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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bonesaw2009, Feb 22, 2006.

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  1. bonesaw2009

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    i have a intel(R) extreme graphics 64mb ram onboard i want a new vid card but have only pci slots.I want to know should i just get a pci vid card or just kep my onboard one?
    i want to play world of warcraft witch is why im looking.
     
  2. bigbear

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    You will be able to install a higher MB pci graphics card and you will get some improvement but don't expect any miracles as this is old technogy now.
    Just noticed you have Intel extreme graphics and I am not sure if you will gain much at all.
     
  3. Triple6

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    If its the Intel Extreme Graphics then would notice a significant difference if you bought a PCI FX5200/5500 or a Radeon 9250 128MB or 256MB card. The latest Intel GMA 950 grpahics would be better then most cards but the older Intel Extreme branded chips suck tremendously.

    Here's the requirments for WoW: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/faq/technology.html
    The Intel Extreme chips do not support T&L or Directx 9.0(in hardware), which the FX series cards do.
     
  4. bonesaw2009

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    so if i get the PCI FX5200/5500 it will run better then my 64 mb onboard vid card?
    i also play cs and wc3 will it effect them as well?
     
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    Yup, most games should run much better or at a better quality.. But it still won't be what most gamers would consider acceptable. But unfortunately there isn't too much you can really do short of buying a new motherboard and an AGP or PCI-Express video card.
     
  6. D0C_Hol1d@y

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    hold your horses everyone. Just PCI? No PCIe or PCI express? If you're talking regular PCI, I'm not so sure you're going to see that big of a difference. At least not worth the money of buying a new card.
     
  7. bonesaw2009

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    if i bought a new motherboard will everything still work?will it mess with my HD's c,f,and hp recovry D?
     
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    You will not be able to use the disks with your machine. you would have to get a new version of windows.
     
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    I can shed a bit more educated light on this, since I was in the exact same predicament not that long ago. My motherboard also has on-board Intel graphics (which sucks) and only PCI slots. (Yes, PCI, not PCI-E) I have used a few different cards in my search for a PCI solution that actually makes a difference. The Radeon 9200 series cards blow. Don't waste your time with those. But the nVidia cards are a great little performance boost and won't kill your wallet.

    My conclusion: as suggested by Triple6 in an earlier post, the FX 5200 or 5500 cards make a world of difference. I have a 5200 256 MB pci card that I use successfully to play alot of games at settings that are 'acceptable' to me. Self-proclaimed 'gamers' would laugh out loud at my archaic setup, but for what I can afford, it works great. I can play Medal of Honor Allied Assault and it's two expansion packs at 1024x768 at the highest graphics settings. Call of Duty and United Offensive are no problem as well. I can even play Star Wars: Battlefront II at medium settings, and that game just came out last year. Another bonus, these cards are very inexpensive. You can probably get one for about $50 or $60.

    Trust me, you WILL notice a nice difference in your game experiences by going to one of these cards instead of your onboard video.
     
  11. Darth_Denz

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    you'll have to reformat your hard drive & reinstall windows if you buy a new mother board...
     
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