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#1 ComputerNewb

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 01:22 PM

Hello I need to upgrade my graphics card and Im really unsure on which one I should get!

OS: Windows Vista Home Basic 32bit
RAM: 2048 (2038 now because the current GPU uses some ram)
Processor: Intel Celeron D CPU 3.33Ghz
Graphics: Intel :thumbsup:

So yeah I need an upgrade on the graphics. Can anyone help me out?

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#2 FrankOtheMountaiN

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 02:15 PM

I would go with nvidia stuff. Make sure you get the right type of card (eg: pci express or pci or agp)

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 04:12 PM

it depends, if you're a hardcore gamer the i think you should go for an 8800 or more. me i play games once in while and do some photo editing and stuff and i went with an 8600. remember if you're getting a really good video card, you will also need a good psu to suport it

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 05:52 PM

I'd prefer an Nvidia card, but just recently I learned that certain cards need certain Power supply units... Any help? :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 07:03 PM

What is the make and model of your computer? you'll get a more definite answer
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 09:31 PM

This might be of use!

http://www.emachines.com/products/products.html?prod=T3604

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Posted 30 August 2008 - 08:14 AM

You do have a pci expressx16 slot to put a graphics card in. There are a few problems I see though:

1. The power supply is most likely cheap. If you want to get a higher end graphics card, you'll need a new power supply.

2. Cards with dual-slot coolers or large heatsink fans, as well as cards that are very long may not fit very well in your case.

3. A celeron processor is really going to bottleneck most any modern graphics card you get. I had an older ATI X1900gt from 2006, and my Pentium 4 processor really bottlenecked it down. Once I got a core 2 duo processor, I could turn the graphic settings up higher in all of my games and I would have less lag.

If you really want to play games, you're looking at at least $300 worth of upgrades. If you're not planning on playing newer games though, you may be able to settle with the celeron processor.

I have a question for everyone, but it's on topic. According to the Intel website, the 945g chipset supports Celeron, Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Core 2 Duo processors, at 533mhz, 800mhz, and 1066mhz fsb. Does this mean all motherboards with this chipset support these processors?
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Posted 30 August 2008 - 08:35 AM

You do have a pci expressx16 slot to put a graphics card in. There are a few problems I see though:

1. The power supply is most likely cheap. If you want to get a higher end graphics card, you'll need a new power supply.

2. Cards with dual-slot coolers or large heatsink fans, as well as cards that are very long may not fit very well in your case.

3. A celeron processor is really going to bottleneck most any modern graphics card you get. I had an older ATI X1900gt from 2006, and my Pentium 4 processor really bottlenecked it down. Once I got a core 2 duo processor, I could turn the graphic settings up higher in all of my games and I would have less lag.

If you really want to play games, you're looking at at least $300 worth of upgrades. If you're not planning on playing newer games though, you may be able to settle with the celeron processor.

I have a question for everyone, but it's on topic. According to the Intel website, the 945g chipset supports Celeron, Pentium 4, Pentium D, and Core 2 Duo processors, at 533mhz, 800mhz, and 1066mhz fsb. Does this mean all motherboards with this chipset support these processors?



Didn't search thoroughly, but here is the product sheet for the chipset: http://www.intel.com/Products/Desktop/Chip...5G-overview.htm
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Posted 30 August 2008 - 08:54 PM

Yes, that's where I'm getting my information from. I suppose all Intel 945g chipsets support those processors, but the motherboard's bios may not. If it does, then he should look into getting at least a lower end core 2 duo for better gaming performance.
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