Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works

How do I go about upgrading graphics?

  • Please log in to reply



    New Member

  • Member
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
Okay so I played Crysis2 for the first time at a friends house and now I want to buy it for myself but I know my setup can't hack it. So what specs do I need to know in order to narrow down graphics card selection. I just found out what MIPS are if that tells you anything about my tech knowledge :D
What I do know:

Operating System
Windows Vista Home Premium (x64) Service Pack 2 (build 6002)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States)

System Model
HP-Pavilion FQ569AA-ABA a6755y
System Serial Number: 3CR8500FNL
Chassis Serial Number: DM0001
Enclosure Type: Desktop

2.20 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9550 Quad-Core
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
2048 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (4 total)
Not hyper-threaded

Main Circuit Board
Board: Aspen 1.0
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 5.13 05/07/2009

639.99 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
487.64 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

Memory Modules
5880 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Bus Adapters
AMD AHCI Compatible RAID Controller
AMD RAID Console
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller (2x)
Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller (5x)

ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics [Display adapter]
Westinghouse L1920NW [Monitor] (19.8"vis, s/n 5860K84700108, November 2008)

...So what are my choices within a reasonable price range? Unfortunately I can't get the most awesome card ever but something that'll let me play it without having to take shadowing off, and where the screen doesn't move like a picture slideshow...fast fps, etc. Please and thank you's and all that jazz.
  • 0




    Tech Staff

  • Technician
  • 19,753 posts
Hi Ashley716 :D
Two important things to mention 1:you need to give us a budget to work with and 2: you are going to have to replace your psu (power supply unit) as your computer only has a 300W unit fitted and a card capable of running Crysis2 will need more than this.
Here is a link to the system requirements for Crysis2, I would ignore the minimum requirements and go straight to the recommended requirements http://crysiseu.com/...ent/view/145/2/
If you look at the recommended video card in the link below, click on the details you will see that it requires a psu with a minimum of 400W http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130071 (This card was only used to highlight the psu requirements and I was in no way suggesting it is the card I would recommend you purchase).
Let us know your budget and if you require further assistance.
  • 0



    New Member

  • Topic Starter
  • Member
  • Pip
  • 2 posts
I got the PSU down but as far as a budget for graphics I have to cap it around $200. Of course I would love to spend less than that but honestly I want the best for my money. Oh, and thanks for telling me about changing wattage, never would have thought about that.
  • 0



    Tech Staff

  • Technician
  • 19,753 posts
Here are some options for you to consider;
Card 1: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127445
PSU 1: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341022

Card 2: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814125341
PSU 2: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341017

Combo Deal: http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.492782

Video Card on its own: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814121367

I wasn`t sure if your $200 budget was for both the video card and
the psu so Ive tried to cover all angles, let us know what you think!
  • 0

Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP