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All you pc techy people out there help me please with a Graphics Card please x

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Hey, i am looking to upgrade my my pc at the moment it is a 'media pc' - well at least tht is wht the person said who i bought it off!. So what graohics card do i need to buy if i want to play games such as crsise and cod5? how much do i need to spend?

i really dont have any idea about computors so please bear with me!

thanks :) xxx
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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Did you buy your PC from a retail store (ie is it branded like HP, Dell etc)? If so, what's the model number? It should be written on it somewhere.

If it's been built by someone else, you'll need to check by other means.
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Xb0xGuru
Did you buy your PC from a retail store (ie is it branded like HP, Dell etc)? If so, what's the model number? It should be written on it somewhere.

If it's been built by someone else, you'll need to check by other means.


thanks for the reply :)

it was a costum build - :?
#3
ok.. so we're going to need to see what motherboard you have.

Download and install this: http://www.lavalys.com:8081/everestcorporate460.exe

It's trial software which will give you a lot of useful info on your computer.

When you've done so, run it. Go to Motherboard and look for motherboard name.

If you get really stuck you can right click on Motherboard and choose quick report. Select text and copy/paste the stuff into a post (non private stuff of course!).
#4
or you could use cpu-z, which is free, and a lot easier:thumbsup:
#5
peodude
or you could use cpu-z, which is free, and a lot easier:thumbsup:

where can i download tht from please?
#6
mum2b
where can i download tht from please?


filehippo.com
#7
mum2b
where can i download tht from please?


http://www.cpuid.com/download/cpuz_148.zip
#8
ok so i have done tht - wht do u need to know?
#9
bumpy :)
#10
Unzip that file, and open the program, then under motherboard, tell us what the model is.
#11
OK here is what it says GA-G31M-S2L
1 Like #12
http://tw.giga-byte.com/Products/Motherboard/Products_Spec.aspx?ProductID=2693 is the motherboard.

You will need a graphics card that is PCI Express fitting, not AGP

At a quick glance, something like this http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150358 , i'm sure other people will be along with more recommendations, i don't know what those games need
1 Like #13
peodude
At a quick glance, something like this http://www.ebuyer.com/product/150358 , i'm sure other people will be along with more recommendations, i don't know what those games need


Well, that particular one is 2006 vintage and not great value for money (around £45 would be closer these days). At the moment probably the most popular graphics card is the Radeon 4850 at around £120.

What does CPU-Z say your CPU is, and how much memory does your system have? Also, are you running vista? Gaming can be fairly demanding, especially if you're building for games not yet released, so if you've got a super-low power CPU designed to be as quiet as possible when watching DVDs it may hold an expensive graphics card back.

Is 'crsise' crysis or some game I haven't heard of yet? If it's crysis it has notoriously high system requirements to run it with all the sparklies turned on so you probably won't get that but it should run fine on lower settings.
#14
EndlessWaves
Well, that particular one is 2006 vintage and not great value for money (around £45 would be closer these days). At the moment probably the most popular graphics card is the Radeon 4850 at around £120.

What does CPU-Z say your CPU is, and how much memory does your system have? Also, are you running vista? Gaming can be fairly demanding, especially if you're building for games not yet released, so if you've got a super-low power CPU designed to be as quiet as possible when watching DVDs it may hold an expensive graphics card back.

Is 'crsise' crysis or some game I haven't heard of yet? If it's crysis it has notoriously high system requirements to run it with all the sparklies turned on so you probably won't get that but it should run fine on lower settings.


My spelling is really bad :oops: - yh i know i wouldnt of been able to run it on high setting - but any settings is fine by me :thumbsup:

It says mine is:- Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2180 2.00GHz

Memory:- 2048 MBytes <--- think tht is right :oops:
#15
Can I be nosy and ask how much you paid and what was included :)
#16
il pm you to hide my sheer embrassment incase u think i got robbed :oops:
#17
What did CPU-Z say was your current Graphics Card?
#18
Xb0xGuru
What did CPU-Z say was your current Graphics Card?

its an onboard graphics card or something
#19
In which case, pretty much any half-decent graphics card will do the job. You're not going to get top-of-the-line graphics without spending an obscene amount of money and personally, you'd be better to spending it on a games console such as a 360 or PS3 - they're purpose built and will work out much better value for money. Unless you're ready to be upgrading your PC every 12 months you could be going down a slippery slope!
#20
Xb0xGuru
In which case, pretty much any half-decent graphics card will do the job. You're not going to get top-of-the-line graphics without spending an obscene amount of money and personally, you'd be better to spending it on a games console such as a 360 or PS3 - they're purpose built and will work out much better value for money. Unless you're ready to be upgrading your PC every 12 months you could be going down a slippery slope!

yh i have got a xbobx 360 and a ps3 - just wanted to play with more mature gamers tbh :)
#21
U want an 8800gt graphics card. will cost about 70 quid. will work well enuff.
#22
You mean online? Unless you pay for a hosted server, you'll get any Tom, Dick or Harry connecting for free. Have you got a Live subscription or are you talking about PSN?

Like I said, upgrading to play games of same/better quality will cost you a small fortune AND you'd need to upgrade on a regular basis to keep up with new games being released. A small price for a different online audience!
#23
i have got live and psn - i have to say though live is the worst for little american brats
#24
Xb0xGuru
you'd be better to spending it on a games console such as a 360 or PS3 - they're purpose built and will work out much better value for money. Unless you're ready to be upgrading your PC every 12 months you could be going down a slippery slope!


Well, you end up spending more money on games for a console though, not to mention overpriced accessories. Far Cry 2 for example can be pre-ordered for £20 on the PC, but you'll struggle to find anyone letting you pre-order it for less than £35 on console.

mum2b
My spelling is really bad :oops: - yh i know i wouldnt of been able to run it on high setting - but any settings is fine by me :thumbsup:

It says mine is:- Intel Pentium Dual CPU E2180 2.00GHz

Memory:- 2048 MBytes <--- think tht is right :oops:


The memory is fine, but with that CPU there's no point in going for a very fast card though. I'd say a 4850/9800GTX+ was the most you'd want, whether you go for them or something cheaper depends on how much you want to spend. If you don't fancy those sort of prices then the Novatech 9600GT is good value at £67 here or a 3850 if you can find one sub-£55.
#25
EndlessWaves
Well, you end up spending more money on games for a console though, not to mention overpriced accessories. Far Cry 2 for example can be pre-ordered for £20 on the PC, but you'll struggle to find anyone letting you pre-order it for less than £35 on console.


http://www.365games.co.uk/index.php?productID=3765
£30.99 delivered on the 360. Took me 1 search and 5 seconds. I hardly had to struggle! There's no doubt you could get it cheaper elsewhere too.

Accessories short term maybe (how many controllers are you really going to buy?) . You're not including the additional costs of keeping the spec up for new games that arrive in, as well as storage to install them. Using a PC for a games machine may look nice, but you'll spend far more money over a 3 year period if you want to play the latest games on it.
banned 1 Like #26
CPU may hold you back a little. Perhaps update it.

What is the memory? make/ speed?

Minimum I'd go for is an NVidia 8800GT 512mb ddr3, if you want to play things like Crysis,
A 9800GT gives a little edge, (but you do need a minimum of a 450watt "GOOD" PSU for either card).

Some people like ATI more, so may be worth looking at some comparisons or asking others what they use for gaming before getting your gfx card.

Personally, No problem with my current 9800GT on high settings (slightly overclocked) playing Crysis, COD4, frontlines, BF2, BF2 project reality,
combat arms (until Euro version), the list goes on, lol :)

Try play.com, playtrade for cheap new sealed PC games :thumbsup: (example Frontlines - fuel of war) £11 on trade, official £35, good game, bad comments I guess because they just were bad at the game , lol

Hope it helps, andtoolazytotypeanymore :)
#27
soupy
CPU may hold you back a little. Perhaps update it.

What is the memory? make/ speed?

Minimum I'd go for is an NVidia 8800GT 512mb ddr3, if you want to play things like Crysis,
A 9800GT gives a little edge, (but you do need a minimum of a 450watt "GOOD" PSU for either card).

Some people like ATI more, so may be worth looking at some comparisons or asking others what they use for gaming before getting your gfx card.

Personally, No problem with my current 9800GT on high settings (slightly overclocked) playing Crysis, COD4, frontlines, BF2, BF2 project reality,
combat arms (until Euro version), the list goes on, lol :)

Try play.com, playtrade for cheap new sealed PC games :thumbsup: (example Frontlines - fuel of war) £11 on trade, official £35, good game, bad comments I guess because they just were bad at the game , lol

Hope it helps, andtoolazytotypeanymore :)

hey think i put the info u wanted before in the post.

wht u recommend?
banned#28
Whats the current PSU wattage?

I suggest:
Upgrade the processor
Possible change the memory for better performance, OCZ, Crucial etc., but depends what is already installed.
Install a 9800GT 512 DDR3 graphics card
If it doesn't come with overclock tools try a google for free alternatives.

Oh, and you might wanna invest in a gaming mouse, if you want to play FPS games, or get a little more accuracy in other 3d games.

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