looking for a new graphics card

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April 17, 2009 at 19:21:55
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.989 GHz / 958 MB
I need a new graphics card to run a new MMO (Warhammer Online) i was wondering if any one could suggest a compatible card or tell me what i should be looking for in a card to know that it will be compatible.

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#1
April 17, 2009 at 20:57:36
First thing you should make sure is that your other computer parts meet the minimum requirements which are (This is for Windows XP)= 2.5GHz Pentium 4 processor, 1 Gigabyte of RAM, a 128MB video card with Pixel Shader 2.0 compatibility and at least 15GB of free hard disk space. The supported cards are as follows: An ATI= # 9500, 9600, 9800

# X300, X600, X700, X800, X850

# X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950

# 2400, 2600, 2900,

# 3650, 3850, 3870

# 4850, or 4870

NVIDIA= A * FX 5900, FX 5950
* 6600, 6800,
* 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
* 8400, 8500, 8600, 8800
* 9400, 9500, 9600, 9800
* GTX 260, or GTX 280

Intel Graphics= A GMA X4500

Also make sure that your motherboard can support these cards and that your PSU(The little power box where you plug in your electricity) has enough power to run everything or else you will start to see problems with your CD drive not working, your graphics card not working, etc.


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#2
April 17, 2009 at 21:12:39
how do i find out what cards my mother board can support is that just like seeing if i have the ports for it like pci or pci express or is there more to it then that? also thanks for the info you have provided already.
and one more question, i see that the cards say they use ddr, ddr2 or ddr3 memory does my computer have to support a certain one of those types, like i know i use ddr RAM and not DDR2 RAM
and i found the wattage on my PSU it says 250 watts max

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#3
April 17, 2009 at 22:00:17
You can find out your PSU maximum wattage just by opening up the computer and looking at the white label on it. Also, to find out if the graphics card is compatible with the computer it does not only require having the slot, the slot must support the multiplier type supported, example is, if a graphics card requires PCI 4x or 8x multiplier, your PCI slot needs to have a speed of 4 or 8x. I'm not sure how you can find the multiplier out automatically, but supposedly it has to do with the FSB on your computer. I would recommend that your motherboard has a PCI-e slot which is sortive a backwards version of the PCI slot, because most new cards only come in that style. You don't need it as a recommendation though because a lot of the compatible cards still come in the other versions like PCI or AGP. A good idea would be to bring your computer to the computer shop and ask them about slot compatibility just to be on the safe side.

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#4
April 17, 2009 at 22:15:29
You need to find out what type of video port your motherboard has. You can do this by opening up your PC and taking a look, or if you know the motherboard model number, you can search it online. I think you may only have an AGP slot on that computer, but look for yourself to be sure.

Here is a link that will show you what each of the different types of slots look like: http://www.buildyourown.org.uk/pc-b...

Do not worry about what the Video Card's memory is. If the motherboard has the slot, then it will support any video card that is made for that slot. If you do only have an AGP slot, I would suggest getting the ATI Radeon 9550 AGP video card. Here's a link: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ... Just do some extra research to ensure that this video card can handle your game.

Also, if you want to check the wattage on your PSU, it should be listed on a sticker located on the side of your PSU. Give it a look when u open your pc up to determine what slot you have. Goodluck!


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#5
April 17, 2009 at 22:18:08
on a some what related note, is it very difficult to install a new power supply?
also i have PCI and a PCI express (16) slot available
and again thanks to both of you for all the help, i feel like i actually have an idea of what i need to be looking for now.

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#6
April 17, 2009 at 23:36:39
Radeon HD4670 512MB GDDR3

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#7
April 18, 2009 at 00:07:42
with the info i provided do you think this card will be compatible?

http://www.buy.com/prod/visiontek-r...


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#8
April 18, 2009 at 07:17:57
That card is older & very low end...I thought you wanted to play games? The HD4670 is the best gaming card you can buy that doesn't require a PSU connection.

http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...

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


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#9
April 18, 2009 at 07:56:19
Remember though, you're going to have to make sure that the card is still compatible multiplier wise. Also, I don't know if you've updated your system specs on this website, but it says that your processor nearly only reaches 2GHz when you need a minimum of 2.5GHz, which means even if you had a new graphics card, the game might lag/freeze n go even on the lowest settings, a new computer could possibly be a better choice, but if your low on budget, you could go out and look for a new processor that could be compatible with the one you have right now.

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#10
April 18, 2009 at 08:27:26
Bermudashorts said that his PCI-E slot was x16, therefore any PCI-E card on the market should work with it now. I agree with Jam about the video card, very nice choice. Also, I agree with Smizz about the CPU. I actually believe that your computer is a little too old for gaming (at least games in this generation). I would save my money and try to invest in a new computer.

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#11
April 18, 2009 at 12:09:00
"it says that your processor nearly only reaches 2GHz when you need a minimum of 2.5GHz, which means even if you had a new graphics card, the game might lag/freeze n go even on the lowest settings"

Actually, the requirements say "2.5 GHz P4 (single core) processor or equivalent". The OP probably has an AMD Sempron 3500+ (at 2.0GHz) which if you believe the rating system, performs similar to a P4 3.5GHz.

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsuppor...

IMO, the CPU won't be an issue...any lagging will be due to a low end video card. But you do have to stay within reason of what your CPU can handle without becoming the bottleneck. If you feel the HD4670 at $50-60 after rebate is too expensive, there are cheaper cards available that have GDDR3 memory, even cheaper if you're willing to accept slower GDDR2. What I'm saying is, the X1300 is a poor choice.

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

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

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

More system RAM would be helpful too. Your board has 4 memorys slots so if you're only using 2 of them, see if you can find a deal of 2 x 512MB or 2 x 1GB. It's gonna be a little tough finding cheap DDR400 though...checks Frys.com or Newegg.


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