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Old 03-12-2006, 12:29 AM   #1
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Hey, I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card and I was wondering if a 256MB card would be good enough to handle some of the newer games. Here are my system specs right now (tell me if other upgrades would be good)

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ 2.2Ghz processor
Windows XP Media Center Edition
Standard sound card
1 GB SDRAM
200GB Hard drive

and this is my current graphics card:

ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series (256MB SHARED memory)

thanks for the help!

EDIT: My computer is a Compaq SR1750NX.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...=EL445AA%23ABA
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Old 03-12-2006, 12:35 AM   #2
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no its shared from your 1gig ram its really a crappy card
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I pointed that out, didn't I?

I want a NEW card...
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do you want ATI or NVIDIA. and the v-ram isnt the only thing that matters
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and also... do u have pci express or AGP
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Old 03-12-2006, 12:52 AM   #6
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I want an ATI card and I believe I have a PCI express considering thats what the crappy Xpress card uses (i think)

How do i find out for sure though?
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That's onboard video. I'm pretty sure I just found out that it has PCI-Express. You might want to make sure, but I'm like 99% sure it does.
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Old 03-12-2006, 01:17 AM   #8
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that help?
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Old 03-12-2006, 01:24 AM   #9
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you have PCI-E we sell that computer
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what's that?

(sorry, i'm REALLY new to the technical aspect of computers)
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A type of slot for your video card to slide into on the motherboard
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I looked an it says i have 2 PCI slots...

So i'm assuming a card like the ATI Radeon X1300 Pro PCI-Express 256MB card WOULD work?
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no it wouldnt, i dont think he has either agp or pci-e guys, that means u cant really do anything about a new graphics card
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are you friggin serious?! I can't do ANYTHING?!
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ya im serious, u could only get a PCI card and they suck so its not even worth it, the only thing u could do is get a motherboard and a graphics card and switch them out
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No he has PCI Express on that computer.

The X1300pro is alright its nothing to write home about
I would go with X1600XT or higher
Nivida 6600GT or higher
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So that means I have 1 available PCI Express slot available?

What works better for games, a decent NVidia card or a decent ATI card?

EDIT: im looking at the Sapphire cards

mainly the Radeon X1800 XL

http://www.sapphiretech.com/en/products/graphics.php
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oh sry looks like u do have a pci-e slot my bad , anyways i think u should get an nvidia evga 6800GS as its a really good card and isnt to expensive, if u can afford something better than i highly recommend the evga 7800gt
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wtf, yeah matt you do have pci-e, so don't worry. you want an ATI card? the x1300 isnt that good, just because it was made later than the rest of the ati cards doesnt mean its better. the x1300 only has 4 pixel pipelines. thats not very good. what games are you looking to play?
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i have that ati radeon graphics card. it is 256mb but only 64mb seems to be taken from my ram and not sure if thats because of the video card. is this a crappy card then?
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