Graphics Card Upgrade

  Gary-317224 11:05 28 Mar 2007

Hi. I am looking to upgrade my graphics card but I know little about the PCI series of cards. I have a GeForce 7300se in my machine at the moment, not a great card I know. I have a Packard Bell with a Intel Core 2 6300 1.86GHz and 1GB of ram. I was looking to spend around £100. I am also thinking of upgrading to Vista and am worried that this graphics card will not be good enough for the upgrade. The upgrade came free with the pc and is being sent to me on disc. What is the best type of card to get for this amount of money as I dont want to upgrade my CPU just yet. Any help would be great thanks

  citadel 14:54 28 Mar 2007

your card will be good enough to run vista. I would add another 1gb of ram as vista is faster with 2gb. If you want a dx10 graphics card there are 8600 cards coming out in a few weeks, these should be more affordable than the 8800 versions.

  Gary-317224 15:03 29 Mar 2007

Thanks citadel. Wasnt sure what type of graphics cards would work well mith my CPU but I will look out for the 8600 versions. I'm not looking to run top end games just some stuff like neverwinter nights 2 or need for speed carbon which at the moment slow my pc down too much to play.

  Technotiger 15:22 29 Mar 2007

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  keef66 15:56 29 Mar 2007

Just to be clear; you need a PCI-express card, not PCI.

You don't neeed a DX10 card for the games you mention. Have a look at the Tom's hardware guide to gaming cards in the PCI-express section

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  2Xtreme_lives 16:56 29 Mar 2007

the 7300se is vista capable but its a bad card for gaming, if you did want and extra gig of ram you can get a stick for about £40 and then for £60 get a 7600GT

  Gary-317224 14:42 30 Mar 2007

Thanks for all your help. I will look out for this card.

  Armchair 15:04 30 Mar 2007

AT the moment, the only PCI Express graphics card I would recommend buying is the 8800 GTS. The 320MB version can be had for about £200. You'll need a decent power supply for it, though. Or, as already posted, hang on for the 8600 range.

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