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I'm looking for help for looking for good graphics cards to update my current one. I'm generally new towards computer upgrading. I mainly only play World of Warcraft on this computer and am looking for ways to improved my computer performance. In game i run around 5 fps during high visual scenes with all settings set to the absolute min. The game usually tends lag? would be a close word but now the one i'm looking for. If someone could please help. :)


GeForce FX 5200 Integrated RAMDAC 128MB is the stock card.


Microsoft Windows XP Home edition version 2002 service pack 3
Intel®Pentium® 4 CPU 2.80GHz
2.79GHz, 768 MB of RAMM
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An FX5200 card is, with all due respect, so old now.
I'd also argue if the machine is still on everything else it came with with that graphics card it's going to be too old to even consider upgrading. Still, we shall see.

Need some details about the computer, everything you need to know about it and then some more can be found with this program:
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On the left will be a "Hardware" in bold. Right-click on that, select Export, select TXT. Pick somewhere to save the file. Attach the file to your next post please.
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Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
Product Name Dimension 4600
Serial Number 4TLQH31
Machine Type AT/AT COMPATIBLE
Infrared (IR) Supported No
DMI System UUID 44454C4C-5400104C-8051B4C0-4F483331
UUID 4C4C4544-0054-4C10-8051-B4C04F483331

Disk Space Disk C: 1237 MB Available, 38139 MB Total, 1237 MB Free
Disk F: 85 GB Available, 114 GB Total, 85 GB Free

Physical Memory 767 MB Total, 498 MB Free
Memory Load 35%

Virtual Memory 1877 MB Total, 1222 MB Free

PageFile Name \??\C:\pagefile.sys
PageFile Size 1152 MB
In use 295 MB
Max used 300 MB

Profile GUID {c2a241c0-466f-11dc-9e5c-806d6172696f}

The system clock interval 15 ms



(Motherboard Top)
Property Value
Manufacturer Dell Computer Corp.
Model 02Y832
Serial Number ..CN4811136K08HA.

North Bridge Intel i865P/PE/G/i848P Revision A2
South Bridge Intel 82801EB (ICH5) Revision A2

CPU Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.80GHz
Cpu Socket Socket 478 mPGA

System Slots 3 PCI, 1 AGP

Memory Summary
Maximum Capacity 4096 MBytes
Memory Slots 4
Error Correction None

Warning! Accuracy of DMI data cannot be guaranteed
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BIOS Top
Property Value
BIOS Vendor Dell Computer Corporation
BIOS Version A12
Firmware Version 108.108
BIOS Date 08/26/2004
BIOS Size 512 KB
BIOS Starting Segment F000h
DMI Version 2.3
Characteristics - supports PCI
- supports Plug-and-Play
- supports APM
- upgradeable (Flash) BIOS
- allows BIOS shadowing
- ESCD support is available
- supports booting from CD-ROM
- supports selectable boot
- supports Enhanced Disk Drive specification
- supports INT 13 for Japanese Toshiba 1.2M floppy (3.5-inch, 360rpm)
- supports INT 05 print-screen
- supports INT 09 and 8042 keyboard services
- supports INT 14 serial services
- supports INT 17 printer services
- supports ACPI
- supports legacy USB
- supports AGP
- supports booting from LS-120
- BIOS Boot Specification supported
- Function key-initiated Network Service boot supported

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CPU Info Top
Property Value
Number of CPU(s) One Physical Processor / One Core / One Logical Processor / 32 bits
CPU Full Name Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 2.80GHz
CPU Name Intel Pentium 4
CPU Code Name Northwood
Platform Name Socket 478 mPGA
Revision D1
Technology 0.13 µm
Instructions MMX, SSE, SSE2
Original Clock 2800 MHz
Original System Clock 200 MHz
Original Multiplier 14.0
CPU Clock 2793 MHz
System Clock 199.5 MHz
FSB 798.0 MHz
Core 0 Speed 2793.0 MHz
Core 0 Multiplier 14.0
L1 Data Cache 8 KBytes
L1 Trace Cache 12 Kuops
L2 Cache 512 KBytes

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Memory Top
Property Value

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Memory Summary Top
Property Value
Maximum Capacity 4096 MBytes
Memory Slots 4
Error Correction None
DRAM Frequency 199.5 MHz
Memory Timings 3-3-3-8 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

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Device Locator Slot 1 Top
Property Value
Manufacturer Micron Technology
Part Number 16VDDT6464AG-40BC4
Serial Number 250952CA
Capacity 512 MBytes
Memory Type DDR (PC3200)
Speed 200 MHz
Supported Frequencies 133.3 MHz, 166.7 MHz, 200.0 MHz
Memory Timings 2-2-2-6-0 at 133.3 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 2-3-3-7-0 at 166.7 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 3-3-3-8-0 at 200.0 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Data Width 64 bits
Manufacturing Date 2003, Week 33
EPP SPD Support No
XMP SPD Support No

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Device Locator Slot 2 Top
Property Value
Manufacturer Nanya Technology
Part Number NT128D64SH4B1G-5T
Serial Number BC03011A
Capacity 128 MBytes
Memory Type DDR (PC3200)
Speed 200 MHz
Supported Frequencies 133.3 MHz, 166.7 MHz, 200.0 MHz
Memory Timings 2-2-2-6-0 at 133.3 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 2-3-3-7-0 at 166.7 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 3-3-3-8-0 at 200.0 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Data Width 64 bits
Manufacturing Date 2003, Week 25
EPP SPD Support No
XMP SPD Support No

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Device Locator Slot 3 Top
Property Value
Manufacturer Nanya Technology
Part Number NT128D64SH4B1G-5T
Serial Number A703011A
Capacity 128 MBytes
Memory Type DDR (PC3200)
Speed 200 MHz
Supported Frequencies 133.3 MHz, 166.7 MHz, 200.0 MHz
Memory Timings 2-2-2-6-0 at 133.3 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 2-3-3-7-0 at 166.7 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Memory Timings 3-3-3-8-0 at 200.0 MHz, at 2.5 volts (CL-RCD-RP-RAS-RC)
Data Width 64 bits
Manufacturing Date 2003, Week 25
EPP SPD Support No
XMP SPD Support No

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Devices Top


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Computer || ACPI Multiprocessor PC Top
Property Value
ACPI Multiprocessor PC
Device ID ROOT\ACPI_HAL\0000
Status 0x0180000b Started
Problem 0x00000000 (0)
Service \Driver\ACPI_HAL
Capabilities 0x00000000
Config Flags 0x00000000
Class Computer
Manufacturer (Standard computers)
Hardware IDs acpiapic_mp
Compatible IDs DETECTEDInternal\ACPI_HAL
DETECTED\ACPI_HAL
Class GUID {4D36E966-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
Enumerator name ROOT
Description ACPI Multiprocessor PC
Driver {4D36E966-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000
Physical Object Name \Device\00000001
Install State 0x00000000

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Disk drives || WDC WD400BB-75JHC0 Top
Property Value
WDC WD400BB-75JHC0
Device ID IDE\DISKWDC_WD400BB-75JHC0______________________06.01C06\5&33021360&0&0.0.0
Status 0x0180000a Started
Problem 0x00000000 (0)
Service disk
Capabilities 0x00000000
Config Flags 0x00000000
Class DiskDrive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Hardware IDs IDE\DiskWDC_WD400BB-75JHC0______________________06.01C06
IDE\WDC_WD400BB-75JHC0______________________06.01C06
IDE\DiskWDC_WD400BB-75JHC0______________________
WDC_WD400BB-75JHC0______________________06.01C06
GenDisk
Compatible IDs GenDisk
Class GUID {4D36E967-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
Location 0
Enumerator name IDE
Description Disk drive
Friendly name WDC WD400BB-75JHC0
Driver {4D36E967-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000
Physical Object Name \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP0T0L0-4
UI number 0x00000000
Install State 0x00000000
Device Address 0x00000000

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Disk drives || Maxtor 6Y120P0 Top
Property Value
Maxtor 6Y120P0
Device ID IDE\DISKMAXTOR_6Y120P0__________________________YAR41BW0\3459473235314543202020202020202020202020
Status 0x0180200a Started
Problem 0x00000000 (0)
Service disk
Capabilities 0x00000010
Config Flags 0x00000000
Class DiskDrive
Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
Hardware IDs IDE\DiskMaxtor_6Y120P0__________________________YAR41BW0
IDE\Maxtor_6Y120P0__________________________YAR41BW0
IDE\DiskMaxtor_6Y120P0__________________________
Maxtor_6Y120P0__________________________YAR41BW0
GenDisk
Compatible IDs GenDisk
Class GUID {4D36E967-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
Location 1
Enumerator name IDE
Description Disk drive
Friendly name Maxtor 6Y120P0
Driver {4D36E967-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0002
Physical Object Name \Device\Ide\IdeDeviceP0T1L0-c
UI number 0x00000001
Install State 0x00000000
Device Address 0x00000001

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Display adapters || NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Top
Property Value
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Device ID PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&SUBSYS_01B910DE&REV_A1\4&1246FE7B&0&0008
Status 0x0180200a Started
Problem 0x00000000 (0)
Service nv
Capabilities 0x00000000
Config Flags 0x00000000
Class Display
Manufacturer NVIDIA
Hardware IDs PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&SUBSYS_01B910DE&REV_A1
PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&SUBSYS_01B910DE
PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&CC_030000
PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&CC_0300
Compatible IDs PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322&REV_A1
PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0322
PCI\VEN_10DE&CC_030000
PCI\VEN_10DE&CC_0300
PCI\VEN_10DE
PCI\CC_030000
PCI\CC_0300
Class GUID {4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
Location PCI bus 1, device 0, function 0
Bus number 0x00000001
Enumerator name PCI
Description NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Driver {4D36E968-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}\0000
Physical Object Name \Device\NTPNP_PCI0017
Bustype GUID {44203042-2046-4245-2043-382031302042}
Legacy bus type 0x00000005
Install State 0x00000000
Device Address 0x00000000
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Video Top
Property Value
Display Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200
Video Processor GeForce FX 5200
Video memory size 128 MBytes
Adapter DAC Type Integrated RAMDAC
BIOS String Version 4.34.20.22.A1
BIOS Date 06/24/03
Display Drivers nv4_disp.dll
Driver Version 6.14.10.5216
Driver Date 2003-10-06 19:16:00
Inf File Name oem1.inf
Inf Section nv4_NV3x


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Monitor Top
Property Value
Monitor Name Plug and Play Monitor
Monitor ID DEL3010
Model DELL 1703FP
Manufacturing Date 2003, Week 33
Input Analog Input Voltage - 0.700V/0.300V
Serial Number 2Y31538DABBR
Display Size 17" (34 cm x 27 cm)
Horizontal Frequency 30-80 kHz
Vertical Frequency 56-76 Hz
Current Resolution 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz - Aspect Ratio 5:4
Supported Resolution 1152 x 864 @ 75Hz - Aspect Ratio 4:3
Supported Resolution 1280 x 1024 @ 60Hz - Aspect Ratio 5:4
EDID Version 1 revision 3
Max dot clock (video bandwidth) 140 MHz
DPMS Mode Support Active Off, Suspend, Standby
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Thought as much. Socket 478.
Realistically not worth upgrading, you'll do better to consider replacing the entire unit.
Newer graphics cards will simply spend all day waiting for the system to catch up and you'll be no better off.
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what could i do to improve my computer perfomance for gaming?
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If you did want to spend money on this old machine, make sure to run through our system maintenance guide to ensure it's performing at peak condition.

Then if it doesn't help any, let me know what PSU that system has and we'll see if it can handle any further upgrades.

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