Newbie in need of help with graphics card!

13 replies
Found 14th Aug 2008
Hey,
I've had my computer for a few years now and fear I need to upgrade my graphics card as my Team Fortress 2 matches are a bit choppy when it come to framerates! I like my games but dont know much when it comes to upgrading my computer and was hoping for some advice as to which graphics card I should go for. Any advice would be great! Thanks

My current system specs:
Pentium 4 CPU 3.40GHz
1.00 GB of RAM
NVIDIA Geforce 6600 GT 128MB

PS this is my first post so i apologise for any incompetence on my part

13 Comments

your graphics card should be ok but if you really want try a 256Mb card. Not sure of a model off the top of my head. Also, upgrading your RAM to at least 2Gb should also help.

yeah go for additional 1Gb or so of RAM, but before that try and upgrade your gfx, maybe spend £30-£40 and get a 256Mb-512mb one!! Just make sure you know if your mobo has AGP or PCI-E gfx slot, and what type your RAM is

Yes, I agree.

1) Upgrade your ram to 2GB - definitely do this;

2) Also, as mentioned above, work out if your motherboard accepts PCI-Express (ask us, if you're not sure what this means); and

3) A good graphics card - mid range, would be the G-force 8800 GT - it is very good and would suit your system perfectly. overclockers.co.uk/sho…-OK It costs £78.71 - but there are cheaper versions - let me know if you want more suggesions.

Original Poster

Thanks!

I'm pretty sure my card is a PCIE, what do you think to this card?
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Will it just be a case of swapping the two round and installing the new driver?
Also if I was to upgrade my RAM, what sorts are there and is there anything I should or shouldn't go for? Sorry for all the questions but as you can tell i need the help! lol
Thanks!

Original Poster

I have just found out some more in detail info on my system specs if this helps?

Processor: Intel Pentium 4 Processor 650 w/ HT Technology 3.4GHz 2MB Cache
Motherboard: Alienware PCI Express Motherboard with Intel 925XE Chipset
Memory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 2 x 512MB
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT PCX 128MB DDR3 w/digital and S-Video Out
Hard Drive: 160GB Seagate Barracuda Serial w/ 8MB cache

If anyone could recommend RAM to buy it would be a big help! thanks!

Clayofmyclay;2746490

I have just found out some more in detail info on my system specs if this … I have just found out some more in detail info on my system specs if this helps?Processor: Intel Pentium 4 Processor 650 w/ HT Technology 3.4GHz 2MB CacheMotherboard: Alienware PCI Express Motherboard with Intel 925XE ChipsetMemory: 1GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 533MHz - 2 x 512MBVideo Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT PCX 128MB DDR3 w/digital and S-Video OutHard Drive: 160GB Seagate Barracuda Serial w/ 8MB cacheIf anyone could recommend RAM to buy it would be a big help! thanks!



Look at the RAM below.. you will replace your sticks with these!! Also 8800GT is anything but mdi level.. it is quite a powerful gfx card. I really don thtink you need that kind of power. But its a tough market now in gfx, with benchmarks, different camps and different people saying different stuff. If you have the cash, th e8800Gt is good, otherwise a Ati3650 512Mb jobbie is good as well!!

But your system is quite powerful, and you can always carry your gfx card and take it to any new pc when you upgrade!!

ebuyer.com/pro…178

Unileeds is arguably correct, the 8800GT is a powerful card, but may I argue and say that it is top mid-range as opposed to say genuine top of the range, like the GTX 260 upwards etc etc.

But yes, the 8500GT should certainly serve your purpose - unless you intend on playing Crysis on ultra high levels etc etc!

Original Poster

Thats all brilliant thanks, got myself some RAM and that GPU in the post now!
Thanks for all the help!

Excellent! You will see a real boost in your system performance!

Good luck.

8500GT is not a gaming card, what resolutions u intend to play at?

nick1979;2747346

Unileeds is arguably correct, the 8800GT is a powerful card, but may I … Unileeds is arguably correct, the 8800GT is a powerful card, but may I argue and say that it is top mid-range as opposed to say genuine top of the range, like the GTX 260 upwards etc etc.But yes, the 8500GT should certainly serve your purpose - unless you intend on playing Crysis on ultra high levels etc etc!



Yup nick is correct.. i tend to get confused with people here.. on HUKD, some people consider the 8800Gt to be better than 3870 and equivalent to teh 4850.. i tend to disagree with them !!!:)..

But nick has hit the nail on the head.. the 8800Gt and 3870/3850 are top mid range cards (which were top end cards earlier).. but now the 4850/4870 and the GTX2 series and 260/280 series are top honchos!!!

Clayofmyclay;2746346

I'm pretty sure my card is a PCIE, what do you think to this card? … I'm pretty sure my card is a PCIE, what do you think to this card? ]http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3515870/Sweex-NVIDIA-GeForce-8500GT-512MB-PCI-Express-x16-Graphics-Card/Product.html



Slow and overpriced, at £50 you should be looking at the 3850 instead.

ebuyer.com/pro…487

EndlessWaves;2749775

Slow and overpriced, at £50 you should be looking at the 3850 … Slow and overpriced, at £50 you should be looking at the 3850 instead.http://www.ebuyer.com/product/148487



I agree.. i didnt see the link earlier!! but the 3850 will be tons better!!
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