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Can I Speed up gameplay without upgrading graphics card?

By Rubberbandman
Jul 29, 2006
  1. I've got 512Mb Ram, 2.8Ghz Celeron D processor & Radeon 9200 graphics card. I know that if set my games to the lower detail levels they will play fine, but would it help if i bought another ram module or is a new graphics card the only option.
     
  2. N3051M

    N3051M TS Evangelist Posts: 2,115

    The graphics card is fine, although some of us would think that its not as powerfull as ones you get today... but all in all, the extra ram to bump it 1GB would help, but your main bottleneck is your Celeron processor, as they aren't realy designed for numbercrunching...
     
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    A celeron is a low end CPU and not designed for gaming. 512mb should be sufficient for most games. 1gb might improve things a tad.
     
  4. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    So if I have the processor, graphics, and RAM that are listed in my signature, upgrading to a gig of RAM won't help that much?
     
  5. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    It really depends on what game you are playing.
     
  6. Rubberbandman

    Rubberbandman TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Personally I'm playing NFS Most Wanted
     
  7. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    I play SimCity 4 and also NFS Underground, although the latter I haven't played in a while.
     
  8. notcorn

    notcorn TS Rookie Posts: 45

    This is your motherboard isn't it ?
    http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Asustek_MATX_MBD_KM400_FSB333_AUDIO_LAN_MATX_MBD_KM400_FSB333_AUDIO_LAN
    In my opinion a new graphics card would yield the most performance increase. Even a reasonably cheap AGP8X card would perform far better than your integrated graphics and would free an extra 64mb RAM which your onboard graphics currently uses. The card you should get depends on how much you are willing to spend.
     
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    your biggest bottleneck is intergrated graphics. That's fine for officework, but games require a card.
     
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