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Looking to upgrade graphics card and RAM

By megauzi
Jun 27, 2010
  1. Hello guys,
    Im trying to find a new graphics card because im tired of my intergrated chipset
    being unable to play good games (Fear 2, Fallout3, stuff like that) and I
    wanted to start looking for a good graphics card to run good games on decent
    settings. so can you guys please help me out because i dont know wat kind
    of graphics card to look for...

    Here are my system specs

    Operating System: Windows Vistaâ„¢ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6000)
    (6000.vista_gdr.100218-0019)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
    System Model: Inspiron 530s
    BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.2GHz
    Memory: 2036MB RAM
    Page File: 1383MB used, 2899MB available
    DirectX Version: DirectX 10

    Advanced Graphics Info:

    Card name: Intel(R) G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
    Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
    Chip type: Intel(R) GMA 3100
    DAC type: Internal
    Display Memory: 286 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 0 MB
    Shared Memory: 286 MB
    Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor: Dell S199WFP(Analog)
    Driver Attributes: Final Retail
    Driver Date/Size: 2/11/2008 19:36:08, 3301376 bytes
    Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C

    and one more thing i have 2GB RAM and i want more how and where would i get that
    Please and thank you for the help. :)
     
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,177

    In order to upgrade your ram you need to know how many slots are available and what's populating those slots. Run CPU-Z to get that info. If you have 4 slots and you're only using two, just get two more sticks that match what you currently have installed. If you have two slots, you need to remove what you have and just replace with the same type of RAM but 2 x 2GB set.

    As far as the video card, it would help to know the specs of the power supply. If you have one of the slim chassis then you need a low profile card which limits your choices.

    What's your price range for the video card?
     
  3. megauzi

    megauzi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    how do i figure out the specs of the power supply and theres no limit to the price range, i just wanna know the general area of gfx cards that i can get, and also i dont under wat u mean by running CPU-Z
     
  4. megauzi

    megauzi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i would like to add i have 2 PCI slots that are open...wud that add to the integrated chipset? or would that just get rid of the integrated graphics and replace it?

    *sry for double post*
     
  5. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,909   +91

  6. megauzi

    megauzi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    All i see is V: 110/220V~ Hz50/60
    A: 6.0/3.0

    then i have this

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  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    I believe that is actually a slim computer...is it?
     
  8. megauzi

    megauzi TS Rookie Topic Starter

    what do u mean by slim? the size?

    if so then its not really slim
     
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