My PC games are not working with my video card, how do I change it?

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adf2344

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I recently rented a pc game and it wouldn't play because my video card wasn't compatible and not good enough. Here are the system requirements for the game:

REQUIRED SYSTEM SPEC:

· Microsoft® Windows® XP
· PC with 1.6 Ghz equivalent or higher processor
· 256 MB of system RAM
· 512 MB of system RAM for online play with 3 or more players
· 6 GB available hard disk space
· 8x speed or faster CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive (for the
Collector's Edition)
· 64 MB GeForce3-class video card. The game only officially supports
cards with ATI (Radeon 8500 or greater) and Nvidia chipsets, and
the Intel GMA 900 and GMA 950 products. The GeForce 4 MX is not
supported.
· Sound card with speakers or headphones
· Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
· 56.6 Kbps or better modem for 1v1 online play
· Broadband connection for online play with 3 or more players
· DirectX 9.0c or above

Please note that while you will be able to play The Battle for
Middle-earth(tm) II with the specifications above, play experience can
benefit from additional RAM, above the required 256 MB.


I tried to download the required GeForce3-class video card driver or something from http://www.nvidia.com/content/drivers/drivers.asp, because all the other requirements are met by my computer.

When I finished and tried to start the game, an error message came up saying:

"Please make sure you have DirectX 9.0 or higher installed. Also verify that your video card meets the minimum requirements and that you do not have hardware acceleration disabled in the Display control panel."

When I checked under the Display, Settings, Advanced tab, to see what I had, I saw that I still have GeForce 4 MX which is not compatible. How do I update or get a video card so that I can play my game.

Can someone please help me?
 
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Do you have DirectX 9?

Go to Start > Run and type:

dxdiag

to find out. If you do, then you need a new card.
 

adf2344

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I do have directx 9. So I need a new video card? I looked at some video cards and noticed that they are anywhere from $50 to $900. How do I know what is good for me and what is too much?
 
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Probably the best idea for a specific person would be to look at the requirements of games that you intend to play. Be sure that the card you buy at least meets those requirements and then add to those requirements in proportion to how much you are willing to spend in order to give yourself support for the future games as well.

There are some very good cards that are not too expensive. If you ever intend to upgrade to Vista, you could check the minimum requirements for that to get an idea of what you might need.

This is never an easy process. But if you find a decent card that is cheap, it is not so painful later to upgrade it. Look for specials, sales, and overstocks.
 
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