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Discussion in 'Games' started by eatusfoetus, Jul 27, 2005.

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  1. eatusfoetus

    eatusfoetus Thread Starter

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    hey guys

    is a graphics card and a video card the same thing?

    my pc's a few years old now and not running some newer games, such as The Sims 2. It runs it but certain parts freeze up etc due to my low grade graphics card/video card.

    Can someone pelase tell me if

    a: graphics card/video card - are the same thing

    b: if they are not which one is important to playing games

    c: which new graphics card/video card should i purchase? - i'm on a tight budget so it will be bought 2nd hand via ebay etc... i dont want the very best or the latest top daddy, just something which will allow me to play newer games!

    thanks in advance guy!

    ef
     
  2. Clumbsy_Mage

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    They are the same thing, and to receive any advice on what to upgrade to you'll first have to tell us about the rest of your system. That is what motherboard you're using, etc etc.

    If you don't know much about your computer download Everest Home Edition from http://www.lavalys.com.
     
  3. eatusfoetus

    eatusfoetus Thread Starter

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    Hey Clumbsy

    Thanks for the reply, I dowloaded that prog and my PC stands as follows:

    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    OS Service Pack Service Pack 1
    DirectX 4.09.00.0904 (DirectX 9.0c)
    Computer Name PETE (pete)
    User Name MACKBOSS SELECKTA

    Motherboard
    CPU Type AMD Athlon XP, 1666 MHz (12.5 x 133) 2000+
    Motherboard Name MSI MS-6382(E) (3 PCI, 1 AGP, 1 CNR, 2 DIMM, Audio)
    Motherboard Chipset VIA VT8366A Apollo KT266A
    System Memory 512 MB (DDR SDRAM)
    BIOS Type Award Modular (05/14/02)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM1)
    Communication Port Communications Port (COM2)
    Communication Port ECP Printer Port (LPT1)

    Display
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420 (64 MB)
    3D Accelerator nVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420
    Monitor Iiyama Vision Master Pro MT-9017E/T [17" CRT] (72317885)

    Multimedia
    Audio Adapter VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

    Storage
    IDE Controller VIA Bus Master IDE Controller
    Floppy Drive Floppy disk drive
    Disk Drive WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1 (110 GB, IDE)
    Optical Drive HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8320B (32x/10x/40x CD-RW)
    Optical Drive TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-M1612 (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
    SMART Hard Disks Status OK

    Partitions
    C: (FAT32) 112975 MB (33135 MB free)

    Input
    Keyboard Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
    Mouse PS/2 Compatible Mouse

    Network
    Network Adapter WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface (80.1.36.76)
    Modem Communications cable between two computers
    Modem Generic SoftK56

    Peripherals
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller
    USB1 Controller VIA VT83C572 PCI-USB Controller


    Thanks,

    Ef :)
     
  4. Clumbsy_Mage

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  5. eatusfoetus

    eatusfoetus Thread Starter

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    Hey Clumbsy

    Thanks for the further info.

    I don't understand what this means >> x4 AGP is that as in Pixel Pipelines?

    When you said I can upgrade to any AGP card but it will only run at x4 speed as opposed to 8. Does that mean I'll only get half the performance from the graphics card?

    I read this on another posting relating to playing sims 2 and minimum requirements: Need am A T&L-capable video card with at least 32 MB of video RAM...

    ah what one to buy i wonder! so many choices and a lot are more reasonable then i expected. i know fitting these are easy but how hard are they to install?

    thanks for your time.

    ef
     
  6. Argy

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    do your research. obveously your computer is more for gaming then anything else so i would advise that you look up an ATI card,
    but instead of troubling yourself with a redundant AGP card go ahead and try a PCI-express, you'll get around twice the performance out of it then you will with the latest AGP that your mobo can only handle running at x4 as aposed to x8.

    and as far as setting it up and installing the card goes, its as easy as un-installing your current video card drivers and installing the new ones.

    as far as your computer freezing on some places goes, i dont think that is a case of your computer not being able to handle the game (considering your 420 meets minimum requirements)
    have your tried installing the latest nvidia drivers?
    a few people posting on TSG have had the same problem and it was merekly a case of out-dated drivers

    i hope aome of this helps (if not appologies for the wastage of time)

    thanx
    Argy.
     
  7. GripS

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    PCI-express isn't an option for CLUMBSY as he's running a motherboard with an AGP slot. There's not a big difference(if any) between AGP X4 and X8. Kind of tough to recommend a card because the rest of your system is rather old. The 6600gt(AGP version of course) is a very capable card and won't break the bank.
     
  8. Clumbsy_Mage

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    You mean Eatusfoetus, he started the thread :p.
     
  9. GripS

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    heh. yep. correction. :eek:
     
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