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Should I get a Graphics card?


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Faust3x

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I bought a refurbished tower from a guy that is a Dell Optiplex GX100?

It runs really slow, should I invest in a Graphics Card to speed it up, or Should I get more Ram for it?

It's Intel Celeron Processor with 595 MHz, 195 MB RAM. Also it's Windows XP!

It runs slow and it's a comp for my sister to use, so I am wondering if there is something easier to buy then a new tower as we can't afford that right now.

Thx!
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I'm sorry, but that computer's processor is way too small, the memory is not nearly enough, and the computer is too old to do much of anything with. I installed XP on a Athlon 1.2 gig system years ago and ended up taking it back off because it was so slow. XP likes processors larger than 2 gig's, at least 350MB of memory, and cards better than the GeForce 4-440 series Nvidia or equal for graphics.

If you must just run it like it is and try adding at least 512 MB of memory( 1 gig of memory is even better). You may not even have a AGP slot in that computer to improve the graphics on it, plus if the computer does have a AGP slot you will need to find a card that is 2X-4X as i doubt that a 8X card will work in it. The only other choice then would be a 5200 series PCI video card. Do not try playing newer games with this setup. You will be disappointed as it will not be very good.

So, add some memory and run it like it is. Any more money spent on it would be better just saved up for a much newer computer.

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I'm sorry, but that computer's processor is way too small, the memory is not nearly enough, and the computer is too old to do much of anything with. I installed XP on a Athlon 1.2 gig system years ago and ended up taking it back off because it was so slow. XP likes processors larger than 2 gig's, at least 350MB of memory, and cards better than the GeForce 4-440 series Nvidia or equal for graphics.

If you must just run it like it is and try adding at least 512 MB of memory( 1 gig of memory is even better). You may not even have a AGP slot in that computer to improve the graphics on it, plus if the computer does have a AGP slot you will need to find a card that is 2X-4X as i doubt that a 8X card will work in it. The only other choice then would be a 5200 series PCI video card. Do not try playing newer games with this setup. You will be disappointed as it will not be very good.

So, add some memory and run it like it is. Any more money spent on it would be better just saved up for a much newer computer.

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By adding that much, will the internet and computer move faster? And 3D chat games like IMVU?
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I would think upgrading to 512MB of RAM would help you to see a difference, although it wouldn't be a great deal. I don't think it would make a difference going between 512MB and 1GB with that processor :)

I agree with SRX660, don't waste too much money on this system!
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