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Advice regarding graphic cards needed!

By Campamania
Apr 19, 2011
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  1. Hi folks

    I thought I would pick the brains of the experts on here.

    I am looking to upgrade my Graphics card but have never attempted this before. Rather than go blundering in )and probably mess things up!) I thought I would check on here first.

    Here are the specs for my current PC (let me know if I am missing anything! out)

    System Specs
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System manufacturer: IBM
    System Model: 8113DG8
    BIOS: Pheonix FirstBios™ Desktop Pro Version 2.0 for ThinkCentre
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40GHz (2 CPUs)
    Memory: 1012MB RAM
    Page File: 698MB used, 1729MB available
    DirectX version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

    Display Device
    Name: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
    Chip Type: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family
    DAC type: Internal
    Approx. Total Memory: 128.0 MB
    Current Display Mode: 1024 x 768 (16 bit) (75Hz)
    Monitor: Plug and Play Monitor

    I would like any suggestions for a reasonable graphics card that would work on my machine + any other alterations/additions I would need to make to the machine itself.

    I appreciate any suggestions!

    Cheers :)
     
  2. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    I've moved your thread to the Audio and Video sub-forum, which is a more suitable place for your enquiry.

    Also, I would recommend you provide us with the total wattage of your power supply.
     
  3. Campamania

    Campamania TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Many thanks

    How do I find out the total wattage though? :)
     
  4. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    Unless you know the make and model of your PSU yourself, you'll need to remove the side panel and check the label on the PSU for those figures.
     
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,370   +125

    Check amperage on the 12v rails, heck just take a picture of the label.
    I don't think you'll get very far with that computer in terms of gaming though, if that's what you're looking for.
     
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +98

    @HK
    I was thinking the same thing tbh, but wasn't 100 percent certain so didn't say.

    Do you think it would bottleneck with modern GPUs pretty quickly?
     
  7. Campamania

    Campamania TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks guys. I will check tomorrow and let you know.

    I am not looking for too much gamingwise, just enough to let me play a few more games then i currently am able too. Mainly MMORPG's rather than any fast paced shooters etc
     


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