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Choosing A New Graphics Card


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#1 rainingblood0187

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 10:34 AM

hey guys, im new to this site, i googled "computer forums" and this seemed like a good place, so hopefully ill get the answers i need lol.




well i bought Counter Strike Source yesterday, and it runs...barely. I was talking to one of my friends who knows a little about computers, and he said either my RAM or my graphics card would need to be upgraded.

I have a gig of ram, so he said that was fine.

i ran dxdiag and got all of my system specs, so ill put that here. Oh by the way, I have a Dell Inspiron 530s. I plan on doing a custom build in the future, but this was a gift so i cant really complain.



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System Information
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Time of this report: 7/9/2008, 04:14:54
Machine name: NANCYBURNS-PC
Operating System: Windows Vista™ Home Basic (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.080425-1930)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.
System Model: Inspiron 530s
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel® Pentium® Dual CPU E2140 @ 1.60GHz (2 CPUs), ~1.6GHz
Memory: 1012MB RAM
Page File: 1017MB used, 1270MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 10
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode

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DxDiag Notes
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Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.

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DirectX Debug Levels
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Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)

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Display Devices
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Card name: Intel® G33/G31 Express Chipset Family
Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
Chip type: Intel® GMA 3100
DAC type: Internal
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_8086&DEV_29C2&SUBSYS_020D1028&REV_02
Display Memory: 250 MB
Dedicated Memory: 0 MB
Shared Memory: 250 MB
Current Mode: 1440 x 900 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: Generic PnP Monitor
Driver Name: igdumd32.dll
Driver Version: 7.14.0010.1409 (English)
DDI Version: 9Ex
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 1/2/2008 17:48:34, 2580480 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp:
Device Identifier: {D7B78E66-6A82-11CF-1976-0722A3C2CA35}
Vendor ID: 0x8086
Device ID: 0x29C2
SubSys ID: 0x020D1028
Revision ID: 0x0002
Revision ID: 0x0002
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C
Deinterlace Caps: {AEDC1D5D-8546-440E-AAB2-B69FA725AF82}: Format(In/Out)=(YUY2,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY VideoProcess_AlphaBlend DeinterlaceTech_FieldAdaptive
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{AEDC1D5D-8546-440E-AAB2-B69FA725AF82}: Format(In/Out)=(YV12,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY VideoProcess_AlphaBlend DeinterlaceTech_FieldAdaptive
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{AEDC1D5D-8546-440E-AAB2-B69FA725AF82}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC1,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,1) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY VideoProcess_AlphaBlend DeinterlaceTech_FieldAdaptive
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{335AA36E-7884-43A4-9C91-7F87FAF3E37E}: Format(In/Out)=(IMC1,YUY2) Frames(Prev/Fwd/Back)=(0,0,0) Caps=VideoProcess_YUV2RGB VideoProcess_StretchX VideoProcess_StretchY VideoProcess_AlphaBlend DeinterlaceTech_BOBVerticalStretch
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DDraw Status: Enabled
D3D Status: Enabled
AGP Status: Enabled

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Sound Devices
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Description: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0888&SUBSYS_1028020D&REV_1000
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RTKVHDA.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.5408 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 5/11/2007 08:26:46, 1773536 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX™ 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2™ Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura™ ZoomFX™: No

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Sound Capture Devices
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DirectInput Devices
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Device Name: Mouse
Attached: 1
Controller ID: n/a
Vendor/Product ID: n/a
FF Driver: n/a

Device Name: Keyboard
Attached: 1
Controller ID: n/a
Vendor/Product ID: n/a
FF Driver: n/a

Poll w/ Interrupt: No

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USB Devices
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+ USB Root Hub
| Vendor/Product ID: 0x8086, 0x2935
| Matching Device ID: usb\root_hub
| Service: usbhub
| Driver: usbhub.sys, 1/19/2008 00:53:42, 194560 bytes
| Driver: usbd.sys, 1/19/2008 00:53:17, 5888 bytes





the rest of it was a whole bunch of bleep that didn't seem relevant to anything. sorry if all that was too much information.




basically, i just want to know what kind of graphics card should i get, and what information do i look at to know whether or not a card will be compatible for my system? im looking for something in the $100-$150 range, nothing too fancy.

If my knowledge of mobos is correct, I have one free PCIe 16x slot, so that should be where the graphics card goes right?


better yet, heres a pic of my motherboard. I had to take it at an angle though, because theres some big ass metal bar in the way, which is why theres a shadow in some of the pics.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/rai...d0187/mobo4.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/rai...d0187/mobo3.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/rai...d0187/mobo2.jpg <--- That one is of my RAM
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a270/rai...d0187/mobo1.jpg

Edited by rainingblood0187, 09 July 2008 - 10:35 AM.


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#2 cornzey

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Posted 09 July 2008 - 11:38 AM

You currently have intergrated graphics, which is the reason source won't play that well.

Is there any preference to the make of chipset?

For your budget you could probably get something like an 8600GT already overclocked.

8600GT Link

This should quite comfortably run Source as I can run it with a 7300LE.

Another thing to look at is your CPU. It is only a 1.6Ghz Dual Core. This could be another factor with some high end games, but it should still comfortably deal with source.

For the time being though, you could always lower the Video settings in Source.


Hope this helps,
Cornzey

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