Think I need a new graphics card

  Plastic Dracula 20:02 12 Jul 2006
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Ive bought a couple of games recently, only cheap games, but I still want to play them.
When they load in the graphics are all over the place, Mafia has only grey textures and Lock On Air Combat Simulator has similar issues but most things are black.
Ive been advised that it may be because my PC has a integrated graphics processor (Intel(R) 82915G/GV/910GL) rather than a dedicated graphics card. Is this likely to be true?
Other games (Pro Evolution 5, GTAIII, GTA Vice City, IL2 Sturmovik etc) all work ok.
I dont want to spend a fortune (about £70 if I can).
What would you good people recommend?

  Belatucadrus 20:09 12 Jul 2006

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  Totally-braindead 21:48 12 Jul 2006

You ask if its likely to be true and the answer is yes.

Onboard graphics are fine for most things but not for games. What you have to do first is check that your computer has either a PCI Express graphics card slot or an AGP one. If it has neither then you'll really be struggling.
For £70-90 you can get a pretty good card but you need to find what your computer has first in the way of graphics card slots before you do anything else.

  Plastic Dracula 22:37 12 Jul 2006

Thanks guys.

Will have a look and sort something out.

  keef66 23:34 12 Jul 2006

For that kind of money you can just about get a 6600gt, but as Totally-braindead says, check first that the mobo has a graphics card slot, and if so, whether it's agp or pci-express.

  Plastic Dracula 09:54 18 Feb 2007

Ok, 9 months later...

Heres a pic of the internal gubbins.

Can I use the empty slot in the middle of this pic for a graphics card?
Is this an AGP slot?

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  Plastic Dracula 09:56 18 Feb 2007

Doh.
Damn my useless linking skills.
Click on where it says click here a second time!

  brittas2 10:39 18 Feb 2007

that is an AGP slot - will depend on age of pc - looks like an AGP4 slot. An AGP8-compatible card will work in it but slower. I would check the spec of the board on line or in your manual

  Plastic Dracula 10:58 18 Feb 2007

Cool
Thanks for your help

  keef66 10:14 19 Feb 2007

At first I thought AGP because of the colour, but the slot looks like PCI-express to me.

Can you tell us the make / model of the pc, the processor, and if possible the motherboard?

  keef66 10:21 19 Feb 2007

I suspect you have a Dell Dimension with some kind of Pentium 4, and a PCI-express graphics card slot.

If so, it's good news because PCI express cards are cheaper than their AGP equivalents, and generally don't need additional power connectors.

See if you can find a 7600gt you can afford; failing that, a 7600gs.

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