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Upgrading notebook video card memory?

Q: Upgrading notebook video card memory?


I currently have an Acer Travelmate 529ATX Notebook, which uses an ATI Rage Mobility video chip, with 8MB of RAM.

Now, I know this isn't especially powerful when compared to newer chips - so here's my question:
Is there any way of enhancing the memory or performance of this chip to allow me to play certain games? Nothing fast, mind you - as a case in point, I wanted to play the game "Syberia", which gives as a requirement - "3D video card, minimum 16MB of RAM".

Am I stuck? The computer itself has 256MB of SDRAM.

Thanks very much for your help...

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Okay, so I still have my old 8300 (along with my newer computers), I'm looking to upgrade my 512 MB of memory to the max 4GB. I also have a GeForce FX 5200 128MB Video Card (AGP) that I would like to update. Now I know this computer is old but I'm looking for some suggestions on what I can do with this computer concerning upgrades on the memory card & video card. I've been researching parts on Newegg but want to make sure I know what's compatible. Some folks say 4GB is to much memory and also the video card cannot be above 256 MB for this computer? This computer is used by my daughter for basic internet, facebook, and no serious gaming. The computer runs Windows XP SP3, memory speed 400 MHz, and help would be greatly appreciated :wave :

A:Upgrading Dell Dimension 8300 Video/Memory Card

4GB is too much if you plan on sticking with Windows XP... 2GB is plenty for the older OS (that's still four times the memory!) -especially since the computer is considered general purpose... There are a lot of video cards out there for low end usage, and if you really want to upgrade from the older card check out some deals on the latest AGP cards. The interface is aged now so you wont have to spend much for what you're looking for, and honestly if you just need the computer for internet i'd keep the 5200. Video memory doesn't matter but you don't need anything more than 256MB...

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Recently I was doing a research about a memory update for my G42-365LA Notebook, and in many websites, including the Netbook User?s Manual, I found that this Notebook could be upgraded up to 8 Gb of memory. So I bought two RAM memories of 4 Gb each one (SoDIMM DDR3 PC3-10600 @ 1333 MHz) according to researched specifications. But the thing is that when I installed them I couldn't enter into the OS, it sent me to the Windows Error Recovery window directly, and whichever option I choose it reboots and it keeps doing that. Well, I tried installing just one memory alone and the result is different, it came up with the BSOD giving me different errors each time I reboot the Netbook. These errors are:


I?ve tried to reinstall the OS with memories installed, but the result is the same

My Notebook is a HP G42-365LA; Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Service Pack 1; Intel Core i3 CPU M 370 @2.4 GHz

I don't know if I was cheated by the manufacturer website and/or the others websites, that's why I need your help.

P.S. When I installed just one memory module, I can see The Windows intro logo, but just for two seconds or so. And I tried to install "Ubuntu 12.04 desktop amd x64" with just one 4 Gb memory module inserted and everything was good, but it wasn't with the two cards installed.

A:Upgrading Memory Failure HP G42-365LA Notebook

One of the stick of ram maybe bad. Try them each one at a time.

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Hi I have an HP zd8000 with:

Pentium 4 3.4gz w/ HT
2gb ram
100gb hard drive 5400 RPM
Radeon x600 256mb
I'm not sure on the MOBO.. does anyone know what the zd8000's is?

My question is.. when i bought my notebook I read that it has a pci express slot, so i was wondering if this means that I can put any pci express video card in my notebook, or are there select ones? Mainly, I was thinking about upgrading to the x1900

Is this possible or are there special video cards just for notebooks that I have to choose from?

Thanks in advance

A:Upgrading a notebook video cards

You can't upgrade notebooks video memory cards they are propritary and non interchangeable (for the most part). The card you link is for a PC not a Laptop.

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can i upgrade my HP 16r033tx notebook nvedia graphics card from 820m to higher ones(4th gen). Please help me.

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I'm wondering if I can upgrade my Graphics Card and what models I should use to upgrade with? Thank you very much.

A:Upgrading Graphics Card on HP Pavilion g7-1328dx Notebook ??

Hi, Unfortunately the amd chip is integrated into the system board and is not an upgradeable component - this is the case for the majority of consumer class notebooks. Regards, DP-K

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Hello, I have a HP Pavilion Model 14-n014nr with Atheros Model AR5B125 and i wanted to upgrade my wifi card to pick up the 5ghz frequency band on my dual band router. Am i able to upgrade to any notebook wifi card that supports AC?

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Starting to gather info on best CPU / video card to use ?

Don't use the computer for gaming ... but do require good performance for video capture and editing (guess same required for gaming anyway) ... any thoughts on what to look for ??

Have AverMedia USB2 TV capture module, but may be better to be in notebook rather then having more things to plug in ...

Budget around $1500-2500 (maybe 3,000)

Battery life not a problem be using it mostly at home

Greg ...

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Im using HP 620 laptop and it has Intel gma 4500M video card in it. The problem is that the video card is only using 14mb RAM. And i dont know how to change it. Ive searched for it in bios but found nothing there... Help me anyone

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Quote: Originally Posted by ltharis

Im using HP 620 laptop and it has Intel gma 4500M video card in it. The problem is that the video card is only using 14mb RAM. And i dont know how to change it. Ive searched for it in bios but found nothing there... Help me anyone

It cant be using 14 Mb or you wouldn't be able to see anything on it. Please run dxdiag from the search menu to get the correct numbers
Ken J

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Please.. what the correct driver file I need in my notebook for works bluetooth and card memory!! I downloaded several, but continue dont works.. =(

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How do I go about Up grading my video card in this notebook I want the highest card with power that it can handle?
Model: Q dv7t-3300
Product: WH764AV
Bought on: May - 7-2010
Product Name: HP Pavilion dv7 Notebook PC

In this shipment


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1 EA DC305AV
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HP Home & Home Office Store Insert
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No TV Tuner w/remote control
8 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
No Modem
Intel Wireless-N Card with Bluetooth
6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
Blu-Ray +/-R/RW with SuperMuIti
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 320M
HP Color Matching Keyboard

A:How to up grade my video card in this notebook

It's a standard mid-range consumer laptop. You can't upgrade the graphics.

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I am looking at a couple notebook configurations from Dell. The first notebook (which is located under their "gaming notebook" section) i customized has the 256MB ATI MOBILITY RADEON X1400 HyperMemory card in it. It is the Inspiron E1705 notebook.

The second notebook (which isn't listed under the "gaming notebook" section) I customized is pretty much the same as the first one except the video card is a 256MB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache card, and that is the highest quality card they offer. This is the XPS M1210 Notebook.

How do these two cards differ? I haven't been keeping up with my video cards lately, so I am unsure of how they perform in the gaming world. I am not looking for an ultimate gaming experience from these laptops by the way. I just need something that can run any game smoothly at decent graphic quality.

Dell lists both these cards in their Mid-Range Gaming section thing, but according to Dell, the ATI card is better than the Nvidia.

I think the XPS notebook came out to a little less than 200 dollars cheaper. Would that notebook with the GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache card perform adequately with my games, or should i spring for the Inspiron E1705?

A:Notebook Video Card Comparison

I would say both will run games adequately - but neither at the high resolutions and higher image settings most gamers demand with new games. But the ATI one is likely better then the Geforce one.

Two articles to read;

This one is more background:
This one mentions both GPU's:

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 Hello !I've recently bought an HP PAVILLION 15-AB112NL and I have a question if,in the future, i want to change my video card with another will it be possible or not?And if the answer is yes, which video cards will be compatible with this pc? This morning,due to a mistake, I posted the same question in desktops section so please remove it from "desktop section"

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So I have an Alienware Aura R3
Mainboard : Alienware 046MHW
Chipset : Intel P67
Operating System : Windows 7 Home Premium Home Edition Media Center 6.01.7601 Service Pack 1 (64-bit)
Processor : Intel Core i7 2600 @ 3400 MHz
Physical Memory : 6144 MBDDR3-SDRAM
Video Card : NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450 x2 SLi
PSU : 525w

CAn I upgrade video card to MSI N660 Ti PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 Video Card or to the MSI N670 PE 2GD5/OC GeForce GTX 670 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 Video Card

A:Upgrading video card

Yeah you can, any current generation card will work (except the GTX 690 and 7990 because your PSU won't be able to handle those). Should be quite a considerable upgrade over your current GTS 450 SLI setup.

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I am trying to upgrade my video card in my desktop computer to evga GeForce gtx670 ftw. Before I install drivers it boots up just fine but after installing drivers I get a black screen after the hp logo and Windows screen. Is there a bios update available or how do I remedy this issue?

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So I'm looking to replace my Video Card, it died on me. You can read all about it in my other thread. I read the guide to asking for suggestions so I am following that format.

At the moment I am not playing anything much, I mostly enjoy a couple hours of arena on World of Warcraft

I'm looking to spend around 100, I want to stay around that.

Motherboard - M2N - Sli
Memory - 2 x Crucial 1GB, 240 - pin DIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300
CPU - AMD Athlon 64 x2 6400+
CPU Speed - 3216.6 MHz
Power Supply - Cooler Master eXtreme Power RP-500-PCAR 500W
Wattage output/Amperage - It has 2 +12v Rails and they are both at 16A so 32A

I must admit right now I am quite amateur, barely keeping my head above water so thanks for all the help and patience as well as knowledge.

I was looking at this Video Card but I don't think it is much better than my Card that just broke. My Card at the moment but doesn't allow me to play games is a BFG 512 8800 GT OC. It's Core Clock is 625MHz, Shader Clock 1566MHz, and Memory data rate is 1800MHz. I don't need a 1GB card, got a shitty monitor.

Hope that is enough information guys, thanks in advance. Doh, I'm in Canada.

A:Upgrading Video Card

Hi boyontherun.
you are right , that card is not even close to the card you have now. dont let the Nvidia numbering system fool you. for a $100, this is your best bet. see if you can find this from a site that ships to you.
or this, 4830
if your stuck on nvidia, get another 8800gt, any of them will do exceedingly well for the gaming you do

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Hey all,

I intend to upgrade my video card soon, but my only concern is my power supply.... I have a 400W FSP Group ATX-400 PA. (Has 34 or 36A on +12V rail), and I do not want to buy a new one lol.

I am trying to decide between the 8800GT and the 9600GT, but I'd prefer the second one because it runs cooler and uses less power than the 8800GT.

System would be:

Core 2 Duo E4300 @ 2.7 GHz (might go for 333MHZ FSB, or 2.93GHZ)
2GB Corsair XMS DDR2-800
80GB HDD (might go for 160 in several months)
Around 3 fans (have more but I power them separately)

Do you think my PSU could handle the 8800GT? It's a high quality PSU, but I still think 400W might be small for such a power hungry card lol......

So the 9600GT would be the card for me? (BTW I game at 1280x1024, no more )

Thanks =)

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Your power supply is fine for the 8800GT or the 9600GT IMO.

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ATM i have an ATI Radeon X300se 128mb PCIe vid card and i am sorely in need of an uprgade for playing games like unreal tournament 2004 and half-life 2. I would like to spend around 130-170 dollars on the card, but i dont know which gpu to choose.

I have looked at:
GeForce 6600 256mb
GeForce 6600GT 128mb
ATI Radeon X700Pro 256mb

I wonder which gpu would give me the greatest jump in performance ingame. Also what brands would you recommend for my price range? Thanks!

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My friend has 499mghz Compaq Presario. His video card is 3DFX Voodoo3, can he upgrade this? Also he has Windows XP.

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I am wanting to upgrade my video card and don't know which one to choose. We are going to buy from ebay so the price isn't that important. I do love to play lots of Sims 2 games though. I have been looking at other posts and have most of the information I need. I am not sure how to find the rest of it. I have had some trouble with finding my power supply. I looked all over the back of my computer but I couldn't find it. I did find something that said 1.8v. My processor is Intel Celeron 356 and my core speed is 3333.3 mHz. The mainboard manufacturer is Intel Corporation and the model is d945gcl. The memory type is ddr2, the channel is single, and the size is 512mbytes. I am upgrading my memory to 2gb ddr2 dual channel ram which is the maximum for my computer before I get the video card though. Also, I am from KY, USA. I will keep trying to figure out the power supply. Thanks ahead of time.

A:Help with Upgrading Video Card

you have to open up the case to physically see it. in the top left of the box...that silver box that has all the power cords coming out of it leading it to the motherboard....that's the power supply. and more than likely it is both in the same place in your machine, and looks the same.

as for the graphics card...the good news is that you have a PCI-express 16x slot. so you can buy any graphics card there is right now.

if price isn't important, get an 8800 gt 512mb, 8800gts 512mb, 8800gtx 768mb, 8800ultra, or the radeon 3870. any one of those would be perfect for you.

i'm not sure how good a card off of ebay is going to be. it likely has something wrong with it. i would strongly advise against it, and buy from an online site like or price is an issue for a good reason...quality. you'll know you're getting a good item for a decent price and it likely won't die on you..

but anyway. there you have it. that's the list of recommended cards at the moment.

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Hey, guys. I have this system:

Compaq Deskpro EN
Intel Pentium 3 866mHz (133FSB X 5)
256MB SDRAM Memory (2 X 128 @ 100 Mhz)
NVIDIA Riva TNT2 Graphics Card 16MB AGP4X @ AGP4X 142mhZ core, 166 mhZ memory
Onboard SoundMAX Integrated Audio
20GB WEstern Digital HDD @ 5400RPM or 7200RPM
2 Optical Drives (Pioneer DVD-116 40xCD, 16xDVD; HP CD-Writer Plus! 8000 series 8XCD-R, 4XCD-RW, 32XCD)
Windows 2000 SP4

and I want to upgrade the graphics card. What is the highest NVIDIA series (I prefer NVIDIA) card I should use? I don't want to go into the FX series, because I believe that the processor will be a bottleneck. I want to use a GeForce4Ti (I see that model a lot in the forums), but I don't know if it would work on a 200W PSU. Any suggestions?

A:Upgrading A Video Card

What PSU do you have now becuase I dont see it inside your system specs...

If it's the 200w you said... Im surprised your computer can even run with 200w :haha: well what I would 1st do is switch the PSU to this:

For the videocard give a link to the card you want and i'll take a look at it

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My pc is a HPE H8-1120 and I recently bought a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 750ti and unfortunately my pc got stuck at the HP splash screen, where it says press escape to boot, and then beeped once. Some research showed that apparently the legacy bios on my mobo isn't compatible so now I'm thinkin of picking up an Asus Radeon RX 460 from here .. anybody know if it will be compatible with my pc? I would hate to have to have the same problem all over again and waste money Thanks!

A:Upgrading video card

Hi MaccoCruz, I've not added a card to this particular PC, but have you checked the PC and MB specs against the card specs? For refernce, here is the PC specs document: Here are the MB specs: Also, have you checked if there is an updated BIOS?

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I want to upgrade my Graphics card so i can play games on HD
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 645 Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 5 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5887 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 4200, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 942326 MB, Free - 775505 MB; D: Total - 11439 MB, Free - 1397 MB;
Motherboard: FOXCONN, 2AB1
model:Hewlett-Packard p7-1054
HP pavillion

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I currently have a 32 mb Nvidia riva tnt2 installed in AGP slot. my AGP slot support 2x/4x. What type of video card can I install, because some games require higher memory like 64mb etc.?
I have Windows XP Pro P4 SP1 512 RAM. Any advise is appreciated.

A:Upgrading to the right video card

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OK right now I have an EVGA nvidia e-geforce 8600 gts with 256 mb of ddr3 and at the store 2 seperate cards caught my eye for the price one was an evga 9400gt with 1GB of ddr2 even thought its not ddr3 its 4X the amount of memory and probably a better procrssor and the other one is a 9500GT with 512mb of ddr2 now I use the system for work and some gaming mostly stuff like Empire total war thats a strategy game and crysis what is the best one I can buy or is my current video card better than either one

A:Upgrading video card

My personal option is that your 8600 gts is just as good.....don't be fooled about the 1 gb memory.

The 8800 Gts would be an upgrade

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We just had our PC fixed by replacing the motherboard as well as its RAM with new one while retaining the still useful parts. Then I realized the video card that's been inside has been getting dated in terms of functionality for gaming. I have a Nvidia Geforce 9500GT 1024 Mb installed in this PC and I'm thinking of replacing it with a better performing video card for games. Can anyone recommend me a good alternative to this video card but is better in terms of gaming functions? How much would such a video card costs? I don't really care whether the video card is branded or generic as long as its durable. .

A:Upgrading video card

to fully answer your question we need at least two more pieces of info:
what's your approx budget?
how big is your PSU? (more powerful gfx cards need more wattage)

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So my parents went out and bought a "hp p7-1207c". And I was wondering if I could add a video card to the pc.
The Motherboard is a "AAHD3-hb".
When I was reading the the info on the motherboard it said it has 1 PCI Express x16 so my question is does the integrated graphics on the motherboard have anything to do with this slot and if it doesn't could I add a graphics card to my PC and would it be worth it.

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Hello all.

I want to upgrade my video card and I am not sure which one to get. I do not want to spend more than 200 dollars. Below are my comp specs. The games I would like to play is COD 4, Bioshock, etc. with graphics at high settings. I want a 512mb video card.

Hp pavilion a1650e
Amd 64 x2 4600+ 2.4ghz cpu
pci-e nvidia 7500le video card 256mb
2gb ram
300watt psu, which I am sure I will have to upgrade with better video card.

Also, does anyone know what chipset this comp has or where I can find out. I would also like to upgrade the cpu if possible.

A:Upgrading video card

should have read guide first

well I just read the guide to the video card upgrade. I guess I should have done that first, sorry. I wll download z-cpu and get the required info so that I can get the proper advice.

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Newcomer to the board. Not a hard core compu-dude or gamer, but know my way around hardware a little, being an engineer and all and liking to tinker with stuff. I want to upgrade the Radeon 9000 64 MB video card (won't run Far Cry) on my <ahem - it's not a custom built machine> Compaq P4 2.66 Ghz, 512 MB DDR SDRAM. Am looking at ATI 9700 Pro or 9800 Pro.. Both recommend 300W PSU. The stock one installed is 250W. What's the real risk of not upgrading the PSU? Let's face it, we design to peak loading (i.e. all devices running at the same time), but 99.9 % of the time we're not at peak. Easy enough to replace it I guess if I can find one that fits in the box on the PSU footprint. Has anyone upgraded video cards similarly and actually had a problem with the PSU? Thanks for any advice/opinions!

A:Upgrading video card - need new PSU?

Get the Radeon 9800 Pro and a new PSU

I recently built a custom PC.

The original card was a PNY GeForce FX 5200 Ultra, AGP, 128 MB.

My screen kept freezing up when I tried to play a game.

I purchased an ATI Radeon 9800 Pro as recommended by many of the gaming forums I went to.

I'm very happy with the performance.

About 15 minutes into Doom III and some heavy action, my UPS kicked-out.

It was rated at 10A / 170W. I now have a 12A / 450W UPS just for my system and the other is for phone, printer, video camera ... etc. I probably had too many items plugged into the UPS.

The ATI Radeon 9800 Pro uses power directly from the PSU. The 2 most common things I read in the gaming forums are ...

1) Good PSU +400W and 15-18A on the 12V rail
2) Good cooling especially for the +3GHz CPUs.

I have (2) 80mm intake fans and (1) 120mm exhaust fan on my system.

Good luck.

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My Comp specs in Sig

The video card I have now is pretty Bad (16mb...eww) I want to upgrade it to like a 64 or 128mb AGP card. The only games I play on PC are Diablo II LOD and StarCraft BroodWar, and I was thinking about Getting Counter Strike. Would a 64mb card work or should I bite the bullet and get a 128. Might I add im 16 and im on a budget. and wats a good place to buy a card from, TigerDirect? or how about this place > CLICK HERE

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My AMD Radeon graphics card failed (1st screen blank, 2nd screen all vertical lines) and want to upgrade to a NVIDIA 900 series graphics card.  If I'm understanding correctly, my motherboard is a legacy bios and cannot support video cards that require a UEFI bios (which would include the NVIDIA 9XX cards). Based on the info below my first question would be...can my motherboard bios be reset/upgraded to a UEFI bios? And secondly if not...what would be my best option for a NVIDIA card?  6XX series? (stream video and moderate game playing) Thanks! HP Pavilion CPE Series H8-1160TMB IPISB-CH2 (Chicago) 16MB RamAMD Radeon HD6850 GraphicsIntel Core i7-2600 [email protected] 600W Power SupplyPurchased: 26 Nov 11

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...Right now I'm trying to upgrade my old video card to a newer one, on an older system. I want to continue to use the older system.

PIII-450MHz, Intel 440BX (Tabor3) R3 mobo
nVidia RIVA TNT2 Model 64/Model 64 Pro 16MB (3.3v- 1xAGP)

I would like to upgrade to something close to:
GeForce MX 64-128MB

The problem is finding a video card with support for the 3.3v AGP..?

I've heard two conflicting suggestions on the matter; one, get the video card and try it(it will probably work but not at the newer specifications), and two, the voltages are different and won't work.

I want the newer card to have more video memory.


A:Upgrading video card...

Since the 440BX uses a 2X AGP slot, you should be able to use a AGP 2X/4x or a 8X card that supports a 2X, 3.3V slot.

A Nvidia MX card should then work.

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Hello, my first time here. I bought a new Flight Simulator for radio controlled airplaines named REAL FLIGHT BASIC. It will not run on my computer because my video card does not support 'shaders'. Not sure what shaders are. Here are the details on my computer. H.P. P-4, 2.8Hz, with HT,512 DDR SDRAM expandable to 2.0 GB, 160.0 OGB ultra DMA hard drive. It has a NVIDIA MX 440 AGP 8X video card. Audio listed as a 'Intregrated AC 97'. From this info can a upgraded video card that uses the same slots be suggested and maybe a better sound card? Also whatever is suggested installed while the computer is open.

A:Need help upgrading my video card

You can certainly upgrade the AGP video card to one that supports pixel shading.
Depending where you are, if you have access to etail, availability and power supply requirements I would suggest something along the lines of :
AMD ATI HD 4650 (128-bit, 512Mb) ($71 inc shipping)
The HD 4670 is the next step up and about as good as it gets in AGP, but at $117 represents quite a step up in pricing.
Both these cards require a PCIe 6 pin power adapter. There are adapters that can convert one or two molex 4 pin plugs to one PCIe 6 pin (these often come bundles with the card).
It is suggested that a 400 watt power supply be used, which may necessitate an upgrade.
Buying a card of a lower power consumption (if your PSU is of a lower specification and you don't want to upgrade) probably leaves the HD 3650 128-bit 512Mb card as your best alternative - bear in mind it offers lesser performance for the same price as the better cards (in this case).

Sound cards are available that use the PCI slot/s on your motherboard - Asus Xonar and Creative's many Soundblaster products being prime examples.

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Im replacing a Nvidia GT 640 with a Nvidia GTX 650 ti. I believe both cards use the same series 600 drivers. Do I need to uninstall my existing driver only to replace it with the same driver.

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What drivers are you running? The latest is 335.23, link. I'd recommend uninstalling the drivers and performing a fresh install when Windows detects the card anyway.

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Ok, so I have a 256mb Radeon 9200, and frankly, I'm not happy with compatibility with Direct X 9.0b etc and I want to upgrade it. I found on a website for a store near me an ASUS AGP RADEON 9600SE 128MB 8X DVI for $119, and I'm thinking that sounds like a good deal, especially if I can trade in my old graphics card, but I want your opinion.

Is this a better card, and will I get better performance/compatibility etc with games? I'm mainly wanting it for Far Cry, Doom3 and Rome: Total War which have all been assaulting me with video glitches and sub par performance because of the incompatiblities with Direct X 9.0b.

So yeah, opinions please.

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I'm trying to install a new PCI video card in an old Compaq presario (circa 2000) apparently it has an integrated direct AGP graphics chip installed on the motherboard. The info I got from HP is kind of weak. Normally you would enter the BIOS screen and select "disable" but the BIOS on this computer is pretty basic, theres nothing to "disable", there is a heading marked as PCI devices, but all it shows are the IDE channels. I can disable the the graphics controller through the device manager and have nothing on the screen when I restart the computer, but when I turn on the comp. with the new device installed, ....blank screen, BLACK! so I suspect there's drivers lurking somewhere that have to be deleated, or I'm not really disableing the graphics controller. I'm hoping there's someone out there who has done this on an early Compaq. (I understand the newer ones have a better BIOS set-up)

A:upgrading video card

G'day Jerome, as you have found these on board things can present problems.
In some cases there may be jumpers which require relocation to disable the onboard thing, in others plugging a component automatically allows transfer.
Some boards may not have either ability.
You will need more information, the manufacturer of your M/B will have a manual, this has probably not been supplied by Compaq and they don't seem to real good at helping with problems.
The board may be identifiable with "Everest Home", google it and download the program, it is a free assistive program for identifying components and monitoring operation.
If you cannot identify the board manufacturer, closely examine the actual board for numbers, often located in the area of the PCI sockets, google these numbers if any.
You will often find that Asis boards are identified, this allows you to find the manual for the board and learn the limits and settings etc.
It is one of those cases where you actually need to read the destructions.
You should find the video mentioned in BIOS somewhere, I haven't seen one with no mention at all. Some BIOSes can be a pain to negotiate through the different pages.
All the best, qldit.

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recently inherited an older 42in HDTV and im looking to upgrade my video card to both make my desktop run a bit smoother and to be able to output hdmi to the HDTV.

my current set up is:
-Intel Core i5-4670K Haswell Quad-Core 3.4GHz
- ASUS B85-PLUS LGA 1150 Intel B85 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
- CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9R
-and an 800w modular ATX12V / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified psu
-video radeon 4650 128bit, 512mb
I figure with black Friday and cybermonday I can find a great deal on something in the 50-65$ price range.
graphics cards are probably my least knowledgeable area when It comes to PC builds so...Any ideas welcome!

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Hello, I have had this video card inside my computer that I recently bought (I would link you, but not enough posts (, and it has just been sitting in there since I could not get it to work (black screen) and I just figure it is the video card and have given up trying to fix it. So I have come to you guys since I will soon be buying another video card and since I want to be SURE it will work on my computer, here are my computer specs (no idea what is needed so here is everything I could find):

Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
System Model: FQ545AA-ABA a6700f
BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v.6.00PG
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9150e Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs), ~1.8GHz
Memory: 3966MB RAM

I would buy my video card from newegg but I want it as soon as possible, so here is one I found from BestBuy: or

If you have any suggestions for me that would be great!

(Oh and if I am missing something from my specs, just tell me and inform me how to find out that information, thanks)

P.S. Links are up... Woo~

A:Help upgrading to a better video card

dude.. could be your power.. not enough to support.. but i dont have that info.. check it out an post back .. i kinda want to know

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I am currently running a Nvidia GeForce4 Mx 420 64MB on a Dell 4550 2.4 with 512 RAM. I want to upgrade the video card, but not break the bank. So, less than $50. I'm saving for a new PC. I'm not happy with the performance in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004, on average I get around 15 FPS.

I'm not too tech savvy so I have quite a few questions:

How important is the Clock Core speed? Is it more important to get higher memory or clock speed?

128 or 256MB, will there be a huge difference?

Any opinions on : Radeon 9200 9250 9550 9600? Should I stick with Nvidia? any suggetions on a Nvidia card?

What's the difference between AGP 2x, 4x, 8x ?

Is it worth it to pay $35 for a Radeon 9200 SE 128MB PC Video Graphics Card? or should I get something newer?

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$50 isnt much to work with. The ATI 9200 and Nvidia 5200 are crap and avoid any card with 64bit memory or SE or LE in its name. Those are the lepers of video card. Do you have an AGP slot? Some Dells dont. If you need a PCI card the FX5700 is the best , for AGP check Ebay for a Radeon 9500.

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My computer has an MSI Iona motherboard with an Intel Core 7 860 processor and 8 Mb RAM. It also has a NVidia GT230 video card which I would like to replace. Does anyone have any ideas?

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It appears that you have a PCI Expres x16 (2.0) slot, so any PCI-E graphics card will work. Check out this "best GPU for the money" article at Toms for suggestions at different price points.,3107.html

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Hi, I have a HP Pavillion desktop a705w and would like to upgrade my 64mb video card so I can upload and burn my home videos onto DVD. I have no clue what I need to buy. I believe my computer has PCI slots instead of AGP which helps narrow it down but I'm still clueless as what to get. I contacted a tech person from HP and he never would tell me what kind to get just gave me a URL link to update my codes. Which makes no sense to me either. I hope someone can help me so I can get busy saving precious home movies.

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I would probley get the geforce fx5500 or maybe if you want to go lower than that you can just get the 5200 or if you dont like nvidia you can get an ATI card. Possibly the 9250. There isnt to many selections for PCI anymore. I myself have the 5500 cause im stuck with only PCI to. So i would go with an nvidia card if it was me. I really dont like ATI to much.

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Hi I have Aspire X3900 (WIG43) with Geforce Nvidia 315. Looks like that HDMI port is not passingthrough SPDIF as I only receiving PCM2.0 on my AV receiver. It was ok and suddenldy it stops. I recovered system from August but still the same so can't be a software issue. I thinking about replacing the card with GeForce GT 710 Can someone advise if this new card will work with my Desktop? Thanks 

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I would like to get peoples input on what video card I should upgrade to.

I have a AMD XP1800 system with a Ti200 AGP 8x card now but I think its crapping out. When I play a game I keep getting an error and one of the possibilities is that something has over heated. I'm assuming its the video card since it only happens when I'm gaming.

Your opinions would be appreciated.

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I came into possession of a HP Touchsmart 300-1120. I am not using it for games just browsing and using for watching movies when traveling via Plex home theater.  I have upgraded the CPU to a Athlon X4 605e & maxed out the RAM to 8 GB. I noticed I can upgrade the video card by using the Mobile PCI Express Module slot.  While I know that the onboard Radeon HD 3200 GPU can handle HD video, it does lag considerably. even if I have the movie on the hard drive. So the question is, where can I find one of these cards. And is there a way of upgrading the PSU? Thank you

Jim HuttoI do not work for HP.I am a computer technician and a computer enthusiast with over 32 years of computer repair and networking experience

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My computer has a mxm 3.0 PCI Express (gen 2.0) slot. Would a NVidia GeForce GTX 770M graphics card work? When i look up the specs it says Bus Support: PCI Express 3.0, PCI Express 2.0. You can see the specs here:

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I'm trying to find a PCI video card for my nephews computer, not cutting technology just minimum 3d acc and support open GL. They have a Compaq 688 mghtz, now is where i got confused while shopping for a new card, does it matter what type of RAM is in the PC. I've looked at cards that had SD and DD ram will they be compatible with whatever currently is in the computer? Any help would be greatly appreciated, i need to get them off my computer

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Plz tell about ur budget? Yes It effects in the card if it has DDR ram then it is good and is effective and it is SD then it ll be old crad. Buy a 3dcard with DDr memory.

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It has been a while and I now wish to upgrade my video card.
The one that caught my eye is this: 200 Series Family
I'm wondering if this would work with my Motherboard / power supply which is:
NVIDIA nForce 680i SLI LT Motherboard
and Antec TruePower Trio 550

Will if work or should I look for a different card / Power supply?
Any suggestions or questions?

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It will work however I would think about getting a different pw supply.

That pw supply just meets the bare minimum. When you make anything work at its max rated pw, it does not last long. Just think about how long the engine in your car would last if you ran it at full throttle all of the time???

One more thought; the ati 5850 is around the same price AND supports dx11.

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Hello all,

I have a GeForce4 MMX 440... Need I say more??

I want to upgrade it, so here is all my info, please help...

I play Heroes of Might and Magic 5/Hammers of fate (and it is SLOW on my computer)

I can spend, lets say US$250.00 on a new video card max
maybe a total of 800.00 all together on computer upgrades please any advice on where to start upgrading would be great (I am assuming the video card should be the first thing to go)

Power supply info is as follows:
Brand: NMB (Probably generic)
Model No. MJPC-300A
Rating of watts and amperage
+12V ? 17A
-12V - .2A
+12Vsp ? 1.2A

+12V, +12Vsp 200 watt

Computer info from CPU-Z

Pentium 4 2.80
Core Speed 2165.0 MHz

ASUSTek Computer Inc
Model P4S533 VL

DDR 512MBytes

I am in the US, let me know any more info that you might need. Thanks in advance for the advice!

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First off change that psu =/ 200 watts very bad

second what type of slots are on your mobo?pci express?agp 8x?agp 16 x etc or just pci we need to know that so we can move ahead and help ypu

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hello, i want to play a game on my pc called overwatch. The minimum requirements for this game is an Intel(R) Graphics 4400. My computer currently has a Intel(R) Graphics card installed. Is my card upgradeable? I'm pretty sure my computer is a HP ENVY 20-d010 TouchSmart All-in-One Desktop PC because thats what it said when I asked the site to identify my product for me. When i go to computer properties it says my computer is a Intel(R) Pentium (R) CPU G870 @ 3.10 GHz 4.00 GB RAM. The Model Number is: 20-d010. The Serial Number is: [Personal Information Removed] . The Product Number is: H3Y85AA#ABA. If my video card is upgradeable, what card do you recommend? Thank you for your time.

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@Swayed?, welcome to the forum. The motherboard has "One PCI Express x16 MXM slot that supports a PCI Express x16 graphics card (Gen 2.0) *MXM 3.0 version: Type AShared memory up to 256 MBThese cards are made for the use of OEM manufacturers like HP.  Therefore, they are very difficult to find.  You can check on ebay to see if there is one for sale. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved. 

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My sons video card doesn't seem to be good enough for the latest PC games. He has a NVIDIA GEFORCE2 MX/MX400 card. He uses Windows XP. Is it easy to install a new video card??? Do you just open the computer case and put a new one in??? Can anyone advise me what is the best card to buy? Can you buy any video card e.g if I can buy one in the sales??? thanks!!

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Can anyone recommend an inexpensive videocard to replace my sadly defunct GeForce Fx 5600?
I've been trying to choose one for myself but I'm suffering spec. overload and I'm still none the wiser.

It needs to be an AGP card, Windows7 Compatible, performance at least equivalent to previous card.
Oh, and a quiet fan.

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Hi there, I would like to upgrade the video card in this HP PC but I think there is limited room.  I am thinking along the lines of a 750ti which is about as close to the physical measurements of the factory card installed.  I would of course upgrade to an appropriate PSU. ThanksBrad

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I need help in finding out what is the best PCI Video Card, I do not have any AGP slots nor do I have any PCI-E slots. I know that I'm limited based on that, I play low to medium level games, I play Mafia and CC Generals

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Well the best is a Radeon X1300, or the Geforce 6200. Both are available here:

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I dunno anything about video cards (not even sure what i have lol).

I was told to right click ond esktop and properties and go to display then to adapter? It says i have ATI RADEON XPRESS 200 series, but it says in memory that its 256 MB?!?!

Although i remember the seller telling me it was in the 50s, plus games requirin 64 mb and more run very slow.

Seller also had told me i could always add memory later in the agp slot.

My questions are:

1-How do i know if i have those slots required to add?

2- If i do have them, what should i add and get? i dont want the pricy top stuff, but something that all games will play on?

If i dont have those slots, what can i do or get?

Thanks a lot.

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The Radeon 200 is onboard and uses system memory. You probably have a PCIe 16x slot (not AGP) for a real video card! Just about any PCIe card would be a upgrade. More info on the motherboard and PSU would be usefull.

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I'm looking for a video card to upgrade too on my hp m8125x media center pc. The video card it came with was a Nvidia 7350LE. I'm looking for a fast/good video card for playing games at 1440 x 900. My PC has only 1 case fan (exhaust) and does not have any intake fans, so my case doesn't have good enough airflow to handle cards that give out a lot of heat (like the 8800 gt, which caused my CPU temperatures to rise alot). I have already upgraded the stock power supply to a 500 Watt Enermax Liberty. So what good video card would you recommend for me that won't increase my case/CPU temperatures?

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What's your budget like? The 9600GT is a nice card that can be had in a dual-slot "flavor" for around $100. Just make sure it'll fit in your case. Here is a link to one.

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Hey there. I'm currently running a terrible prebuilt computer I got last year or so from HP (will not be buying anything from them again), and within a year, it began to give me trouble. A friend of mine is quite adept with computers and fixed it for me, and told me my graphics card burnt out. I play games heavily, and wasn't expecting something I bought for the price that I did to fall apart in a year.

Anyway, I'm currently running a NVidia 6600 something or other, and I play World of Warcraft regularly. I have had to downgrade from a 9400 or a 9800 Nvidia, and the 6600 is just too outdated to run Warcraft at the proper resolution. It's a slow and (now it's starting to burn out as well, because it's obviously not a gaming card) getting older, and I'd like to replace it with something decent until I can afford an actual gaming computer.

Anyway, I have an apparently weak PSU at 300w... and I think it has two rails. It says power cannot exeed 268w and then again at 175w right under it. My card is like I said; a NVidia 6600, and I was looking at the GT 220, but it had some very poor reviews for games apparently. I can never tell. Some gaming freaks call anything that isn't brand new and 600$ crap, while they're running $4,000 monsters. I don't have that kind of cash.

I'm looking to spend 150$ max. A little more is Okay if I'm screwed, but I'd like to keep it as cheap as possible.

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Right now I'm looking at the review for the MSI GeForce GT 240 review which looks promising. Very low power even at peak load.

Just something to comment on.

Looks great with temperatures too. 47C under peak load.

I'm wondering if my little 300w will do it for this? The guy reccomends 400 in TOP END computers. Mine is far from that, but I game a lot, and would be using peak quite frequently.

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Ok, I decided to upgrade my Dell Dimension 4600's Video Card.
Here is my specs:

Dell Dimension 4600

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600)

Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.4 GHz

Direct X Version: 9.0c

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 [128 MB] (Integrated RAMDAC)

Plug and Play Monitor: 1024x768 (32 bit) (60Hz)

SoundMAX Digital Audio

Modem #0 Line Playback (emulated)
So, I need to know what's the best video card I can get with and without upgrading my Power Supply as well.
And, could someone kindly tell me what the best overall power supply for a Dimension 4600 is and how much it costs?

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Im looking into a new video card (agp). Im using integrated right now, and i want this comp to be able to run some games (f.e.a.r). I exceed the requirements for games like that in order to be able to play the well enough, except for video. I want something in between 256 and 512mb but my board says "400mhz" i dont know if that means much, but w/e. Im also using an old analog monitor (circa 2001). If you know of any good video cards let me know... I was looking into an sapphire-Radeon-X1650-Pro-x1300-xt-agp, but i dunno. Your thoughts advice, and hardware suggestions please.

Compaq Evo D510 CMT
Board: Compaq 07E8h
1.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV
SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio

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7800 GS AGP is good

But you also need to upgrade 1 more gig.

Just to remind you, if you really want to play newer games or future games on high settings, you'll need a dual core cpu, at least 2 GB of ram, and NVIDIA 7900 or 8800, or ATI 2600 or 2900.

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I have a problem starting up a game...and it always results in a Blue Screen Of Death....i have been told to upgrade my video card from the manufacturers Video Card is Mobile Intel 965 Epress Chipset Family..but i cant find out how to upgrade it .....could someone help me ....mabey by telling me how....or posting a link to the website which will let me do it?

I need to upgrade my Video card becuase this game wont play....and is always resulting in a Blue Screen Of Death....My Video Card is Moblie Intel 965 Express Chipset Family....but i dont know how to upgrade Mabey post a link to a web which will allow me to upgrade it?

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I currently have a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 MB and have an ati radeon HD 4000 video card. What would be a better one to run?

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upgrading to win 10

I currently have a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 MBClick to expand...

Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 motherboard

It has a PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot for adding a graphics card.

It has driver support for Windows XP and Vista and 7, but not for Windows 8/8.1 and 10.

and have an ati radeon HD 4000 video card. What would be a better one to run?Click to expand...

A lot depends on how you plan to use that computer and what power supply it has.


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Hello. My brother needs a certain video card for his new computer.

Here is what he needs:

# Video/Graphics Card**:

* nVidia GeForce 2, GeForce 4mx, or better
* OR ATI Radeon 8500, 9250, or better

I have no idea what to get that will work with the computer. This is the video card he has now: He is running on a Windows PC Desktop with Service pack 2.

RADEON 7500 Series AGP (0x5157)
Memory size: 64 MB

I can provide more info If needed.

A:Upgrading my video card!

This is a good card that'll do quite well for your brother's PC. Be warned that it needs a 450W power supply with a good number of amps on the +12V rail. If you can't\won't get a new PSU (Power Supply Unit), then get an FX5200 from instead.

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ok im new to all of this so sorry if i do not use correct terms and seem silly.

i have Intel 82810e.. and i want to purchase this game for my computer.. but it doesnt support my.. version im guessing? i need a 845,865, or 915.. how would i go about getting that? would i have to get a new video card and have it installed or can i just get upgrades from the intel website? and what the heck is a 2.0 ghz processor.. pleaaase help. thank you.

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I went with the intragrated video card but looking to upgrade.    I have Acer Aspire 3900m-e4002 Looking for something decent and not really exspensive and that is compatiable 

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Ok, after about 5 years I have finally decided to upgrade my Video Card.
But I need your help.
I have a deal on an NVidia GeForce 6800 512MB Video card for $40
I currently have an ATI Radeon 9550/X1050 Series 256MB Video Card (AGP).
My Motherboard is an DFI Lanparty Pro 875 Revision B.
And my Powersource is on a bootleg 300W's as my other 2 (400W and 450W) both burned out.

And is a PCI-E Graphics Card a compatible replacement for an AGP Video Card?
Thank you in advance!

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I currently have a radeon x1600 pro (512mb edition)
My mother board is crossfire ready so I could purchase another x1600pro for around $120.
Would it be worth it to go with a crossfire setup or just buy a new top of the line video card for $300?

I ask because I am getting 15-20 fps playing age of conan. How much of a performance increase would I see with Crossfire?

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x1600 as I remember requires a master card which usually cost a few bucks more.

I think you would be better off either with crossfire and a x1900 or getting a new HD3750.

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Can I upgrade my video card from a 6500 series to a R7-200 ?

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Yes.That is only if you purchase a model that has legacy BIOS compatibility.  Sapphiretech makes cards that have legacy BIOS compatibility and some that actually have a physical switch on the card to allow switching between UEFI and legacy BIOS compatibility. See the following catalog from Sapphiretech.   Radeon HD r7 200 series video cards require a single six-pin PCIe power connector. Your desktop was not delievered with a PSU that supplies that. You will also need to upgrade the PSU.

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Does anyone have any advice regarding upgrading a video card? The card being replaced on my husband's comp is an nVidia riva tnt2 m64. I want to spend under $75, and still have a card compatible with some of the games I am playing (ie. World of Warcraft).

These are some I was looking at:

nForce Integrated Graphics
GeForce 2 (GTS / Ultra / Ti / Pro / MX) Series
GeForce 3 (Ti) Series
GeForce 4 MX Series
GeForce 4 Ti Series
GeForce FX Series
GeForce PCX Series
GeForce 6 Series

There seem to be a lot of different cards and I'm not clear on what the differences are.

I've never gotten anything but great advice on this forum, so thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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Here is one that meets your specs. Link

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I am not a computer tech or anything of that sort, so please bare with me.

I have a Sony VIAO (VGN-FZ140E). I just recently upgraded from Vista Home Premium to a 7 x64. I am fully aware that MANY other people have been having the same problems (plus camera and touchpad issues). I scoured over the forum/internet, found drivers, but am still having issues.

I tried installing the Vista Memory Card Driver - to no avail (I had heard some drivers were still compatible, so I gave it a try).

I found a driver that was named "Memory Card Reader Writer Driver (TI) 2.0R -" installed it but that didn't make it work. I even tried rebooting my computer (and also reinstalling the driver). I've read that other people have installed this and it has worked. Am I just doing something wrong? Am I missing a step?

When that didn't work, I found a link on this forum that lead me to another zip file, containing all of the laptop's drivers: When I opened that file, there was no "setup" or "install" application under the folder listed as "Memory Card Reader". I looked in other folders and there were "setup/install" apps.... so I'm confused as to why this folder did not have it.

I am running out of options (and patience for that matter). ANY input will be greatly appreciated!!!

A:PLEASE HELP!! Memory Card Reader issues after upgrading to Windows 7.

I FIXED IT!!....... for now.

So I went into Device Manager and found the portable devices. I uninstalled the devices (E. Then I reinstalled the driver I had previously downloaded. "Memory Card Reader Writer Driver (TI) 2.0R -"

Hope this helps someone else in the future!!

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Hello,   I have two questions that perhaps somebody might help me with regarding the HP Compaq 7600 Ultra Slim (Base) computer. Quesition 1: The motherboard has three memory slots instead of 4, does this mean that the memory can be only upgraded to 3 gig s? I currentlly have three 512  memory chips for total of 1.5 Gig, but I would like to upgrade to the maximun which I believe is 4 gig. (I had tried using two 1 gig  chips and 512, but they did not work because the 1 gig were 6400's.) Question 2: I tried various ways to install a PCI-E video card but I do see how it will fit. The back panel had a scsi interface inside a PCI riser card. I removed the SCSI card, but no matter how I tried I do not see how the card will fit. Doesn't any body have picture as to how it must be inserted ? Thank you

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I installed the Nvidia 9500GT got the Blue screen of death after many headaches I took it back and got the Nvidia GT520 still got BSOD I have done a complete hardware diagnostic test on every piece of hardware on the computer and everything checks out good. I have the latest Video card and mother board drivers installed and keep getting the blue screen of death on random things mostly DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR EQUAL
a theory I have is maybe the Video card memory speed is conflicting with the Video card memory runs faster then the System memory and I've read that Vista has problems with ram that runs at different speeds. could that be the issue?
Just a quick update I just uninstalled the Nvidia HD Audio Driver I have a feeling it was conflicting with the Realtek High Definition Audio Driver...
We will see...
Any help or info from you guys will be helpful, thanks

Here are my system specs:
System Information
Saturday, June 04, 2011 9:13:24 PM
Model Information
Model Name m8300f
Product Number GX611AA-ABA
Software Build 81NAv3PrA1
Serial Number XXXXXXXXXX
System Information
Manufacturer HP-Pavilion
Total Number of Logical CPUs 2
Total Physical Memory 3.00 GB
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A:Video card memory vs system memory conflict?

Just tried this: this will fix the BSOD issue,I'm sick of getting the BSOD on my system when nothing is wrong with the hardware. I work to hard to keep it running like new, don't want something simple to take it down. but this has been going on for weeks hopefully this will fix.I'll know in the morning.This is also interesting:

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I have a Dell Latitude Cpx. I want to put a 3d graphics card in it. Will a normal desktop video card fit in my notebook? Like a GeForce 4 or a Radeon 7000?

A:is a desktop video card compable with a notebook?

No, notebook's and laptops video cards are integrated, your pretty much stuck with what you have, they can't be upgraded as far as I know.

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Greetings Techspotters,

When you try to find a driver file for a video card on a laptop/notebook computer at, you are greeted with this message -

"You MUST use the drivers supplied with your laptop or notebook computer, or obtain a driver update from the manufacturer of your laptop or notebook computer."

Does anyone know why ATI doesn't provide the drivers from its site?


A:Laptop/notebook video-card drivers

Perhaps it is because of the tight intergration into the rest of the laptop chipset, (for example some chips share memory), and so ATi are unable to make a driver that would be compatible with all laptops.

What laptop do you have ?

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This is probably a stupid question, but if video cards are used to convert digital to analog, but LCD is digital, why do the notebook computers need a video card.

A:Why does a notebook computer require a video card

Because without the video card notebook or desktop for that matter will not be able to display .
Basically the OS need a video card so it will "paint" the screen with the icons, programs etc...etc.. regardless of the analog or digital output.
For more info about a video card ( how it works ) check out

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Just recently i tried upgrading both my memory and adding a video card. I followed all instructions to a T, and everything worked great for about 6 hours. Then out of nowhere my computer shuts down. I, then, try and start it up. Up pops a screen that tells me to strike f1 to try reboot, or strike f2 for system configuration. I push f1 only to get the same message. This is the only message i have seen now for the past two days.I am hoping this post will either give me a diagnoses or a solution to my problem. Any and all help is much appreciated. Thank you.


A:Problems after upgrading both my ram and video card.

Try reinstalling the old memory and see if your system stabilizes... What make is the new memory and what is the new video card?

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So my 8800 GT just totally destroyed itself and doesn't work anymore. So i'm in the market for a new, better video card. Im looking for something better, smoother on games and such, but not budget breaking. hopefully something under 150.But i want it to be able to run the newerish games fairly smoothly. my computer specs are:

Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit : operating system

SilentXStream OCZ600SXS 600W : power supply

GA-EP45-DS3L Gigabyte S-Series : MotherBoard

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.40Ghz, 8MB L2 cache total, 1066 MHz FSB :CPU

Because my 8800 GT isn't working, i have an old Geforce 6600 GT in at the moment.

and 4 gigs of ram.

I think i included everything important, anything else you need to know, please ask!

Any and all suggestions would be welcomed and much appreciated!!

A:Upgrading Video card - Need help deciding please :)

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hey guys an gals

i have the Sony Vaio VGN-NS laptop and would like to upgrade my graphics card as i play game's around the house etc and hauling a desktop around aint good at my age LMAO
i have Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family video card (out box STOCK STANDARD) and i can appreciate theres not much space inside this so was wondering if any u folks have any suggestions or ideas for me for an upgrade if possible .... or,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

tell me it's not worth the hasstle and stick to sitting infront eh the desktop or put it on wheels with a gennerator attatched lol

thanks in advance

A:upgrading laptop Video card

Upgrading a laptop other than disk and RAM is not easy. I would probably buy another laptop suitable for the task.

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Hi all,
I have an HP Pavillion 9700 that came with a nVidia 8600 gs, 3gb RAM, a 2.4ghz core 2 duo, so i think the graphics card is the weak link in set up (not that it's that great overall). Are there any options for upgrading a mobile graphics card?

A:Upgrading video card in HP laptop?

Pompeius, for a laptop that is quite a powerful system, I do not think there is any need for better graphics, you should be able to play newest games like crysis, COD4, ... Especially like the 3 gigs of ram Why do you want to upgrade anyway? Not happy with the system? It's pretty good tho... (better then my desktop...)


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Hi.. I want to upgrade my video card from nvidia geforce g210 to any other card that fit my system price ranging from 100usd to 200usd...As u can see my specs below,i only need to run 1 display monitor w/ recommended specs of 1600x900.Want to play latest games in mid settings but w/ better fps,as my vcard using now has only 20fps playing w/ nba2k10 and i need at least 35 fps..

Now my worry is this:
1-If this Vcard fit in the back case ports(single port of DVI)?If cant,is this thing can be adjusted as i have only 1 PCI-e 2.0 x16 slot?
2-The physical size of power supply,I have only 300w stock..If I change it to 500w,can it still be fitted on the stock psu case?
3 -The size of Vcard,my stock only measure 2.37 in height and 6.6 in leight..
Im thinking of this geforce gt240 and the 5770..but my question is if this thing fit on my pc? if not then please,suggest as im not an experience user in terms of urgrading,in fact this is the first time i upgrade a pc..thanks

A:problems upgrading my video card

Sounds like you are better off getting a new computer...


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I'm upgrading my video card to PCI-e x16 with a new motherboard ( GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ), and was wondering what would be a good video card to upgrade to that would run games like WoW and LOTRO with decent framerate. my budget is about $120-140 on the video card.

My specs are:
Rosewill 450W PSU (which i may need to upgrade if the video card takes up a lot of power... please tell me if the card you suggest requires a PSU upgrade)
Pentium D 820 (which runs hot, so i either need a graphics card with good cooling or better than stock cooling )


I just found a deal on an eVGA Geforce 8600 GT w/ a 500W PSU for real cheap, is that a good video card... i can also get the combo deal with a 9400 GT as well as a 9500 GT

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I'm not a huge gamer and there is only one game that I want to be able to run on my desktop (Microsoft Flight Simulator X). I love aviation and this is really the only game that I want to run on my desktop.

Here is my system:
1. Dell Dimension 1100 Series, Intel Cleron D Processor 325 (2.53GHz) and 256 cache
2. 512MB DDR SDRAM at 400MHz
3. Integrated Intel 3D AGP Graphics
4. 160GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive (7200RPM)

What do I need in order to have an enjoyable gaming experience with Microsoft Flight Simulator X?

I want the game to run smoothly on my desktop with graphics that aren't distorted.

Please inform me as to what I need for upgrades (Type of upgrade exact make and model, where I can purchase, and the price that I should pay)

I don't want to spend a lot of money, enough to help me run this game and have an enjoyable time playing it without any hick-ups.

A:Upgrading Video Card for my Desktop

You will want a new graphics card but im fairly sure your pc only has pci slots!!!!

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I'm planning on getting a new video card, but I'm not sure exactly what will work on my PC, so I have a couple questions. My current card is an ATI 9800 PRO. When I last attempted to install a Nvidia card (I'm not sure of the model) it didn't exactly fit in the case because my hard drive was in the way. Is a newer card typically going to be bigger than what I've got?

Also, is there any way to know for sure if my power supply can handle the new card before I buy it? Finally, does anyone have any good model recommendations? I'm looking to spend about $100-175.

A:Upgrading video card, need advice

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Hello, I am new here. But I noticed the amount of help you guys give to others in need. So I am here with questions on what video card I should get. I am looking for a better video card that can actually play some decent games, such as Orange Box or Counter Strike Source.

Dell Inspiron 531, Model 0RY206
AMD Athlon 64 x2 Dual Core Processor 3800+ (2.0GHz)
NVidia GeForce 6150SE nForce430 281 MB video card
1680x1050 display (32 bit) (60Hz)
2009.4 MHz

My budget is under 100 dollars. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I would like to at least play something good on this computer.

I was looking at these, but I am not sure if they're compatible with my computer.

eVGA e-GeForce 6200 256MB DDR PCI Graphics Card-256-P1-N399-LX

MSI NX8500GT-TD256E GeForce 8500 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card

A:Upgrading Video Card, need advice

Anything above and including a 6600/6800GT should run Orange Box just fine. I'm guessing you have at least one available PCI express x16 slot available on your motherboard. If so, I would highly recommend a XFX 8600GT which can be purchased for well under $100. If you want to spend a little more, you could go with a 8800GT. Both cards will give you great performance in Source powered games and future releases. You could also go with a 9 series card, a 9600GT runs from `$120-150.



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Please help. I have just purchased a HP Pavilion p62480ea desktop PC. This all worked fine out of the box.
I also purchased a Geforece GTX 650 Ti graphics card - when I put this in I'm getting no signal on my monitor - using HDMi and DVI cables. (I also installed a new 430w power supply)

When I take the graphics card out and go back to the GPU on the motherboard everything works fine.

I've read that going into the BIOS and turning off delete/uninstall the video driver in device manager>>>turn off computer>>>install the graphics card - has worked for others.
I've tried going into the BIOS but I'm getting no signal when I restart this way.

If anyone could help it would be greatly appreciated.

A:No display after upgrading video card

Did you connect the six pin PCI-E power connector from the power supply to the graphics card?

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Hey, I'm about to buy a new video card, motherboard, and power supply. I know this video card itself is good for what I want, but I'm unsure of the motherboard or power supply. Any feedback/suggestions (especially about the motherboard) would be helpful.

Video Card: - SAPPHIRE 100312-3SR Radeon HD 6950 Dirt3 Edition 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
Motherboard: - MSI A75A-G35 FM1 AMD A75 &#40;Hudson D3&#41; HDMI SATA 6Gb&#47;s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
PSU: - CORSAIR CMPSU-750TX 750W ATX12V v2.2 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply

A:Upgrading my video card, could use feedback

All three will be fine together. Big question is what CPU are you planning on using?

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Is it possible? I've done upgrades on desktop PCs and even built one from parts, but I've never taken apart a laptop and I'm not even sure if I could possibly upgrade the video card.

Anybody have any suggestions?

A:Upgrading laptop video card..

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I purchased a refurbished pc over a year ago that has so far worked out great. It gets alot of heavy video game usage, so I want to upgrade the video card to a GeForce. However, I don't know if it will be possible with my current hardware. Is this at all feasible? I don't know much about hardware, so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I've included the system and display information from the DxDiag report below.

System Information
Time of this report: 6/16/2011, 09:40:34
Machine name: KELLY-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.110408-1633)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: HP-Pavilion
System Model: NY639AAR-ABA p6213w
BIOS: BIOS Date: 09/10/09 10:25:18 Ver: 5.43
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
Memory: 6144MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 6134MB RAM
Page File: 2396MB used, 9869MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 32bit Unicode
DxDiag Notes
Display Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
Input Tab: No problems found.
DirectX Debug Levels
Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
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A:Upgrading video card in refurbished pc

Here is the support site for the HP Pavilion p6213w desktop - which you should add and save in your browser favorites/bookmarks list so you can readily refer to it whenever needed.

According to its product specifications section, the motherboard has a PCI Express x16 slot for adding a video card.

The power supply is listed as a 250 watt model, so that's going to be your bottleneck and limiting factor as to how powerful a video card you can add.

If you stick with a GeForce model with a heatsink instead of a cooling fan and with no more than 512 MB of video memory, you may be okay.

I installed a GeForce 512 MB video card in my desktop a few months ago, and it's working fine with the original 250 watt power supply, however I haven't subjected it to gaming or any other kind of graphic load.


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Hi Techspot community

I have never bought a video card before but I have been reading any and everything about them. So here are my questions with what I couldn't figure out..

My Computer is: Compaq Presario, Model: SR5710F
built-in graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6150SE nForce 430
OS: Windows Vista

PCI-Express: x1
PCI-Express: x16
Power Supply Unit: 250W Max

what is a good video card to get for my computer?

Are these video cards any good, too much watts? upgrade PSU?

Sparkle GeForce 9400 GT Video Card - 1GB DDR2, DVI, VGA, PCI-Express 2.0
Sparkle GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 512MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0

Heatsink or Fan for cooling?

Do I have PCI-E 1.0 or PCI-E 2.0?
all it says inside is PCI Express

Thats all for now I want to upgrade for gaming performance.
Suggested games I would like to run fairly decent or better are
America's Army 3 / World of Warcraft / Combat Arms / CoD's

Thank you. =)

A:Concerns on upgrading Video Card

I forgot to ask one other question about power supply.

Say my Power supply is.. and is 250W Max, a video card that says 250W pcu will or will not work?

or does the card just recommend a 250w power supply unit.

So how much watts does a video card really use.. 45-75watts?

what are rails? and how important is amp?
Its sloppy sorry, more than one question just want to make sure not to Blow up my computer or something for too much or lack of power if it happens?

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Up until recently I've been using a very battered old PC, riddled with problems, but with 2GB of RAM and an Nvidia 6800 card. This xmas, I got a computer from a relative and I was glad to make the switch. It has an integrated graphics card, some PCI slots and one AGP; I don't know what type. The motherboard didn't have a slot for my old video card and I didn't mind until now.

I'm looking to start playing Heroes of Newerth closed beta. Recommended specs:
- Processor - 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo / AMD 3500+ or faster
- RAM - 1.5GB or higher
- Video Card - 256MB Geforce 7800+ or Radeon X1900+

Unfortunately I don't know anything about hardware. Needless to say, I'd be very grateful if I could get some help on these forums. I looked over the Guide to Video Card Upgrades thread... don't have much time and feel that I am way over my head here, so here are some shots of my specs. I hope you guys don't mind.

The AGP slot. Going by Wikipedia, I think it's AGP 1.5V.


CPU specs

Mainboard specs

Just finding out what kind of slot I have on this PC would be enough for me, but if you guys could recommend a video card as well, that would be awesome. I live in Canada and my budget is around ... Read more

A:Clueless + Upgrading Video Card

For under 100$ and AGP an AMD HD4650 should the best buy but i'd go for the 4670 which is currently the best you can buy on AGP (should be under 110$). 1069609639&ActiveSearchResult=True
i'm concerned that the PSU might not handle it.
Do you have the old PSU from your other computer? A 450W (AMD recomends a minimum of 400w) one should be enough to power them (although a 500W one is more future proof). You have a lot to chose from for you budget.
PS: it might be a bit more expensive but i recommend going for a 80+ efficiency PSU.
PS2: the CPU isn't really gaming material so on some games you'll have to lower details to be able to play, but what i don't understand is why you have a mobile CPU in a desktop PC.
edit: an AMD Athlon 64 (not the X2 version) CPU for Socket:754 should be very cheap to buy (under 50$), so when you have the money try upgrading. It will be worth it, trust me.

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So i just got my new Inspiron 537. Specs:

- Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8300 @ 2.50GHz, 2499 Mhz

- 3GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz

- Integrated Intel(R) G41 Express Chipset

- not sure of the PSU. I know its 300w.

I have the standard case size. Not the MT or the S.

Its a good computer but i did not order an extra video card with the unit because I was just going to install one I had previously or just buy a whole new one because the only upgrade option Dell gave me was an ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB. I also have a Nvidia 6800 GTS kicking around but am unsure if this card is better or worse than the Intel integrated chip set that I have. I know the card is roughly 2 years old, i am just not sure how up to date this Intel stuff is.

I do eventually want to upgrade the graphics card (when diablo 3 comes out, hehe) but i also see that there may be another issue. The provided PSU does not look like is has any extra power cables to even make an upgrade possible and all the existing ones that are connected to everything else are sATA like connectors and I know most video cards use the standard 6 or 8 pin variety (like my 6800 GTS).

Now has anyone else run into this issue at all or am I just not noticing something?
What would I have do to be able to upgrade my video card?
Is it possible to upgrade with the current PSU?
If I could upgrade what would be a decent mid-range card?

Thanks to anyone that replies!

A:Upgrading the video card on my new Inspiron 537


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I recently decided that i was going to update the motherboard and video card in my computer. I'm not quite sure what's a good deal and what's not, but im looking at a few things...

I found
its an asus motherboard P5QC intel P45 board for $135. I want a motherboard with PCI-e 2.0 x16, and a 775 socket supporting the quad-cores (because i plan to use my pentium D 820 in it and also want the option of upgrading to a quad-core). I also found
a GIGABYTE GA-EP45-DS3R Intel P45. What makes the big price difference in their prices? Is it just the DDR3. Other motherboards under $160 are welcome for suggestion.

And for a video card, i found A Geforce 9500 GT for $60, as well as a, an Evega Geforce 8600 GT 500W psu combo at for $40.... which brings me to my final question.

If i upgrade to these parts is a 450W rosewill PSU going to be enough power for it all? (running a pentium D 820). Also, any other video card suggestions are welcome... i need the card to run WoW nicely so i can play AT LEAST 30-40 fps... because my old Dell is running on AGP 4x and runs it at around 30.


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