As the title states, I'm thinking of getting a better video card. Currently, mine I've got integrated graphics... so I don't get the best speed with it. My biggest problem would be a complete noobishness to computer hardware; I'm not sure what's compatible, if I need to download anything, etc.
For starters, this here is essentially my computer: Click Here
The only difference that I can spot between the machine I've linked, and the one I own, is that mine does not have a floppy drive. Reading over the system specs, they seem to be identical in other areas. (They are, after all, the same model number and everything. I'd hope that means they've got matching hardware.)
With that out of the way, my question is basically thus: Could anyone suggest a video card for me? I'm thinking something up to $150, seeing as my PC is 4 years old now and I really don't need anything top of the line anyway. I'll actually be getting a much more powerful laptop when the summer hits, since I'll be off to university. I'm really just tired of my current PC running so slowly, and I hate to see it like so, even if I'm not going to be using it for too much longer.
Like the link I've posted says, I currently have an ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series chipset. I'm not entirely sure, but does this mean that I can't install an nVidia card? Or would I simply need to download the appropriate nVidia driver before putting an nVidia card in my computer? I think I would have to update my drivers regardless of whether I buy an nVidia, or another ATI, but I'm curious as to whether or not I can even run an nVidia card.
I'd like a card that is capable of offering a decent level of performance for video games, though I'm not expecting to run anything released recently. I'd be happy if I could play games that were released in 2006 smoothly, since that's the year I bought this computer, so it seems only fair I suppose? I don't think the rest of the hardware is bad, it's just the video card. In essence, I want something affordable because it needn't be top of the line, and I'd like it to show a significant improvement over what I currently have, if possible. Based on my system specs, there are programs that I should
be able to run reliably, but cannot, and after some research, this integrated graphics is all that I can think to blame.
I guess that's all, really. I can't think of any more information to give on this, but if I've missed anything or if there are any more questions of course, I will of course try to answer them. Hopefully this wasn't a difficult read, I know my thoughts can tend to be all over the place.