there is no AGP GART from them for it.

Fyi,

@Greenslade have you thought about a HD 6750 or 6770?
 
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You have a capable CPU and the maximum amount of RAM for Win XP. The graphics card, on the other hand, is a budget model. It's capable of running games, but you'll be mostly limited to the lowest resolution and detail settings for playable framerates. Even something as low as the GF GT 430 has four times more processing power.

But I'd be more worried about the power supply. If you intend to keep this PC as a retro XP gaming machine, I'd strongly recommend finding a replacement. You PSU isn't from a reputable brand and appears to be 14 years old. It would be a shame to lose the entire rig to it.

EDIT: These cards (and anything slower) are supported under Win XP:

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I have a windows 10 machine with a1060 I also have Linux on there.
So I am not bothered about Win10 being on there. Thanks for the list of XP-supported graphics cards. Any cheap recommended PSUs,?
I don,t want to go over 30 pounds.Thanks, Bob :) .
 
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I modded a driver to add 980ti support for xp while back.

way overkill for xp but fun to have done it.
 
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I had a lot of fun with SLi and XP.. I did run the 64bit version.. I was also that guy who liked Vista lol.. :fear:
 
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Originally had a Radeon X1950 Pro, but driver support for Win7 is nonexistent.
This has much to do with the ATI/AMD change-over.

I will put an SSD in there then again the guy in the videos mentions XP does not support Trim.
Modern SSDs have the TRIM function built into the controller, so native OS support is not needed. As long as you buy a drive made within the last 6 years you'll be fine.
I might go for a quad 9400 at £10 on eBay.
Go for at least a 9600GT or GTX260.

Any cheap recommended PSUs,?
As long as the one in there is working, you should be ok. However, I would look at EVGAs 550W PSU line as they are very good quality and solid performance.
 
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Modern SSDs have the TRIM function built into the controller, so native OS support is not needed. As long as you buy a drive made within the last 6 years you'll be fine.
Slightly off-topic, but I remember when I installed an SSD in my grandmother's laptop (a 2009 non-unibody MacBook) a couple of months ago, I had to manually enable TRIM support in macOS (because Apple). The drive was a brand new 120GB PNY CS900.

Windows shouldn't have this issue, but maybe this shows that it's a combination of drive support and OS support.
 

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This has much to do with the ATI/AMD change-over.


Modern SSDs have the TRIM function built into the controller, so native OS support is not needed. As long as you buy a drive made within the last 6 years you'll be fine.

Got for at least a 9600GT or GTX260.


As long as the one in there is working, you should be ok. However, I would look at EVGAs 550W PSU line as they are very good quality and solid performance.
I wouldnt bother with SLI...
 
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Windows shouldn't have this issue, but maybe this shows that it's a combination of drive support and OS support.
While that is true, modern SSDs have been built with the presumption that it might be used with software that is not TRIM-aware, which is a god-send for older OS usage.

I wouldnt bother with SLI...
I did not intend to imply SLI. Just a better card.
 
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I modded a driver to add 980ti support for xp while back.

way overkill for xp but fun to have done it.
I think i saw someone do that on utube ,i can,t find the video though.It was either that or another high end card.
 
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GTX 780 Ti it is, but you don't really have anything spectacular here. Core 2 Due will severely bottleneck any more powerful GPU in pretty much any game and if you want to run old games with physics (Like Red Faction Guerilla), simulations and other CPU heavy stuff, Core 2 Duo is way too weak and will not yield consistent 20 fps. If you wan to have some fun for cheap, you could search for GTX 560, GTX 650 Ti Boost, GTX 660, Radeon HD 4870, HD 5870 and with Core 2 Quad it will be a nice machine for little money to play old games (forget about ultra settings) on. Just don't have any delusions that it's an awesome machine of that time, those things can still be prohibitively expensive. All in all Core 2 Quad with some old graphics card shouldn't cost you much. 50 USD tops for HD 5870 and 10 USD tops for Core 2 Quad. And these are eBay prices, in local markets you may get HD 5870 for 20 USD and Core 2 Quad for 5 USD. Beyond this, it's not worth further investing in that machine as upgraded config would already have GPU faster than CPU in many games. Oh and I would buy at least one exhaust fan or intake fan.
 
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To keep it period correct go with GeForce 9600 gt or 240 GT .. The PSU is fine unless you want to go with a 280 then replace it

It's questionable if the motherboard will support any CPU change
 
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I'd take one cheap Q6600 G0 and HD5870/50 (take care about ur PSU)
 
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This has much to do with the ATI/AMD change-over.


Modern SSDs have the TRIM function built into the controller, so native OS support is not needed. As long as you buy a drive made within the last 6 years you'll be fine.

Go for at least a 9600GT or GTX260.


As long as the one in there is working, you should be ok. However, I would look at EVGAs 550W PSU line as they are very good quality and solid performance.

Arctic 97 NV GF9600GT 1GB PCI-E
NV GF9600GT 1GB DDR2 DVI HDMI VGA £17 they don,t say if it has been tested but looks dust free. Another one
NEW PNY Nvidia 9600 GT 512MB PCI-E PCI Express DVI-I + DVI-I + HDTV OUT Video Graphics Card with all the stuff in it £35 make an offer. gtx 260 £25 i see that needs 2 6 pin power cables.Are there any AMD cards you would recommend?As the guy in the videos says they are better for XP .I will have to think about the PSU as the EVGA s. PSU,s are over budget ,Any others you could recommend?Thanks once again for your help.
 

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I'd take one cheap Q6600 G0 and HD5870/50 (take care about ur PSU)
Its why i said a 5770/6770, heck even a 7770...

Arctic 97 NV GF9600GT 1GB PCI-E
NV GF9600GT 1GB DDR2 DVI HDMI VGA £17 they don,t say if it has been tested but looks dust free. Another one
NEW PNY Nvidia 9600 GT 512MB PCI-E PCI Express DVI-I + DVI-I + HDTV OUT Video Graphics Card with all the stuff in it £35 make an offer. gtx 260 £25 i see that needs 2 6 pin power cables.Are there any AMD cards you would recommend?As the guy in the videos says they are better for XP .I will have to think about the PSU as the EVGA s. PSU,s are over budget ,Any others you could recommend?Thanks once again for your help.
Save up some more money.
 
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The 780 Ti/Titan Black would be the fastest, GTX 690 or 680 would work great as well... the GTX 295 or 285 would be more era-appropriate, and if you want to go real old school, buy a G80-based card (8800 Ultra, Quadro FX 5600 - I have one of these myself :D)
 
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The 780 Ti/Titan Black would be the fastest, GTX 690 or 680 would work great as well... the GTX 295 or 285 would be more era-appropriate, and if you want to go real old school, buy a G80-based card (8800 Ultra, Quadro FX 5600 - I have one of these myself :D)
Out of my price range, apart from GTX285 £30 but will 204w 2X 6
be to much for my PSU? 8800 ULTRA 2X 6 170w will that be to much for my PSU i don,t think it has any connectors for GPU,s.
Thanks anyway:).
 
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Any cheap recommended PSUs,?
A used PSU is always a bit of a lottery. I have two 350w FSP units in my retro rigs, bought second hand for less than 15 EUR/GBP each. My XP PC with an oc'd Phenom II X4 uses a modern-ish Seasonic Gold PSU, bought new.
 
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Its why i said a 5770/6770, heck even a 7770...


Save up some more money.
I have enough money ,the question is will it be worth it.As the PC only cost £30.HD5770. £15 eBay power 112w. HD6770. 108w £28 tested. Hd7770 100w £35 if i get one of them i will have to buy a 1x6 cabal.I will go for AMD according the video i put on here earlier by our Aussie friend he says AMD is best for XP.
 
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If you want a GPU without 6-pin connector, gt 730 is very easy to find. DDR3 versions are cheap, DDR5 more expensive. If you can use 6-pin maybe you can find a gtx 950, although it would be too much for your CPU. I’m sorry I don’t know much about old, low consumption, AMD cards.
 
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A used PSU is always a bit of a lottery. I have two 350w FSP units in my retro rigs, bought second hand for less than 15 EUR/GBP each. My XP PC with an oc'd Phenom II X4 uses a modern-ish Seasonic Gold PSU, bought new.
Funny you should mention that i was going to ask about buying a second hand PSU from Amazon warehouse £30.

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gtx 260 £25 i see that needs 2 6 pin power cables.
If you have the PCIe cable connectors, go with this. Solid card for a good price.

Funny you should mention that i was going to ask about buying a second hand PSU from Amazon warehouse £30.

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As long as it works and comes with a guarantee, that would work for you.
 
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I'd keep the E7500, it was faster than the lower clocked C2Q in some apps.

The 8400GS was a slug even when it was new. 512MB 9600GT or a Radeon 6770 are roughly the same vintage but way faster.
 
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