Solved i need a new video card, but which one?

April 22, 2012 at 11:39:16
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate, Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz 2.80GHz
i need a new video card to play Diablo III.
my computer specs:

CPU: Intel Pentium(R) D CPU 2.80GHz
RAM: DDR2 (3 GB)
Motherboard: Intel Corporation D945GCZ
and my current video card is: NVIDIA GeForce 6600

i dont want to spend to much money on a new video card. i am going to buy a new computer in a few months (2-5) i can't right now because i dont have a job though (i am 15 years old)

thank you in advance.

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April 22, 2012 at 12:39:57
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"Motherboard: Intel Corporation D945GCZ"


Your mboard has a PCI-E X16 slot.

The best type of video card in your case is a PCI-E X16 video card - they're the most common these days and likely to be cheaper.

Diablo III System Requirements

Minimum System Requirements

Windows® XP/Vista/7 (latest service packs) with DX 9.0c

1 GB RAM (XP), 1.5 GB (Vista/7)

Intel Pentium® D 2.8 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4400+

NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800 GT or ATI Radeon™ X1950 Pro or better

Your " current video card is: NVIDIA GeForce 6600.." DOES NOT meet the minimum requirements. If it works with the game at all, it will work poorly when the game is set to default settings.
You could try the game before you buy any video card. You MAY be able to tweak settings in it and get reasonable video with a lower resolution setting, etc., in the game itself.

Recommended System Requirements

Windows® Vista/7 (latest service packs)

Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 5600+ 2.8 GHz


NVIDIA® GeForce® 260 or ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 or better

If you're in the US
Go to a web site such as newegg,com or,
or if you're in Canada go to a web site such as, or, or or if you're in the west,
or to the web site of a place in your own area (the address is probably in the ads in the Yellow pages for local places that sell computer parts, or search the web for places that sell computer parts in your area and find out their addresses),
search for video cards, then PCI-E ones (you don't want a PCI-E X1 card or a PCI card), and you'll probably be able to select something at the top of the list to sort the list according to Price, lowest first.

Scroll down the list and determine what you can buy for what you're willing to spend. Keep in mind that there will be a shipping fee added on in most cases when you order it from the web.and sales tax added on if that applies.
If you want to see what the total cost is for something on the web, click on Buy or similar, provide enough information for it to determine the final price - you can back out of committing to buy by deleting the item or by changing the quantity of it to zero or similar.

NOTE that some makers such as Asus and MSI currently have Mail- in Rebates available for SOME of their video card models if you buy it BEFORE or ON April 30.
If so, the Rebate will be mentioned in the ad, and usually there is a link somewhere on the web site that tells you the details of what you need to do to get the specific rebate NOTE that if that requires you cut out the UPC code from the box the card ships in and send it with the rebate form, make sure the card works BEFORE you do that - you can't return the card with that missing or cut out and taped on , unless it becomes defective after having worked during the warranty period, which isn't likely. .

You can go here and determine which video chipset provides the better performance for the money you're willing to pay for the video card .

Passmark Software
Video Card Benchmarks

NOTE that your power supply's rated capacity may limit which video chipset you can use on a video card you buy.

Your power supply must have at least the minimum capacity required to support a system with the graphics card you are using installed, or the max graphics card you might install in the future.
(Onboard video - video built into the mboard - IS NOT A CARD ! )
If that info is not in the ad for the video card, you can go to the video card maker's web site and look up the specs for the model - often under system requirements - the minimum PS wattage, and, more important, the minimum amperage the PS must supply at 12v is stated. If you don't find that, any card with the same video chipset including any letters after the model number has very similar minimum PS requirements. Some power supplies have two or more +12v ratings - in that case, add those ratings to determine the total +12v current capacity.

This isn't as important over a short period of time....

If you're a gamer...
In most if not all cases, the max capacity rating of the PS is an intermittent rating. It's recommended that you do not load your PS to any more that 80% of that rating if you are going to be using something that puts a constant load on it, such as playing a recent game for hours on end. In that case, you multiply the min capacity stated for the system with the particular video chipset on the card by 1.25 to find the min. capacity of the PS you should have.

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April 22, 2012 at 13:11:22
The ATI HD 7650 is a good card and it's not too expensive. Also if you buy a new computer you can always move the card over.

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April 23, 2012 at 16:06:26

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April 23, 2012 at 18:07:11
Like a champ!

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April 24, 2012 at 05:54:23
AMD Radeon™ HD 6670 Graphics

System Requirements

■400 Watt or greater power supply recommended

■Minimum 1GB of system memory

There are cheaper HD 6670 cards on the newegg site.

Read the customer reviews in the ads, but keep in mind that people who think they had a problem are more likely to make a review than those who didn't, and often the problem was caused by something the person did, or their power supply capacity is inadequate, not by the card being initially defective.

Generally, the bigger the fan, the less noise it makes.

Fans with two ball bearings will last a lot longer than fans with two sleeve bearings or one of each type. If that info isn't in the ad, it's probably in the info for the model on the manufacturer's web site.

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April 26, 2012 at 12:52:45
before i buy a new graphics card( which i can't pay for yet) i have a broken computer:
would the graphics card from this work on my computer??
P.S. i think it broke from a virus, it is just a start up screen then a black screen whenever i turn it on

actually i made a new thread for this:

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April 26, 2012 at 13:23:23
"before i buy a new graphics card( which i can't pay for yet)..."

Since you haven't bought one yet, see response 5 for further info.

You can pay with a credit card, or most ads allow you to pay via PayPal which you must set up an account for on the PayPal web site. For PayPal, you can either specify a specific credit card, or an account number at your local bank.

Note that for many transactions on the web, your address of where the item is shipped to should be the same as the billing address.

Info found at your link....

" Part Number: AR1600 Acer Aspire R1600"

"Chipset NVIDIA® ION™ LE chipset "

"Graphics NVIDIA® ION™ LE graphics solution "

Acer Aspire R1600 (home support page)

It appears that the graphics adapter is built into the mboard and cannot be removed.

If you can't remove the graphics adapter, then you can't install it in anything else.

A hardware device that is built into the mboard and cannot be removed IS NOT A CARD !

"P.S. i think it broke from a virus, it is just a start up screen then a black screen whenever i turn it on "

Most malware these days is NOT a virus - it's something else.

It's extremely unlikely malware caused your problem - it's likely it was caused by something else.

Have you, or is it possible someone else who had access to this computer...
- dropped it, or dropped anything on it, or otherwise exposed it to a physical jolt ?
- spilled liquid on it, or sprayed it with liquid, or exposed it to liquid such as rain ?

Since the video last worked properly all the time, has there been a power failure event that happened while the AC adapter was plugged in ?

Those things are the most frequent reasons something inside the computer has been damaged.

Problems with the video of the built in display on computers are COMMON, after the computer has been used a lot, or at any time after it has been dropped or has had liquid spilled on it.
In many cases there's nothing else wrong with the computer.

If the led for power and hard drive activity are lighting up when you try booting the computer, try connecting an external computer monitor to your computer's VGA port.

DO NOT plug in or unplug a monitor's video cable into / from a video port while the computer is running. Doing so can damage the monitor's circuits and/or the video adapter's circuits.

It may display on an external monitor without you having to do anything.

If you get no video on an external monitor, some laptops and netbooks have a key combo that you must press to toggle the display to external video only / built in display video only / sometimes both - see the Owner's or User's manual for the model (e.g. press both Fn and Fx ; x is a number).

That may apply to whatever classification of computer your computer is under too.

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April 26, 2012 at 14:13:37
alright then i guess i will just have to wait and get some money, thanks for all the help

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April 26, 2012 at 14:33:54
Thanks for the thanks.

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April 26, 2012 at 16:41:40
thanks for thanking me for thanking you.

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