Hey, i'll cut to the point. I have a dimesion 3100 which after i quick google i've discovered has a bad graphics card(I think). My son wishes to buy 'Company of Heroes' and i have a horrible feeling our humble Pc won't be able to run it as it requires a decent graphics card. Could somebody please clarify this for me? Thankyou.
You can print out your PC specs and compare to what is recommended on the back of the game covers.
I don't know what is currently in your PC but a 256 graphics card can be had quite cheap now (sub £50) and this will run all the latest games albeit at the lower resolutions. I have an older 256 card with an athlon XP2600 and have no trouble on games like farcry and battlefield 2142 etc.
I suspect you may need to boost memory too?
Use the scanner at the crucial website to see what it says about your system.
'Not only is there no graphics card, but there’s no motherboard connector for a graphics card. The proprietary Dell motherboard has only two PCI slots and a 1x PCI-Express slot. A modem sits in one of the former. The major design flaw is that the integrated graphics connector is VGA, so it can’t make use of the LCD’s DVI connector.'
I cannot find any information on the dell as it has now been discontinued(I think i see why). Sorry, but as you've probably guessed i have very little Pc knowledge.
The PCI-E slot is for the graffix card,and would more than likly have a dvi connector on the card. The fact it has only 2 PCI slots is a bit annoying but if you dont plan on adding any new items then 2 may well be enough.