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Help with Graphics card Upgrade Please!


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RpgJunkie

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Hello,

Ive been wanting to upgrade my graphics card for a while but wasn't sure of which one to purchase, im mainly looking for something in the $100-120AU price range that could play Games like fallout 3/farcry 2 on maximum settings. ive never upgraded my graphics card before so im a little confused. Ty in advance

OS Information:
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OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition|C:\WINDOWS|
\Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
Service Pack 2.0
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS


Processor:
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Current Clock Speed 2206
Description x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Manufacturer GenuineIntel
Name Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz

Current Clock Speed 2206
Description x86 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 13
Manufacturer GenuineIntel
Name Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz


Memory (RAM):
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Bank Label BANK0
Capacity 1073741824

Bank Label BANK2
Capacity 1073741824

Total Memory Deteced in Hardware: ~2048 MB
Memory Reported to Operating System: 2047MB

Disk Drives:
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Description Disk drive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Model WDC WD1600AAJS-75PSA0
Media Type Fixed hard disk media
Size 159998469120 (~149 GB)
Number of Partitions 1


Installed Printers:
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Motherboard:
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Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC.
Model
Name Base Board
Part Number
Product P5L1394
Serial Number MB-1234567890
Version Rev 1.xx


BIOS:
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Manufacturer American Megatrends Inc.
Name BIOS Date: 06/08/07 15:04:40 Ver: 08.00.10
Release Date 20070608000000.000000+000
Version A_M_I_ - 6000708


Monitor:
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Description Plug and Play Monitor
Name Plug and Play Monitor
Screen Height 900
Screen Width 1440


Keyboard:
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Description USB Human Interface Device

Description HID Keyboard Device


Pointing Device:
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Manufacturer (Standard system devices)
Name USB Human Interface Device


Sound Card:
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Manufacturer Realtek
Description Realtek High Definition Audio
Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0883&SUBSYS_1043C603& REV_1000\4&1F02D6B7&0&0001


Video Card:
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Adapter Compatibility NVIDIA
Adapter RAM 536870912
Description NVIDIA GeForce 7300 SE/7200 GS
Installed Display Drivers nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version 6.14.11.7824
Driver Date 10/07/2008 2:33:00 AM
Video Mode Description 1440 x 900 x 4294967296 colors


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Network Adapters:
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Description Attansic L1 Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000Base-T Adapter - Packet Scheduler Miniport
Description Packet Scheduler Miniport
Description Microsoft TV/Video Connection

External Ports:
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External Reference Designator PS/2 Mouse
External Reference Designator PS/2 Keyboard
External Reference Designator USB1
External Reference Designator USB2
External Reference Designator USB3
External Reference Designator USB4
External Reference Designator USB5
External Reference Designator USB6
External Reference Designator USB7
External Reference Designator USB8
External Reference Designator LPT 1
External Reference Designator COM 1
External Reference Designator FireWire 1
External Reference Designator FireWire 2
External Reference Designator Audio Line Out1
External Reference Designator Audio Line Out2
External Reference Designator Audio Line Out3
External Reference Designator SPDIF_OUT
External Reference Designator SPDIF_OUT1
External Reference Designator GbE LAN 1
External Reference Designator
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Expansion Slots:
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Slot Designation PCIEX16
Slot Designation PCI_1
Slot Designation PCI_2
Slot Designation PCI_3
Slot Designation PCIEX1_1
Slot Designation PCIEX1_2
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Mark D

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The important thing is to buy the right card for your motherboard. The Asus P5L1394 motherboard has a PCI -express slot, so be sure to buy that type of video card. Basically, the card will come with a driver CD. Depending on the make, its installation process is pretty simple. Just open the case, remove the old and put in the new, (there is a small locking mechanism on the PCI-Exp slot. Make sure you've released the locking mechanism before using a crowbar to try remove the existing card. Don't forget to lock your new card in as well). As long as your DVD or CD drive works, you just install the drivers once the card is installed.

Good luck..
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Troy

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Hi there,

Looking around some Australian websites, in the ~$120 range with PCI-Express connection, I found the ATI 4670 fit in that price bracket. This would probably be one of the better choices to fit your budget.

Cheers

Troy

P.S. Don't use a crowbar to get the existing card out! :)
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