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Upgrade graphics card in old computer

By hlratliff
Mar 31, 2011
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  1. Want to upgrade my son's computer. He likes to play games on it and has a HD monitor, so would like a graphics card that works well with HD and games.

    He has a Lenovo 3000 J105 (type 8258) Model J4U. Really new to this so I am going to list the specs from the Lenovo website.

    * Tower (4x4) with VIA K8M800 chipset
    * Supports AMD Sempron processor with 128KB or 256KB L2 cache
    * Supports AMD Athlon 64 processors with 512KB or 1MB L2 cache
    * Supports I/O bus speeds of 1600MHz
    * Custom micro-ATX system board design
    * AMD 754 socket

    Power management

    * APM 1.2 and ACPI 1.0b compliant

    Power supply

    * 250 watt supply with variable fan speed
    * 110 volt or 220 volt operation controlled by a switch on the back of the unit

    Video
    VIA S3 Graphics UniChrome Pro IGP

    * 15-pin VGA output on planar
    * Dual pixel pipelines
    * 128-bit 2D/3D engine
    * 200MHz engine clock speed
    * 16-64MB shared memory
    * MPEG-2 hardware acceleration
    Currently using a GF 6200 256MB DDR@ TV DVI (AGP)

    Has 1G DDR PC3200 Would like to up the ram but only 1more slot available. Is there a 2G that I could purchase to give me a total of 3G of ram

    I just bought a 550G hardrive to put in and would like to know what the best graphics card would be as well as where I could find I stick of 2G DDR.

    Hope this is all the information you need. Thank you in advance for your help.
  2. evekidx

    evekidx TS Rookie

    Nvidia all the way all day.


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