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Installing a new graphics card on a Lenovo ThinkCentre

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#1 Fexcad


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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:05 AM

I recently received a refurbished ThinkCentre as a gift. It runs fairly well with 3gb of RAM. My cpu is currently Intel Core2 Duo CPI E8400 @ 3.00GHz. However I need to upgrade my graphics card because atm it's not good enough to handle an MMO I'm going to play, called TERA. The recommended graphics card is an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000.

My question is, can I purchased the Athlon card, install it easily, and have it be compatible with the Intel one?

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 12:44 AM

AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000 is a CPU, not a graphics card.

You should be fine with keeping your Core2 CPU. Without seeing the exact model ThinkCentre you have, you most likely have a PCI-Express slot for a nice video card.

You can go with ATI or NVidia for your graphics card.. which you choose is up to you.

Installation is pretty easy. You install the card in the slot, then install the drivers from the manufacturer's website. Then you game. :)

Edited by kisk, 17 April 2012 - 12:46 AM.

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Posted 17 April 2012 - 01:32 AM

Note that you will most likely need to upgrade your power supply.

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