A friend of mine brought to me this computer to fix a couple of things that lead to a full reinstall of the OS. However, i've been asked also if it is possible to upgrade it without using much money, the only usage of this computer is a family use and i've been told that nobody is an hardcore gamer or use editing softwares, for the use i've been asked to prepare this computer to, i've seen that it is surely needed to buy a Graphic Card (at the moment it is running the Intel Graphics integrated) and maybe a couple of things.
Here is the actual configuration, if it looks like really old it is because it is really old, it's dated 2003 on the case.
CPU: Intel Celeron D1 2.60 Ghz Northwood
DVD/CD-ROM DRIVES: JLMS XJ-HD166S
Graphic Card: Intel 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller (intel Extreme Graphics 3d AGP)
Network card: missing it was the Realtek RTL8139 PCI but it was damaged and broken so i removed it.
Socket: Socket 478
Ram: 512+512 DDR = 1 GB
Actually, the things i think are needed the most are the Graphic Card and the Network card. Whilst i should be able to get a network card for free, i cannot say the same for the Graphic Card.
The aim is to spend as less as possible but get some specs at least:
-Able to support DirectX v9.0c, Shader version 2.0 capable and at least 256-512 MB of VRAM
The clock of the integrated graphic card is 250 MHz, so obviously i'm looking for something better.
I wouldn't have had any difficult in finding a low price Graphic Card if it was PCI-Ex16 but the only slots available are normal PCI.
Any idea of any graphic card or at least of any place i could look for PCI cards without browse the whole warehouse?