How can I upgrade my Video Card?

By vania1995
Jun 25, 2009
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  1. Hi at the moment i'm running Call of Duty 4 on low quality and im still lagging.
    Here are my specs:
    1.Dual Core 2.00 GHz intel Pentium E2180 (Pentium 4)
    2. PCI express port for GPU
    3. A dell 0RY007 Motherboard
    4. 2 RAM's each 1024 MB (4 slots in total) 332.5 DRAM frequency
    5. An ATI FireGL V3100 128MB graphics card
    6. Not sure about watts and power
    7. My core speed on the processor keeps changing from 1195 to 1995 (?) on CPU-Z
    My budget is between 50 and 100 canadian dollars.
    I live in Canada.
    I want this new graphics card to allow to me play medium quailty at least with minimal to no lag.
    Thanks ahead of time!
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    Hi Vania
    , a few things, first can you look at the sticker on the side of your power supply to see how many amps/watts you have to work with? it will look something like the attached image. secondly, your cpu frequency is probably changing due to cpu throttling , its a power saving feature that idle at a lower speed to save energy, and throttles up under heavier use. you can change that in the power plan settings if you wish, and what monitor are you using? and at what resolution are you wanting to game at? welcome to Techspot :)
  3. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,867   +74

    psu tag

    opps, sorry about the double post....forgot the pic of the power supply info.
  4. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 7,280   +23

    You probably have an Inspiron E530. Does the PSU sticker look similar to this?
  5. T77

    T77 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 315

    get a video card with atleast 256mb vram(512mb would be nice)
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