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Graphics Card Help Please

By Rachel0910
Oct 31, 2008
  1. Hi,

    I would like to play some new games such as Crysis or Far Cry 2 and I would like to know what I need to enable me to do this re; graphics card? power supply etc?

    I have read the sticky, and have posted as much info as I can. I am in NEW ZEALAND
    My budget is not a lot so cheap but reliable and above average, but not top end would be best. i dont know what currency you guys operate in but I will say about 100-150 US$ (ha! or less!!)

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Processor : AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual Core Processor 5400+
    Core Speed: 2813 Mhz

    Motherboard: ECS
    Model: Iris 8
    Ports : PCI Express (x16)

    Memory: DDR2
    Channels: Dual
    Size:2048Mbytes

    Power :Unknown brand, came inside my new compaq presario (bought as package) Maybe AVC as that is the sticker?

    I have looked on Power supply and this is all I could find

    +5V & + 3.3V 175W Max
    +5V & + 12V 268W Max

    I hope you guys might know what this means?

    Thank You

    Rachel :wave:
     
  2. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    Download and run Everest Home (it is free):

    http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4181.html

    Once you download it, click on it and let it install and then run it from the icon on your desktop. Click on file, preferences, report and uncheck the 'include debug information in the report' box. People rarely want to see that stuff.

    Click on the + sign beside 'Computer', then on 'Summary', then go to the VERY Top of the screen and click on 'report'.

    Note: the 'Very Top' isn't one line down, it means what it says.

    Cursor over 'quick report-summary' and then click on 'plain text' and then click on 'save to file' and change the 'save in' folder to 'Desktop' and then click 'Save'.

    Clear all your open windows and on the Desktop click on that 'report.txt' icon - this will open it in a text editor (probably Notepad) and then copy and paste it to here.
     
  3. Rachel0910

    Rachel0910 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi, Thanks for your reply. I have tried to do what you asked

    --------[ EVEREST Home Edition (c) 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

    Version EVEREST v2.20.405
    Homepage
    Report Type Quick Report
    Computer MATANDRACH-PC
    Generator matandrach
    Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Edition 6.0.6001 (WinVista Beta)
    Date 2008-11-02
    Time 06:50


    --------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Computer:
    Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Edition
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 1
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name MATANDRACH-PC
    User Name matandrach

    Motherboard:
    CPU Type Unknown, 2800 MHz
    Motherboard Name Unknown
    Motherboard Chipset Unknown
    System Memory 1984 MB
    BIOS Type Award (06/10/08)

    Display:
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
    Monitor Compaq W220q Wide LCD Monitor [NoDB] (CNT811227D)

    Multimedia:
    Audio Adapter High Definition Audio Controller [NoDB]

    Storage:
    IDE Controller NVIDIA nForce Serial ATA Controller
    IDE Controller Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller
    SCSI/RAID Controller Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
    Disk Drive Generic USB SM Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB MS Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive ST336032 0AS SCSI Disk Device (335 GB)
    Disk Drive Generic USB SD Reader USB Device
    Disk Drive Generic USB CF Reader USB Device
    Optical Drive HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GH10L SCSI CdRom Device
    SMART Hard Disks Status Unknown

    Partitions:
    C: (NTFS) 334015 MB (270437 MB free)
    D: (NTFS) 9381 MB (1277 MB free)
    Total Size 335.3 GB (265.3 GB free)

    Input:
    Keyboard Enhanced Multimedia PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse
    Game Controller Microsoft PC-joystick driver

    Network:
    Network Adapter NVIDIA nForce Networking Controller (192.168.1.2)
    Modem PCI Soft Data Fax Modem with SmartCP

    Peripherals:
    Printer Microsoft XPS Document Writer
    USB1 Controller Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller [NoDB]
    USB2 Controller Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller [NoDB]
    USB Device USB Human Interface Device
    USB Device USB Mass Storage Device

    I hope this is correct, and any advice you could give would be appreciated.

    Thanks hun,

    Rachel :wave:
     
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

  5. Rachel0910

    Rachel0910 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi

    Yes,

    It is a compaq presario SR5540AN model

    Yes, it is a ECS Iris 8 mobo.

    I think I put that in my first post.

    There is a lot of info isnt there?

    Any ideas?
     
  6. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    'It is a compaq presario SR5540AN model'

    'I think I put that in my first post.'

    No, you did NOT!

    In any event, your comp has a PCI-E slot and thus you may upgrade accordingly.

    The only problem I had researching is that your psu (power supply unit) specs are not available (at least, I couldn't find them). That you will need to find out to be sure you can support a PCI-E card.

    With your model now known, you can Google for info using make, model and PCI-E as the search categories.

    gl
     
  7. Rachel0910

    Rachel0910 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hi, Thanks for that

    From my first post:
    Processor : AMD Athlon 64 x 2 Dual Core Processor 5400+
    Core Speed: 2813 Mhz

    Motherboard: ECS
    Model: Iris 8
    Ports : PCI Express (x16)


    Memory: DDR2
    Channels: Dual
    Size:2048Mbytes


    But anyway, Do you have any idea of a card I could get?
    I am looking at getting a VX550W power supply, so I need an idea of a card to go with it, for maybe $200Us or 300$NZ maximum.

    Any help gratefully accepted

    Rachel :slurp:
     
  8. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,291   +25

    What resolution do you play games at? That'd help us recommend a suitable card, although, considering your budget, $200 will get you an HD 4850 that will be good enough for all resolutions upto 1600x1200.
     
  9. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 3,556

    Rachel0910 - posting that your comp has an ECS Iris8 mobo doesn't always identify it since, in cases like yours, that is a mobo sold by ECS to other companies and does NOT have support from ECS. So, I had to do a bit of seraching to find what company(ies) they sold it to.
     
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