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what videocard to buy?


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one2004

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I tried to run a videogame and received this message:
"Could not find a Direct3D device that has a Direct3D9-level driver and supports pixel shader 1.1 or greater".
a)Does it mean I need a new videocard?
b)how to buy a good one?
Please advice.
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phillipcorcoran

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Yes, the video card you have does not have the required capabilities.

Right down what the message says you need then look on the packaging in the shops or the item details on a compauter shopping website.
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We may be able to offer suggestions but you need to provide some info.
Is this a name brand system and if so what make and model?
If custom built we need to know what motherboard make and model you have.
How much total memory do you have installed?
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phillpower2

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More information is needed for others to help you better,
What is your present motherboard,
Onboard or add on gfx card in use, if its an add on what card is it,
Possibly the most important info; what budget are you looking to
spend should you need to upgrade?
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one2004

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This is all information I could find.
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This is technical spesifications manual:

Processor
* Intel® Pentium® 4 processor that runs at 2.8 GHz , 3.0 GHz, and 3.2 GHZ internally and 800 MHz externally with Hyper-Threading Technology
* Intel Pentium 4 processor that runs at 2.8 GHz internally and 533 MHz externally
Level 1 (L1) cache 8 KB
Level 2 (L2) cache 256-KB or 1-MB (depending on your computer configuration) pipelined-burst, eight-way set associative, write-back SRAM
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Memory Type 333- and 400-MHz DDR SDRAM
NOTE: DDR 333 memory runs at 320MHz when configured with Pentium 4 800 MHz FSB processors
Memory connectors two
Memory 2 GB
BIOS address F0000h
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Computer Information
Chip set Intel 865 GV
DMA channels seven
Interrupt levels 24
BIOS chip (NVRAM) 4 Mb
NIC
integrated network interface capable of 10/100 communication.
System Clock
Intel Pentium 4: 533 MHz and 800 MHz

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Video Type Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2

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Connectors
External connectors: Serial 9-pin connector; 16550C-compatible
Parallel 25-hole connector (bidirectional)
Video 15-hole connector
Network adapter RJ45 connector
PS/2 (keyboard and mouse)
6-pin mini-DIN
USB
two front-panel and four back-panel USB 2.0–compliant connectors
Audio
three connectors for line-in, line-out, and microphone; one front-panel connector for headphones
System board connectors:
Primary IDE drive
40-pin connector on PCI local bus
Secondary IDE drive
40-pin connector on PCI local bus
Floppy drive
34-pin connector
CD Audio
4-pin connector
Fan
3-pin connector

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Power
DC power supply:
Wattage 250 W
Heat dissipation 853 BTU/hr (fully loaded computer without monitor)
Voltage (see the safety instructions located in the Product Information Guide for important voltage setting information)
fixed-voltage power supply — 100 to 120 V at 60 Hz; 200 to 240 V at 50 Hz
Backup battery 3-V CR2032 lithium coin cell
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Edited by one2004, 07 June 2010 - 09:56 PM.

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phillpower2

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The user manual for your system shows that the motherboard will only accept
the pci type add on card as there is no agp or pci-e 16 slots, this limits
your choice, Im not sure where you are in the world so I have provided a link
to newegg in the US for you to at least have a look at some options & prices;
http://www.newegg.co.......p;x=14&y=24
Something you need to take into consideration is the 250W psu, it may not be able
to provide enough power for a new add on gfx card, so read the card specs &
what the minimum power requirements are.
I hope you find this information useful & good luck.
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rshaffer61

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I have to agree with phillpower2 on this.
The PSU itself by todays standards is small and even if the system could accept the enwer cards it probably would not have the constant voltage readings to power that card.
A PCI card like what he is suggesting is your only option at this point. You will need to make sure the card does not need external power from the PSU since it is most unlikely the PSU will have the connections for it.
That being said I believe a 512 megs card will be your limit without the power connector.
My suggestion would be to start saving for a new system. With the advances of the technology you could custom build your own system for less then 1000 USD and have a great gaming system.
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one2004

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phillipcorcoran, rshaffer61, phillpower2, thank you very much for your suggestions. Now I'm looking for decent card here, but not sure about electric power. There is no mention of power in specifications, so I don't know how it will work with my 250w.
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