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Video card for a low end PC

By Katmaster
Nov 10, 2008
  1. Hi there,
    I have been browsing the web in search of advice on upgrading my current system, with lots of confusion.

    So after spending alot of time browsing the net and trying to figure out what will work with my system, I have found a few things that "I think?" may work as upgrade's.

    Basicly I just want to know what you think about my choices and "if" they will work out.

    Here is the specs on my system "pretty bad I know but it was free"
    http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/dell-dimension-3000-celeron/4507-3118_7-31077378.html

    So far I have put in a 250gb hd and a dvd rom drive. I know I need 2 sticks of ram as the current 256mb is just terrible. But the real question I have is about a Video card, as I just want the system to be able to play World of warcraft. "I will have the game set on low end settings"

    Here is a video card for a very affordible price that I found,
    http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0291634

    I was also looking at some of the other cards on the same site.
    http://microcenter.com/search/searc...ategory=HH1B&manufacturer_title=&sortby=match

    If you could tell me if any of those cards would be a good choice for me please let me know, or point me in the direction of what you think would be my best bet.

    Thank you in advance, hope you can help :)
     
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. Katmaster

    Katmaster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Yeah I really don't want to invest much in this computer, but its what im going to be stuck with for a while "about 8 months or so"

    I have $0 in the machine right now, so spending $44.99 on http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0291634 wouldn't be a problem.

    With that in mind would it still not be worth it?
    as far as performance goes, with the extra ram im putting in "1gb" and possibly that video card, would I not see much of a change in performance?
     
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    It's a 128Meg PCI Video card
    Personal thought, not worth it

    You need to be aware, you do not have a gaming machine. :(
    The real issue is, if you put in another Vide card, you may then need to update the Power Supply
    And you may need to fit another case fan in it

    I don't think so :rolleyes:

    But it's your money :grinthumb
     
  5. electromagnetic

    electromagnetic TS Enthusiast Posts: 201

  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  7. Katmaster

    Katmaster TS Rookie Topic Starter

    If i could run 2gigs of ram and a 512mb video card along with my dvd rom drive and 250gb hd on 250 watts of power, that would be amazing.. I have no idea how to find out though' lol
     
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    If it's a PCI video card, You don't need to upgrade the PSU. If it's AGP or PCI-E, then upgrade it. But you're going to spend more than $300 if you do both in which case you might as well build a new system.
     
  10. Katmaster

    Katmaster TS Rookie Topic Starter

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