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How do I go about choosing a new graphics card?

By Bub1029
Nov 23, 2008
  1. Hi, I have a problem concerning my current graphics card. The problem is that it's an integrated graphics card and as such, is pretty worthless for PC Gaming. It would be much appreciated if you guys could help me find out what graphics card would be best for me. Just give me a list of what you need to know about my computer to work out a decision, and I will gladly type it up.
    ~Thanks:grinthumb
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    We need to know:
    Budget
    Current Processor and Speed
    What slot (pci, agp, pcie)
    Current PSU
     
  3. Bub1029

    Bub1029 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    My budget is somewhere under 50$, hopefully.

    I have 1 AGP Slot and 2 PCIe x16 slots.

    If the manufacturer is right then the processor is, Intel Pentium 4 630 (3GHz) Processor.

    On the PSU sticker there are a few things, but I'm not sure of which you want. It has 350W Max, Max combined power on +5V and +3.3V output is 150W, or the model number is N305N-00.

    Hope that helps out nicely.:D
     
  4. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I hope you dont plan on playing anything further than solitaire with the budget.
     
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

  6. Bub1029

    Bub1029 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'd just like to keep it low is all. this one looks good but I'd like to review a bit more first.
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    What motherboard is that? I've heard of a board with AGP and PCIe 8x, but never heard of one with AGP and 2 PCIe 16x.
     
  8. Bub1029

    Bub1029 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Maybe they are 8x. They're the same size as the AGP is what I know.
     
  9. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Any idea what board that is specifically? Wouldn't want someone to recommend something that won't work.
     
  10. Bub1029

    Bub1029 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    So I took another look they're actually 2 PCI slots not PCIe. I hope I'm right.
     
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Thought that might be the case :)

    Maybe a 7600GT or a 6600GT would be worth the expense. I'm not sure how much those cost now, but probably not too much above $50 and either would certainly be above what your onboard is capable of.

    If you were budgetless, this is the best (or close to) AGP card you can buy: http://www.google.com/products?hl=e...a=X&oi=product_result_group&resnum=1&ct=title

    Thing is, those get absolutely destroyed by modern PCIe cards for a fraction of the cost. It might be worth considering toughing it out until you have enough money to fully upgrade your system.
     
  12. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

  13. Bub1029

    Bub1029 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    What would you say would give me the most bang for my buck if I wanted to play something from Valve for example. Their most recent game has the requirements of 128 MB, Shader model 2.0, ATI 9600, NVidia 6600 or better. I chose valve for their prominent place in the market.
     
  14. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    i would imagine 20 fps at the most with one of those card, on low details
     
  15. Bub1029

    Bub1029 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well dang. That kinda sucks. Maybe I'd do better saving 200$ for a 360 and playing some of these computer games on that. Of course I still wish I could beef up my graphics card a little bit so it doesn't suck so bad when I'm playing other games or just trying to watch a movie. I appear to be in a pickle thanks for the help anyway you two. This is definitely the tech support forum for me.
     
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    What games specifically? Sure you can't play Crysis very well (if at all) with a P4 AGP system. But you put a 7600GT in it and you can play damn near everything up until Crysis on it. With a 19" monitor and a 7600GT I'm pretty sure you could max the res, set the details to medium, and still play something like Call of Duty 4.

    Not everyone has money to put together systems like yours smash :)
     
  17. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    I've yet to get a 360, only because some of the good games for it are released for pc as well.

    I bet with competitive pricing right now you could take that 300 after you save up and build something that will last you 3-4 years if you're lucky.

    If you have an o.s already that is.

    Goodluck
     
  18. Bub1029

    Bub1029 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Man, looking at Crysis I would think that only a brand new PC could run that, but the game I got those details from was Left 4 Dead. Other games might be Fallout 3, Half-life , Call of Duty, the Lego Games, etc., etc... Hope that gives you an idea
     
  19. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Don't know about Fallout 3, CoD, Half Life, Lego, will all run fine with that 2400 or the 7600.
     
  20. Bub1029

    Bub1029 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well thanks for the help you guys this should be all that I need. If I could give you something I would, but I can't.
     
  21. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    i have FO3 I'm getting 60+ fps on full detail with my system, so it wont playable for him.
     
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