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    Good Graphics Card?

    I am fairly experienced with computers, however one thing I have never understood, is graphics...

    I have a Dell PC:

    Windows XP Professional
    3.00 GHz
    1GB Ram

    I am looking for a good graphics card at a decent price that will enable me to play games such as Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars and any other games that require a good graphics card to run...

    Thanks for your help!

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    You will need to tell us if your board is AGP or PCI-express before we can start looking.

    and max budget

    just for info command and conquer 3 doesnt actually need a very powerful card to run - it looks beautiful 1280X1024 on my clocked 6600GT which is getting on a bit now. But you can get the 7600GT's now for about 65 and up which can run pretty much all current games max'd. This is all assuming you have a PCI-express.

    I agree 7600GT PCIe is a good value card at the moment. Have this in my Dell P4 3.2Ghz.

    Radeon X1650's are better than the NVIDIA 7600's for around the same price. Actually that's true of any

    Original Poster

    beerman1

    You will need to tell us if your board is AGP or PCI-express before we … You will need to tell us if your board is AGP or PCI-express before we can start looking.



    How do I find out?

    8800 GTs for the win :thumbsup: and just over £200 is a fantastic card

    ]http//ww…117

    bit pricy, id go for an x1900xtx or a 7600gt

    AsherDG

    How do I find out?


    When did you buy the PC?...also you can check the specs of your PC on the Dell website...but I expect it to be PCI express if bought in the last 2 years..sounds like it with a 3 ghz CPU and 1 gb of ram.

    This: ]http//ww…php will tell you exactly what you have.

    Hello mate.

    To find out just download this very small file here:
    cpuid.com/cpu…php

    In the top right hand ocrner of the page you will see the link, it says download latest version. When finished run it and click on 'mainboard', at the bottom it will tell you what graphics interface your motherboard has, it will either be AGP or PCI-express.

    beerman1

    To find out just download this very small file … To find out just download this very small file here:http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php



    Good man, I was about to say exactly the same. Very useful little tool.

    Original Poster

    I bought it In January last year...

    I downloaded that program and when I click on Mainboard, the bit at the bottom is just blank.

    I've always had problems with ATI's and their drivers - had numerous ones not work with particular mainboards. I've stuck with Nvidia ever since and never had any probs.

    I bought it In January last year...I downloaded that program and when I … I bought it In January last year...I downloaded that program and when I click on Mainboard, the bit at the bottom is just blank.



    Odd, it's usually a pretty good program that. You could also try this: ]http//hp…tml, the chipset info button should tell you what you need.

    or there are other more complex alternatives:

    In your start menu select run type dxdiag in the dialog that appears then hit enter. You should then get the DirectX diagnostic tool, as it's a Dell the system tab should tell you the model of your machine so you can then lookup your spec online. Otherwise the display tab will tell you what your graphics chipset is, I'd guess it's onboard though so that may not be useful information.

    Failing that you could look in your bios if you know how.....or there's always the open it up and take a look option, you can get piccys of AGP and PCI-E interfaces from a Google image search to compare against.

    I've always had problems with ATI's and their drivers - had numerous ones … I've always had problems with ATI's and their drivers - had numerous ones not work with particular mainboards. I've stuck with Nvidia ever since and never had any probs.



    In the past that was true, ATI drivers used to be awful. But recently NVIDIA have had many more driver issues than ATI, I've lost so much time from them ******ing up their OpenGL support in new and interesting ways every time they release new drivers. I'd still stick with NVIDIA for a top end card and ATI for a budget one though, neither have serious issues these days as far as an end user is concerned, it is the developers that it affects.

    if its a dell it may only have pci slots(i bought a dimension 3100 last january)
    and the best you can get is a 'nvidia geforce-6 6200'

    AsherDG

    I bought it In January last year...I downloaded that program and when I … I bought it In January last year...I downloaded that program and when I click on Mainboard, the bit at the bottom is just blank.



    should be PCI express then...but please inform what model Dell it is..as some of the compact Dell cases will not take a full size graphics card.

    Original Poster

    It's the same Dell as the above guys, Dell 3100

    FonZe

    8800 GTs for the win :thumbsup: and just over £200 is a fantastic … 8800 GTs for the win :thumbsup: and just over £200 is a fantastic card]http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125117



    Unless you'll be playing games at over 1680 x 1050 get the 320MB version. You'll save a few quid and you won't see any difference in performance. The extra memory is only really used as a frame buffer which makes no impact unless you play at ridiculously high resolutions.

    I have the 320MB version and it plays Oblivion at 1680 x 1050 with everything set to high very happily.

    you processors gonna bottle neck a 8800 card

    Hi, If you've got a 3100 then you are a bit stuffed they don't even have a PCIE slot to put a card in :-(
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