Go Back   Computer Forums > General Computing > Hardware
Click Here to Login
Join Computer forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-07-2009, 11:59 PM   #1
Solid State Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 20
Default Bought a computer-upgrade video card?

I finally went out and just bought a computer. It's fine and all, but when I play my games at the higher settings, it gets really jerky. This makes me a bit worried about what it will do when I start editing and playing HD video from my camcorder on it.Do I need to upgrade the video card?If so, what would you recommend?Heres' the system info I can find:
Acer Aspire 5201
AMD 9550 Phenom II Quad core processor
4.00 GB Ram
Vista 64
ATI Radeon HD 3200
1919 MB availble gaming graphics
Primary hard disk 233 GB total
Total Hard disks 582 GB
Dedicated graphics 256MB
Shared system memory 1663MB
Primary Monitor resolution 1920x1080
That's all the info I can find. What need uprgading,and what's okay as is?
__________________

xxclaro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2009, 12:27 AM   #2
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Re: Bought a computer-upgrade video card?

Well, you'll need a video card to play any high demanding games. The on-board HD 3200 is a low end solution, but it should do OK playing and editing videos. It does have an available PCIe x16 slot.

Before you can think about a new graphics card, we'll need to know how much power your power supply has. If you can open up the case, have a look at the sticker on the side of the PSU ans tell us the output voltages and watts.
__________________

Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2009, 12:56 AM   #3
Solid State Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 20
Default Re: Bought a computer-upgrade video card?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomic Rooster View Post
Well, you'll need a video card to play any high demanding games. The on-board HD 3200 is a low end solution, but it should do OK playing and editing videos. It does have an available PCIe x16 slot.

Before you can think about a new graphics card, we'll need to know how much power your power supply has. If you can open up the case, have a look at the sticker on the side of the PSU ans tell us the output voltages and watts.
What is this PCIe x16 slot of which you speak,and what can I do with it?
I'll see if I can open the case without breaking anything.
xxclaro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2009, 01:02 AM   #4
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Re: Bought a computer-upgrade video card?

A PCI Express x16 slot is a high speed interface designed for a video card. If you ever want to upgrade your graphics, you'll need a card that uses the PCIe x16 standard.
Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2009, 10:34 AM   #5
In Runtime
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 224
Send a message via MSN to jikifreak
Default Re: Bought a computer-upgrade video card?

Here is a pic of what the slots look like.



The black one is the X16 slot where a video card would go.
__________________
Rosewill Conqueror|ASRock A780GXE AM2+|Phenom II X4 940@3.0Ghz Stock|Zalman 9900|8GB G.Skill DDR2 800|OCZ StealthXStream 700W|XFX Ati Raedeon 5770 1gb GDDR5 DX11|16X Samsung DVD-RW|360GB(SATA), 40GB(SATA), 160GB(SATA), 200GB(IDE) 500GB External(USB 2.0)|Windows 7 64Bit|19inch LCD Widescreen at 1400X900 Resolution via DVI|
jikifreak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2009, 09:04 PM   #6
Solid State Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 20
Default Re: Bought a computer-upgrade video card?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jikifreak View Post
Here is a pic of what the slots look like.



The black one is the X16 slot where a video card would go.
Awesome, thank you! I'll see if I can spot that thing inside my computer. How much extra power does a decent card need? I saw a couple cards with decent ratings on Newegg for about $60. Could you recommend me a card that is compatible, decent, and well priced? Also,can you spot anything else on this rig that looks like it might need improvement?
xxclaro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2009, 09:16 PM   #7
Omnipotent One
 
Atomic Rooster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 11,161
Send a message via AIM to Atomic Rooster Send a message via Yahoo to Atomic Rooster
Default Re: Bought a computer-upgrade video card?

Without knowing how much you PSU supplies, my best guess would be one of these:

ASUS GeForce 9600 GSO

XFX Radeon HD 4650

Neither of them are barn burners, but they are much better than the onboard graphics and they have been known to run on lower wattage power supplies.
Atomic Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2009, 09:29 AM   #8
Solid State Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 20
Default Re: Bought a computer-upgrade video card?

So what are the two white slots for? Should I stick something in there while I'm at it? I'm going to get one of the video cards AR mentioned soon,maybe I should get something for the other slots too,seems a waste to just have them sitting there,no?
__________________

xxclaro is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:13 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0