Upgrading and worried about compatibility

By Arsinos
Oct 25, 2007
  1. I just got into playing Neverwinter nights 2 with some friends and when i installed a copy of it onto my dimension i was shocked to learn i have a crappy video card that cannot play it. So im upgrading. Im not the best with computers, i can install most of my own hardware, RAM is easy, but i have no idea what type of video card my computer can handle. The specs of my computer as far as i know are;

    Windows XP
    Dell Dimension DM051
    Pentium D 2.66 ghz
    0.99 gb RAM

    Current video card: Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family

    If more imformation is needed ill gladly provide whatever i can. Thank you in advance for your time.

    System Model: Dell DM051
    BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A07
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) D CPU 2.66GHz (2 CPUs)
    Memory: 1014MB RAM
    Page File: 404MB used, 2037MB available

    This is just some different information i found around my PC, dont know if it helps or not
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    It all depends on the slots in the motherboard. They will either be AGP, PCI or PCI-Ex slots. Your existing VGA device is part of the motherboard.
    As far as I can find out, it has no AGP so you are really limited to a PCI-Ex card.
    I don't know which country you are in so cannot recommend a source, but there are loads of them - performance relates to price!
  3. Arsinos

    Arsinos TS Rookie Topic Starter


    I live in the Unites States sorry, forgot to post that part. Is there a way i can find out what slots i have open for a video card? I know there are some open slots in my computer but Im at a loss as to what they are for, any help is much appreciated.
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    As above - you have only PCI and PCI-E slots. You need to run a PCI-E graphics card. You could either take the machine to a local shop and pay a bit more for the card but at least you would be sure it would work, or get something from one of the many on-line stores.
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