What kind of graphics card do I need?

Hewlett-packard / Pavilion 525w
February 1, 2010 at 21:26:39
Specs: Windows XP
Here are two links for my computer specs, except I upgraded my RAM to 1GB, both from the HP website:



My question is what card do I need? PCI DDR, PCI DDR2, etc.. ? and then there is somethin' about SDRAM? Does that matter when lookin' for a card? I'm not really sure, I'm lost when it comes to graphics card talk, lol.

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February 1, 2010 at 22:55:46
What games are u trying to play? Don't expect miracle to happen with pci video card.

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February 1, 2010 at 23:46:21
Unfortunately, your board only accepts standard PCI cards. You're not gonna get screaming video performance out of that machine.

The memory on the video card (DDR, DDR2, (G)DDR3, etc.) does not have to match system RAM type. As long as the video card is a standard PCI (not the newer and much faster PCI-E), it will work in your machine.

Why do you want a new video card?

Better 3D/gaming performance? http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?in...

Hardware-assisted VC1/H.264 video playback? http://www.ncixus.com/products/4767...

Or just to get off the crappy Intel Extreme and have a dedicated GPU paint your screen? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

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February 2, 2010 at 05:23:13
Yeah, I know. I'm aware of that much, lol. I'm just lookin' for somethin' to help run my online games a lil faster, such as Mabinogi.

Thanks you were very helpful. I know I'm restricted to PCI, but I'm not gonna complain. I was given this computer free of charge, all I had to do was fix it which I did(software problem, haha). So it doesn't really matter if it's DDR, DDR2... etc.. as long as it's PCI?

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February 2, 2010 at 06:05:19

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February 2, 2010 at 06:19:25
Below is a link to the newegg.com site filtered to show only PCI based video cards. Newegg is one of the premier online vendors that most of the US/Canada members here buy from, at least occasionally.


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February 2, 2010 at 10:41:02
Thank you both. :)

Thanks to everyone that answered you all were helpful. :)

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February 2, 2010 at 12:39:11
No problem

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