Graphics card for old machine

  Tony275 11:28 15 Jan 2006

I bought my daughter (10) a computer from a car boot sale, just an old one so she can learn the basics,It's a intel celeron -A 500mhz and it has 512mb of memory.

The problem is it as 1mb shared graphics and she has bought herself a game and it wont run. I took a look, And it as no agp slots but 2 pci slots.

Could someone point me in the right direction as to where and which graphics cards would run on this machine.

Many Thanks Tony

  Gongoozler 11:33 15 Jan 2006

Hi Tony. Have a lok inside the computer and see if it has an AGP socket. This will be a brown socket alongside the white PCI slots. It almost certainly has, but you need to be sure.

  Gongoozler 11:39 15 Jan 2006

Oops. Sorry. I just read ALL your post :-))

  Gongoozler 11:41 15 Jan 2006

Have a look at this one click here

  Gongoozler 11:43 15 Jan 2006

... but it is worth looking on Ebay for a better price click here

  hzhzhz 11:45 15 Jan 2006

Which game will she be playing?.

  Cybermaxx 11:47 15 Jan 2006

Tony. There is a PCI version of the nVidia 6200 128MB out there somewhere. Even if it uses a 64 bit memory interface (haven't been able to discover if it does or not), it's got to be better than those MX4000/5200/9200 jobbies. This 6200 may well be the ultimate PCI video card!

  Tony275 11:58 15 Jan 2006

Wow I only went for a bath and so many responces
It says on the game it needs a 16mb graphics card to work.

But since i'm not a gamer I have no idea which are the good and bad. I was just hoping someone could give me a couple of idea's as to which card would be ok, So I can try and google or look on ebay for a good price on it.


  Gongoozler 12:27 15 Jan 2006

Hi Tony. The MX4000 I gave the link for should be OK, it has 64M memory. Ebuyer, a web based computer components store, will charge about £31 plus about £5 postage. You should be able to get it via Ebay for under £20 including postage. As Cybermaxx says, you can get better cards which will give faster frame rates - but at a price, which may not fit in with your wanting a low cost computer for your daughter to learn basics. You might find that in BIOS you can allocate more memory for the graphics, but this will deprive the operating system of that amount of memory.

  Tony275 12:41 15 Jan 2006

Many Thanks to All

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