Need help about a video card~~~?
Question: I have a Dell Dimension 2100 model, Windows XP Version 2002 service pack 2 and 128 MB of ram...I need a video card for video games, is this computer too old for a video card? Is there a place to put a video card in, can I put a video card in or does it have to be done by a computer tech? Are video cards expensive, can we use them over or do we have to get a new one every once a while? I don't know much about them...thank you for helping me out...
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Video cards are not expensive. You can get a great one for $60 choose Nvidia brands though they work best. Circuit city has them for $60 with a rebate though so its really $80. Well to play games at its best your computer needs a sh*t load of ram. Most people recommend 2gb or more I have 3gb running at 2.6ghz processor. Your computer should be fine with any Nvidia card ( as long as you have RAM, and their not supper advance cards) its not really that old, and yes you can install it most computer ( if not all) older then 2000 have video slots you take the computer top off see the slot and make sure its a PCI, PCI-E or another you can tell by seeing how the slot looks. DONT FORGET TO SEE WHAT CARD YOU COMPUTER ACCEPTS! very important otherwise it wont fit lol I guess thats obvious though. Then hook your monitor up and it should set up automaticaly ....
The graphics card requirements for Vista versions above Vista Basic are: Support for DirectX 9 graphics with: * WDDM Driver * 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum) * Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware * 32 bits per pixel As long as you don't need DirectX 10 support, that card will work, since the requirements for Aero are * WDDM driver * Pixel Shader 2.0 * 32 bits per pixel * Adequate graphics memory o 64 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at a resolution lower than 1,310,720 pixels o 128 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at resolutions from 1,310,720 to 2,304,000 pixels o 256 MB of graphics memory to support a single monitor at a resolution higher than 2,304,000 pixels and that card supports DX9 and 32 bit color, has 256MB graphics memory.
My computer video card is not working. Its built in the mother board. I know i can install another video card?
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If you really want to play video games the best solution for you is to get a new computer. The video card is only one of a long list of problems that would make gaming problematic at best. The processor in the specific Dell model that you have is far too slow to support any modern PC games. It is an Intel Celeron processor with a tested speed somewhere in the vicinity of 1.0 Ghz (Gigahertz). The exact number depends on what version you have. To game successfully you need to have a processor with a speed of 2.0 Ghz, but preferably somewhere in the 3.0 Ghz range. Unfortunately one cannot simply change the processor out. The other major problem I see with your setup is that your computer can only hold a maximum of 512 MB (megabytes) of RAM (Random Access Memory). Realistically, you need 1 Gb of RAM to play a game without substantial memory issues arising during gameplay. Having said that, adding a new video card would only solve one of a few major problems that will inhibit you from having a quality gaming experience if you choose to stay with your current computer. To answer your other questions: There is most likely an AGP port on your motherboard. That is where the video card would be placed. You could do the install yourself, but it would be wise to read the instructions thoroughly and find an online How-To guide to assist you. The price of video cards can range from $20.00 to $700.00, but the variety you are looking for would be in the $70.00 to $150.00 range. You can use video cards for a long period of time, but serious gamers tend to upgrade every few years because newer games are graphically more demanding, therefore an older card will struggle to keep up.
The drivers were the first thing the software installed. The new video card shows up in the Device Manager and the old video card is gone, but Microsoft still sees the old video card and won't update.
i bet from your specs that you have an old computer. I believe you might have something called an AGP slot which is located on your motherboard. I believe it could be slow, so you can try to look for an 2x to 4x graphic card for AGP. Chances are it could be hard to find. If not you can use your PCI slot, which is located below your AGP ports. You should have 1 or 2 that are not in use. So buy a PCI graphic card that matches or exceed your requirements to play games. I also recommend you get a RAM upgrade, since 128MB is below todays requirements. Try to double or tripe your ram. but since i believe this is an old computer, it could be wise to buy a new one. Its your choice.
Laptops are not made for gaming. Laptops come with integrated video which is not made for 3d games. Add to that the fact that your laptop is 2 years old simply means you will be disappointed in gaming. Go out and spend about $800 or more to build yourself a nice gaming machine. There are many tutorials on places like Tom's hardware that will show you how.
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