graphics card help

  mobyjazz 18:41 18 Jun 2007

this is the specs of my pc and would like help in choosing the right gaming card. nothing to fancy.
as i have not played pc games and thought i would give it a try. been all over internet but there are that many i am in information overload!!!!
GA-8SIMLH-P-C (Rev 4.0)
Supports Pentium® 4 Processor with HT Technology
Enhance system performance with DDR 333 memory
Integrated Real 256bit Graphics engine
Integrated high quality AC'97 audio
Provides 6 USB 2.0 ports for high-speed connectivity

Processor Socket 478 for Intel® Pentium® 4 processor

Chipset North bridge: SiS651 IGUI Host Memory Controller
South bridge: SiS962L MuTIOL® Media I/O
Realtek ALC 655 Codec chip

Front Side Bus 533/400 MHz

Memory Type: DDR333/DDR266/DDR200
Max capacity: 2GB
DIMM slots : 2

Internal I/O Connectors 2 x UDMA ATA 133/100/66 Bus Master IDE ports
S/P DIF in/out connector (by optional cable)
2 x USB2.0 connectors (4 ports by cable)
1 x FDD port

Expansion Slots 1 x AGP 4X slot
3 x PCI slots (PCI 2.2 compliant)

Rear Panel I/O 1 x VGA port
2 x USB 2.0 ports
1 x LPT port
3 x Audio ports (Line-in/Line-out/MIC)
1 x COM port
1 x Game/Midi port
2 x PS/2 ports (Keyboard/Mouse)

Form Factor Micro ATX
24.4 x 21.5 cm

  keef66 13:23 19 Jun 2007

I see you have a Gigabyte m-atx motherboard with an AGP 4x slot.

Other info about the rest of the pc would be useful.

Make and model number?

Size of the power supply?

Do you know what processor you have and how much memory (ram) installed?

What games do you want to play?

How much (or how little) were you hoping to spend?

  malgall 15:09 19 Jun 2007

if i was you a cheap agp card £50 to £60
you will need to check if your agp 4x
is ok with agp 8x cards

  mobyjazz 15:26 19 Jun 2007

everything i know is listed
how do i find out the power supply?
i have just updated the ram to 1gb
it has a intel celeron r pentium 4 260ghz

  robbiepaul79 15:44 19 Jun 2007

I think Celeron processor's will struggle to play games no mater the graphics card.

  keef66 16:12 19 Jun 2007

I'd second that; the Celeron 2.6ghz will be a bit of a bottleneck if you were wanting to play todays games. You should be OK with older titles though. Look at the system requirements for any games you have in mind.

To see what power supply you have you really need to take the side off your case (usually the left hand side panel when looking from the front) and look for a sticker on the psu itself.

The rating of the psu will determine how good a graphics card you can fit.
If you have a standard 250W psu I would suggest looking for an AGP Geforce 6200 based card, which you should be able to get for under £40 ish.

If money is no object you could go for a branded 500W psu, a 7600 based graphics card, and perhaps a faster processor.

  keef66 16:16 19 Jun 2007

Forget the faster processor, the mobo will only take up to a P4 3.06 so it wouldn't give you a worthwhile gain

  mobyjazz 16:20 19 Jun 2007

thanks for all the info
looks like i will have to save and get a gaming pc

what about a suggestion for one

on a budget of course

what about updating my motherboard?
or is there no point

  keef66 16:57 19 Jun 2007

I think if you're serious about a gaming pc then a new base unit is the way to go. there was another thread on the very subject earlier today, but in Consumerwatch I think. I'll have a look for the link

  keef66 16:57 19 Jun 2007

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