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    What kind of video card do I need?

    I have a compaq presario 450 mg with 256 meg of RAM. I play links 2001 and it redraws too slow. I have been told that I need a video card. I have looked at a PNY and ATI ranging in price from $49.00 to $129.00. Can anyone tell me a good card for my machine? Do I need a pci card?

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    Open the computer check for any dark brown +/- 4" long slot (AGP). If there isn't any then the beige ones are PCI and you'll be forced to use a PCI graphic card. Compag usually put ATI cards in their machine you should stick to that (A RADEON LE would be great with some driver tweaks) unfortunatly I think ATI only do AGP for performance card so maybe a GeForce2MX PCI.

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    There is a PCI version of the Radeon 32MB SDR that exists, but it may be expensive. Do you play other 3D games than Links 2001?

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    If you aren't going to be playing highly intensive 3D games, then maybe you could buy a Voodoo3 3000 if you can find one for very cheap. I would personally do that, and then save up for a whole new system.

    Otherwise, you could find a GeForce2 MX, which will give your system a new lease of life...for a while, you'll be able to play some never games pretty well, but I would have thought it would be quickly outdated.

    It all really depends on what you would use your system for.

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    er, just a reminder.

    If you haven't got an AGP slot, make sure you get a PCI card.

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    The video card that you need is a Geforce2 Pro which I happen to be selling for 170 if youre willing to buy. You do not need a fast computer to use this with, because it doesnt use much of the cpus resources. Email me at highrolla28@yahoo.com if your interested.

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