# Elderly Machine VS Hi End Graphics

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Skeezix, Feb 24, 2009.

1. ### SkeezixNew Member

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I am running an older but very stable and serviceable machine that up until now has handled everything thrown at it. Older machine with XP, 3gig processor, 2G Ram and a 256mb Video card. When running a very complex house design using an architectural program, it works great until I do 3D rendering. Slows down to say the least and often crashes. It is old enough that it won't take a PCIe card and so I can't upgrade to a higher end graphics card (I don't think). I upgraded memory some time back to 2 gig and upgraded the power supply when I added the new video card. I really don't want to go to a new computer but am at a loss as to how I can soup this up any further. Any and all thoughts appreciated.....I am a user not a geek so keeping things on the dumb level would help me here.....

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Hmmm. Sounds like you have a 3GHz Pentium 4 processor (socket 478), 2GB of DDR memory and some graphics card.

With that said, I think you've just about done everything you can for that system. You could upgrade the CPU to a faster Pentium 4, the fastest they made was at 3.8GHz. But I don't think that's really worth the effort. I really think you need a new system. I know you said that you don't want to go that route, but you've milked all you can out of your current one.

16. ### DrPepperThe Doctor is in the house

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I think I might give it a go listing some specs that might help although I've had no experience from this program and I am assuming it needs a fair bit of gpu power.

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 or E7400
Gigabyte GA-EP43-S3L
8GB Ram Can be found very cheap
4850 1GB GDDR3
Coolermaster Real Power 520w Modular Power Supply

I have a bit of a feeling this will be a bit excessive but I think in the states this would be fairly cheap and excellent with your program. If you are not comfortable with putting it together you could take it to the nearest pc store or someone who knows how and get them to do it.

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your right it is pretty cheap to upgrade now, with 1 grand you can get a system that will max anything at high res and for about 500 you can do the same if you price search

18. ### JUDOHAWKNew Member

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I had a 3.2 ghz P4 and 1.5 GB of ram. Well I had an HD4650 but the P4s were junk so it bottlenecked it real bad. I just built a new rig reusing HD, DVD, an old case and my HD4650 and I spent a total of 200 dollars shipped. Got an e5200, \$50 dollar gigabyte mobo, Corsair PSU and of course DDR2 800 ram. So in your case OP, it's much better for you to just do a full rebuild. My E5200 ****s and urinates all over my old P4. I know I didn't get a high end dual core, but when you have a budget you do what you have to do

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Yeah, i remember testing my old P4 when i got my 3800 x2 and it got so whooped the P4 took over a hour longer as i got bored waiting for the P4 and thought i had my answere after that time.

New system would be the better option by a long shot as the new intel dual\quad core chips are even faster than the 3800 x2 which i was comparing my P4 against.

You might want to get a video card with at least 512MB but think a 1GB would be a even better option for what you doing.

Do any of the 3D programs \ architectural programs take advantage of quad core that you use ?. As yet again better the better option.

20. ### DrPepperThe Doctor is in the house

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