What Video Card upgrade?

Hewlett-packard / Pl382aa-aba a706n
January 14, 2009 at 14:09:16
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.1 GHz / 447 MB
Hi, I was told that my current card, a VIA/S3G UniChrome IGP, was ''...an older card that is not fully DirectX 9.0 compatible (one of the minimum requirements as listed on the game packaging). We've been having problems with these cards since ICE and it appears that they are just not capable of supporting the demanding graphics of HAU. Upgrading your video card will most likely be necessary to play the game. '' The only other problem we have had was with Need For Speed. We were never able to get it to work and they also said it was probably our card. Anyway, I called Best Buy & Staples who both asked me things I didn't know the answer to, Like if I had a PCI slot and said they couldn't really help and the cheapest is $100.00. Anyways now I know we do not have PCI slot but we do have a AGP. ( I Looked) and the max wattage is 250. We can't really get an exspensive upgrade, My Mom said the $50.00 range would be ok if we chipped in but all the stores say $100.00 or more. A search on the internet shows some cheaper things but I honestly just don't know if they will work or what.....My question is what the cheapest upgrade would be, that would make our games work, work with our computer & actually be worth purchasing. The only reason to upgrade will be so our new games work (they crash now or only part works) but we can't really spend 100's of dollars...especially if it might not even work for our computer

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#1
January 14, 2009 at 14:27:14
Go to NEWEGG.COM, they've got a dozen or so AGP cards and most have DirectX 10 on them. You may have to get mom to go a little higher than $50, but not much.

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#2
January 14, 2009 at 15:12:01
Ok, Thanks! These are what I'm looking at.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


That's right..Right? Do you recommend any or which ones we should consider?


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#3
January 14, 2009 at 18:15:07
"Go to NEWEGG.COM, they've got a dozen or so AGP cards and most have DirectX 10 on them"

I agree about newegg.com , but very few AGP cards support DX10. You're not running Vista so it doesn't matter anyway.

Look for a card that uses 128-bit memory. Don't waste your money on a 64-bit card & do NOT buy a card from BestBuy, Circuit City, etc. If you do, chances are you'll pay WAY too much.

Here's a possibility:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

Or if you're willing to take a chance on "open box", here's the same card for less $$:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...


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#4
January 20, 2009 at 17:44:41
OK, Thanks for your help! What do ya'll think of this? A coworker of my Mom's told her to get geforce & I guess he is more persuading when it comes to getting something that has a higher price range so this is what she is planning on getting....just wondering if there are any opinions out there. Thanks!

http://www.compusa.com/applications...


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