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I want to play oblivion real bad but my computer sucks.. I only have pci slots and currently have a g-force fx 5500 is there a decent pci graphics card out there? I have been looking nad can't find one. Also will i be able to run oblivion with an intel Celeron 3.0ghz if i have a better graphics card and 1.5 gigs of ram.
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your fx5500 IS the best pci graphics card out there that is why you cant find any others,

as for oblivion i really dont think that your card could handle it at all that si a high spec game sure ram and your CPU help, but oblivion would probably be a bit much for that card

have you thought of upgrading your motehrboard and graphics card?
you could get a new motherboard and graphics card weather or not thats agp or pci-express
pci-express is a little more expensive but there is still pleanty of life in agp and agp is normally cheaper but still just as good

sorry to be the bearer of bad news,
troppo

p.s there are other peoples opinions aswell
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My main problem is cash I don't have alot of it, and i know nothing about motherboards and what ones are better than others.
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well if you dont have much cash then you can always buy a cheap motherboard with an agp slot and run it with your pci card then upgrade your video card later.

the things that you have to worry about when buying your motherboard is

CPU socket type, ram compatability, CPU chipset, and other minor things

but if you want to upgrade your video card then the onlu option would be to upgrade the motherboard

depending on what type of processor that you have you can always find cheap motherboards.
and there are a few cheap graphics cards out there

but it all depends on your budget and how much you are willing to spend!
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Ok, so I have another question about PCI cards, and I'm sure you've all heard it a million times.
How do I know what is compatible?
I took my computer into a supposed "specialist" and he told me that I should try and find the card myself, and that I would have a hard time doing so... Actually, that guy pretty much just wasted my time. So what I've figured out is that I need a new graphics card. It has to be PCI, and not PCI Express or any other 3 letter thing. And that it has to be DirectX 9 Compatible... Incase you haven't assumed already, I want to play Sims2...
Sooo, I found this website, Tiger Direct That has a butt load of PCI cards in stock, unlike that guy said, and they seem to be reasonably priced.

So my question is... How do I know which one is the cheapest, easiest card that will suit my needs? I don't need some $700 thing that will let me travel through space or anything, just Sims2...
And I'm sure we'll be able to install it ourselves, if that monkey can do it....

HELP?

P.S. We're willing to spend up tp $150 on this. I don't know if you need to know but, it's a Compaq5000 with WindowsXP that has been upgraded, ripped apart, uninstalled, and reinstalled more then it's share of times by a friend of ours... And it's about 5 years old, yeah, it's a piece...
The monitor has a pair of speakers on each side, I'm not sure what brand it is, as far as I know it's Compaq as well...
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Edited by Another Clueless PC User, 04 April 2006 - 09:14 AM.

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as i said above the best pci graphics card available is the
fx5500 pci card

it will be compatable as long as you have an available pci slot

theres not much to it a pci card si really a pci card just plug it in load the drivers disable the onboard graphics and away you go

therer arent any better cards out there pci graphics cards are old your. this card will handle sims 2 without any problems,
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That monitor's a Packard Bell :blink: I use to have one :whistling: lol... wow... that was back in the day of Windows 95 and AOL 2.0 or something like that
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