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Upgrading Graphics Card

I have an old Dell Dimension 8100 with a max 1024x768 AGP graphics card, and I am getting a new widescreen monitor. I need a cheap graphics card so I can have the right resolution, and I don't really know what would be compatible. Any ideas?

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So your dell only has a AGP slot.

You need a AGP card

On nvidia side you can get
The geforce 6000 - series
Geforce 7000 series

On Ati side you can get
Radeon x1000 series
Radeon HD 2000 series
Radeon Hd 3000 series

Remember they have to be AGP

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