compatible graphics card

  msghomemaintenan 13:09 01 Dec 2009
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Hi
Im after upgrading my graphics card so i can play the latest games but i dont know which cards will go in my computer. I want minimum of 256mb or 512mb depending on price. A friend told me any pcie card will fit but i wanted a bit of advice before i spent money on one

my computer is dell precision 370
Specification
Processor
Intel P4 520 CPU 3.00GHz 1MB L2 cache Processor.
800MHz FSB.
HT Technology.

Memory
2GB DDR2 ECC memory.

Hard Drive
160GB SATA

Audio
Integrated Soundmax Audio

Video Controller.
ATI FireGL V3100 PCIe16 128Mb Graphics.
Dual display support via DVI and VGA outputs

Firewire
PCI IEEE-1394 controller – two outputs.

Software
XP Professional installed with all updates.

  Forum Editor 18:50 01 Dec 2009

from Absolute beginners.

  polish 22:29 01 Dec 2009

sorry iam not up to date with cards but you will need to also check your power supply at least 500w

  mrwoowoo 00:14 02 Dec 2009

If it's a single core P4 CPU and not a Pentium D or Pentium Extreme Edition dual-core CPU as i'm fairly sure yours is, then there's no point.
Nearly all modern games now require a dual core CPU as a minimum requirement to run. So no matter how good your graphics card is, it still won't play the newer games.
Time for a new PC or at least a major upgrade i'm afraid.

  Hercule Marple 10:48 05 Dec 2009

That Pentium 4 is weak by today's standards, but you could provide your PC with the capability to play many more games by swapping out the graphics card. It's never going to be good enough for the very latest titles, though, because the CPU will limit performance.

If you're still interested, a £50 card, such as a Radeon 4670, would be your best bet imo. No point spending any more.

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