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Do I Need a new Graphics card?


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#1 hadoku

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 05:14 PM

I couldn't decide wether to put this in this forum, external software, or games.

Basically, I play fps games and I average about 30-40 fps all the time. I recently aquired a new monitor, (nothing special), and reformatted my computer (probably unnecessarily, but I figured it was about time) I have always had the game on super low graphics (lower than is optional in the game, by editing a .xml) And I still have the same fps lag. I have always had screen lag for most games I play on this computer.
(note: I used a program called fraps to see what my fps actually was.)

I was wondering if there was a better (and cheaper) way to raise my average fps? Or does it look like I'll need a graphics/video card? How much do they cost?

If it's helpful, here's some info for my comp;

i'm running a hp pavillion a1310n with 960mb of RAM -> 200gb hard drive
I have a daytech monitor.. probably 25 inches? i donno..

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 09:52 PM

Hi, Good question by the way,

Yes you would be better off getting a new graphics card, here are some links to some good ones that SHOULD fit in the x16 graphics lane that is on the mobo, they are frome newegg.com of course:):

:trumpet: ATI Cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....20Express%20x16

:flowers: Some PNY's: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....logies%2c%20Inc.

:thumbsup: GIGABYTE (I don't have any experience with these so I don't know): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList....p;name=GIGABYTE

Ok well if you want to you can look around newegg and find some others but i think mine follow what you need. :inlove: Don't go cheap as well... Unless it is a good deal and a good card.

Also what kind of games do you plan on playing? Also you might think of buying more ram. :cool:
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 08:08 PM

okay so i purchased an ATI Radeon 4550 HD - i havent gotten it yet... it was all I could afford. But nonetheless, I've looked up many videos and tutorials on how to install a video card, and I still can't figure it out. Most of the computers aren't anything like mine, and my computer seems to have the 'monitor plug in' attached to the entire motherboard? I have 2 PCI slots, (im pretty sure they're PCI slots =\) I can post pictures if that helps

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Posted 27 May 2010 - 08:45 PM

yes please post a pic so i can be sure you have the correct slot for the card you are getting it should be right but just want to make sure. :thumbsup:
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Posted 27 May 2010 - 11:09 PM

okay, first, here is the back of my monitor inlet.... ( the top pinkish box)

http://img84.imageshack.us/i/yess.jpg/


now, here are my supposed PCI slots if i'm thinking correctly:

http://img20.imageshack.us/i/yesssb.jpg/
http://img8.imageshack.us/i/yesvk.jpg/

(for some reason the board wouldnt let me /img)

so, would i just throw the video card into one of those slots? what if it has a monitor inlet? :thumbsup:
(referring to this picture)
http://images.dailytech.com/nimage/9339_ati.jpg

Edited by hadoku, 27 May 2010 - 11:16 PM.


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Posted 28 May 2010 - 05:17 AM

when you get the card just put it in the first slot in this pic: http://img20.imageshack.us/i/yesssb.jpg/ :thumbsup: also it should work off the new card once you put it in so when you get it and put it in and connect your monitor. :flowers:
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