Can I upgrade my Graphics card- or buy another PC

  lostplot 20:44 08 May 2017

Hi, I have a desktop which is an Intel (R) Pentium D Cpu 3.40 Ghz + 3.40Ghz 64 bit with windows 7 but when looking at my computer performance it gives me 3.3 for gaming: 256mb graphics memory 82945G express Chipset family.( Ihave no idea what this means)

I play games online and was wondering if I could upgrade the graphics card as have no idea what to use or indeed if my computer is good enough for an upgrade? Any advice appreciated, I am somewhat of a technophobe so please go lightly :)

  lostplot 22:58 08 May 2017

Hi, Thank you for you help, well i run that and it came up error running dxdiag, but I also have take a screenshot so may help, it does not say anything about a graphics card, it shows:

Name:Intel 82945G express Chipset family Manufacturer: Intel Chip Type:Intel 82945G express Chipset family DAC Type: Internal Approx total memory: 256Mb Current display mode:1280x1024 (32 bit)(60hz) Monitor: Dell P190S (Analog)

Direct-x features: Direct draw Acceleration: Enabled Direct 3D Acceleration:Not available AGP Texture Acceleration: Enabled.

I play FOE and other games and my computer sounds like an aeroplane when playing and is a major struggle!

  Jollyjohn 12:00 09 May 2017

I don't think you have a separate graphics card, I think you are using "onboard graphics" with 256MB RAM allocated to it. Therefore any graphics card installed will improve performance as it will free up that RAM and take a load off the CPU.

More details of your PC - Make & model or Motherboard info - will help us advise a suitable graphics card.

The "sounds like an aeroplane" is all the fans running to keep PC cool. Consider replacing the fans for a quieter PC.

  lostplot 12:20 09 May 2017

Thank you very much John and Warlord, my computer is an HP Compaq DC7600 small form factor PC.

  Jollyjohn 12:50 09 May 2017

Having looked at your PC specification I would save up and purchase a new PC. Your PC was designed for Vista, which dates it. I think you might be able to get a Maximum of $GB RAM installed, possibly only 2GB depending on exact model. The Power Supply is only 300Watts at best.

A modern PC, without spending silly money, will have 8GB RAM, 500Watt PSU, dual core CPU, possibly even quad core and good integrated graphics with the option to add a separate graphics card if still needed.

  lostplot 13:10 22 Jun 2017

Sorry it has been a while but i took your advice and have now replaced the pc, however, i have just posted a question about it at the top of the forum. Thank you ever so much for your help!

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