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Choosing and Updating a graphics Card what do i need to Know?


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Macki243

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Hey Guys. Im in the process of updating my pc and have come to the Graphics Card and am stuck. I need a card which will help playing a few games like WOW but don't know wat spec graphics card i need i really don't want to buy one and find out it doesn't fix or is uncompatable with my system. Here is my current graphics card spec and motherboard

ATI radeon HD 2400
internal DAC (400 MHz)
256MB DDR memory
I/O ports : DVI-I, S-Video, VGA

Asus P5LP-LE motherboard

Can you suggest any upgrades which would be compatable. THX Macki243
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Welcome to Geeks To Go

I apologize that you had been missed this is a very busy forum, but I got you now.

My name is Cbarnard I hope I may be of some assistance

Here is a link to an EVGA GPU

This is a higher than recommended GPU for WOW

But you could also purchase a newer GPU

Like this one Gigabyte 4350 it is backwards compatible, Also it has more Memory capability than your previous card does.

How much ram do you have installed on the computer?

Get back to me with that info, and I will get back to you.

I hope this has been helpful.

Good luck

Cbarnard

Edited by cbarnard, 22 April 2009 - 11:17 PM.

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Thx for replying

At the moment im running 4GB of Ram in my pc. The graphics cards you suggested look very good but what exactly am i looking at that makes them compatable with my motherboard?

Is it that they are DDR2 and PCI express 2.0? and could you suggest any graphics cards that are a "step up" from the ones you hav linked because my finances seem to be looking v.good at the moment

Thx Macki 243
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Hello,
Sorry I have been busy:

what exactly am i looking at that makes them compatable with my motherboard?
Is it that they are DDR2 and PCI express 2.0?


The fact that these cards are PCI-E 2.0 by 16 is why it is compatible, You have PCI-E 1.0 by 16
The DDR status just regards the memory of the card

Here are a couple cards that are a step up for you:

PNY 260gtx

XFS 9800gt


One thing you will need to think about is you powersupply (PSU)

how big(wattage) is it?

Do you have enough connectors to supply your new Video card?

You should have at least a 650watt from a reputable manufacture

Here is a link to several PSU's for you

Corsair 650

OCZ 700

The nice thing about these PSU's is they will be able to move on with you when you upgrade further.

Also these units have all the connectors on them to supply the cards

The last thing to think about is you case, It has to be large enough to accept these cards.

Also you will have to have ample cooling on intake and exaust.

I have 4 case fans 2 on intake and 2 on exaust. plus the PSU and CPU.

Good luck I hope this has helped you further

Cbarnard

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Hello,

I see that you have not replied to this post. Do you still need assistance?

If the problem has been resolved please post a reply stating this is resolved. If the problem resurfaces again please reference this thread in the new thread you start.

If you continue to need assistance please reply back with requested information asked for previously in my last post.

I like to hear how things are going for the people I'm assisting, please let me know how it is going good or bad!!!

Thank you very much and good luck


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