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Can I Upgrade My System Graphics Card?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Rafelito45, May 14, 2011.

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  1. Rafelito45

    Rafelito45 Thread Starter

    May 14, 2011

    Here are the specifications for my Desktop. It's a bit old now, yes. But I'm wondering if I HAVE TO install a Graphics Card that is runs on DDR Memory, can I make it run on DDR2? Because honestly I see a lot of low performance DDR Graphics cards. Please help and thank you.


    Also the motherboard specifications says it can be upgraded up to 2 GB of RAM. But Compaq says only 1 GB. Is it because the Desktop is running on Windows XP Home Edition? I really which I can upgrade it to at least 2 GB. Please and thank you, I just want a decent PC that can play games like Fallout 3 and run applications more smoothly, if it's not worth it, I will buy a new PC. I'm kind of a noob, please help and thank you.
  2. crjdriver

    crjdriver Moderator

    Jan 2, 2001
    You have an agp slot available to use and could install something like this;
    However [and this is a big however] you need to also upgrade the pw supply as well. Big box systems ie dell, hp, whatever ship with a pw supply that is just enough to pw the system as shipped. There is little or no reserve for upgrades. Next issue would be cooling. If the case does not have adequate airflow, the system is going to overheat. Those old socket A amds run warm to start with so it is a real concern.

    IMO this old of a system is NOT worth putting any money into. It is at least 5 generations old technology. You would be much better off putting your money into a modern system.
  3. 2twenty2


    Jul 17, 2003
    Never mind already answered.
  4. Rafelito45

    Rafelito45 Thread Starter

    May 14, 2011
    thank you
  5. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    If you wanted to max out the RAM to 2048 MB and upgrade the integrated graphics to a low-end AGP video card for the sole purpose of increasing the speed and graphics quality for basic computing use, that would be a different story. But your goal is to use it for gaming. As crjdriver has already said, the hardware is too outdated for that purpose.


    Here are the recommended system requirements for "Fallout 3".

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor

    2048 MB of RAM

    512 MB video card

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