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Jordan03

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Hello,

I’m trying to decide if I should get a new video card or if I should get more ram.
I’m running Windows Vista, with 2 gigs of ram and have the Ge force FX 6150 LE onboard graphics card.

I never noticed how poorly my comp runs WoW until my gf bought her new PC a few weeks ago. Now I can’t enjoy the game because I really see the difference between her computer, and mine…15 FPS. :mad:

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Jordan03

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What does integrated or onboard graphics mean? Would my old Ge force fx 5500 card be better?
 

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It would probably be better from a graphics memory stand point,
but I think you will find that computer uses a PCI express bus
and an AGP card won't work.
Onboard or integrated means the video is built into the motherboard
and shares system memory.
You might want to find out if it has a PCI express X16 slot
and get a PCI express video card if it does.
 
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what give you that impression? geforce 6 series is old, it could very well be an old AGP motherboard, check inside the case AGP slots are very offset from PCI slots PCIe 16X is very close to being aligned but its longer. Colour mean nothing!
 

Jordan03

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Processor, Operating System and Memory Processor
AMD AthlonTM 64 X2 Dual-Core Processor 5000+
• 2.6GHz, 512KB+512KB L2 Cache, 2000MHz System Bus
Chipset
GeForce 6150 LE/nForce 430 Chipset
Standard memory
2048MB
Memory type
DDR2-SDRAM
Memory slots
4 DIMM (240-pin, DDR2) (two available)
Internal drives
Internal hard disk drive
400GB Serial ATA hard drive
Hard disk drive speed
(7200 rpm)

Video RAM
up to 256MB shared video memory
2 external optical drive bays, 1 internal HDD bay, 1 external HDD bay
External I/O ports
6 USB 2.0 ports (2 in front); 2 FireWire®-IEEE-1394 ports (1 in front)
Expansion slots
3 PCI slots (1 available) 1 PCI Express x16 Slot(z) (available)

My next question...what good pci (16) express vid cards would you all rec.?
I do some video editing and play wow...thats it.

Thanks again
 
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Just get rid of that crappy geforce PCI video card chipset, and get one of those nice series 8+ cards!!! :D
 
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Theres a few hundred out there, i dont think an 8600 would be nessercery, you have to have a half decent PSU... and its a bit of overkill for what he wants done (especially a GTS), i know a mate who played WoW with a 64mb integrated piece of rubbish by Intel and he could get a good 20fps in cities, es lucky though :) and my card on this computer is a Radoen X200 very old card but it ran WoW smoothly at around 30-35fps

take a look at this list and see what you like, and the price you like (dont forget to tell us what you are going to choose so we can tell you a bit about it first)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...2010380048 1069609641&bop=And&Order=BESTMATCH
 

Jordan03

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I now have a better understanding of what I need as far as a video card. :)
However, after reading some of the system requirements for some of these cards, I'm starting to think I need a new power supply. The one I have installed currently is 300 watts (the min. requirement for even low end cards.)
So the next question is, should I stretch the power supply I have to its limit, or invest in something with more power? If so how much power is reasonable?

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Jordan03

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GeForce 9500 GT 512MB

This caught my eye, and wanted everyone's thoughts.

Low power consumption, decent gaming performance, and budget friendly.
(or so the review had said)


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how low is low power? you power supply isnt just 300W its probably got a bit of power on other rails, what we are interested is the 12V rail as that's the one that power most things. a 9 series card no doubt would push your PSU to the limit
 

Jordan03

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Not sure, I just remember reading "low power consumption."

I'm going to look for the website and link it here.
 

Jordan03

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what we are interested is the 12V rail as that's the one that power most things. a 9 series card no doubt would push your PSU to the limit
Where would I find this information? On the psu itself? perhaps a sticker.
 
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yea its written on the PSU take a look at Nvidia's site and look at what the card needs too. Also tell us what brand the PSU is a cheap one can cause problems when under load
 
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