Upgrading my graphics card please help!

  athertpa 15:16 17 Mar 2009


I am eager to buy the new empir total war game and believe it would make sense to upgrade my pc in line with this.

I am currently packing the following desktop PC:
* Packard Bell
* ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Series graphics card
* AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+ 2.19ghz
* 2.93gb of RAM
* 200gb hard drive

Can I go ahead and purchase any graphics card or do I need to stick to a particular type? Also do I need ot upgrade anything els at the same time? Can anyone please recommend a graphics card.

N.b I am no PC genius so would require an easy to install g/c.

Thanks for your help


  crosstrainer 15:17 17 Mar 2009

Need to know if your pc has a pcie slot....Exact model number of the machine?

  athertpa 15:20 17 Mar 2009

how can I find that out?? and I will get it now??

  athertpa 15:25 17 Mar 2009

just checked my hardware devices and it says my radeon is in my pci bus 1, does that help at all??

  woodchip 15:29 17 Mar 2009

He just said it as a Xpress already in it. but check to make sure it as a slot as it may be onboard graphics

  athertpa 15:31 17 Mar 2009

do I still physcially need to check??

  crosstrainer 16:07 17 Mar 2009

Run this tool:

click here

It will give you the information we need to help

  athertpa 16:38 17 Mar 2009

right I have ran the application and have loads of info, can you please let me know what you need?

  athertpa 16:38 17 Mar 2009

is this what you need:

Bus Adapters Multimedia
A347SCSI SCSI Controller
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller (2x)

  crosstrainer 16:41 17 Mar 2009

No :)) Need to know if there is any mention of :



These are the two graphics standards with agp being very old now.

The advisor should also have given you the make and model of the pc...If you have this, post it and we can find out exactly what it has.

  athertpa 16:43 17 Mar 2009

main info:

Packard Bell NEC Packard Bell Computer PB13318701
System Serial Number: 048288320317
Chassis Serial Number: 50424E
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.20 gigahertz AMD Athlon 64
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: NEC COMPUTERS INTERNATIONAL MS-7168 1.0
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 080012 07/20/2005
Drives Memory Modules c,d
193.59 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
154.05 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

_NEC DVD_RW ND-3530A [CD-ROM drive]
AXV CD/DVD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

ST3200826A [Hard drive] (200.05 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 5ND1MBM0, rev 3.03, SMART Status: Healthy 3008 Megabytes Installed Memory

Slot 'DIMM0' has 512 MB
Slot 'DIMM1' has 512 MB
Slot 'DIMM2' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM3' has 1024 MB
Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 193.59 GB 154.05 GB free

Network Drives
None detected

need anything else?

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