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What Graphics Card Can/Should i get?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ChemicalMonkey, Nov 4, 2007.

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  1. ChemicalMonkey

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    I got vista and stuck it on my pc, only to find out that now my 125 dollar video card is useless (according to tech support anyways, shows its working fine in the device manager)

    So, whats the best PCI Slot Graphics card can i get for my pc?

    HP Pavilion a305w
    Intel Celeron 2.69GHz
    759 MB Ram
    32 Bit OS (Windows Vista Basic)
    ATI Radeon 9250 (Primary and Secondary)
     
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  3. ChemicalMonkey

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    Oh....forgot to add its got to be Halo 2 compatible lol

    would this card work? Here
     
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    It will work, but just barely. You would have to turn the settings down real low, and even then your framerate will probably be low.

    I doubt any PCI card will be able to run Halo 2 very well at all.

    Are you sure your motherboard doesn't have a AGP/PCI-E slot?
     
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    You really shouldn't be running Vista on that machine.
    XP is faster for games (and everything else), so go back to it if you can.
    No matter which OS you use, you're not going to play games very well with a PCI card.
     
  7. ChemicalMonkey

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    Vista runs better then XP on it, and the games do as well, idk but they just do...

    But yah...ill most likely be upgrading the motherboard soon if its not to expensive, if it is to expensive then ill have to either ebay halo 2 or get a card off it and live with the low quality lol
     
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    If you want to go something modern you'd actually need to scrap the whole existing system. Replacing the mainboard with a non HP board will void your current HP OEM Windows XP license.
     
  9. ChemicalMonkey

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    :| You dont read well do you...i dont use XP lol i got vista, besides, it has the recovery drive as well
     
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    OK, well the same applies. That license is only valid while you use an HP motherboard, if you swap motherboards you are legally required to purchase a new license.
    The Recovery Partition may also stop functioning if the motherboard is changed. Generally when you swap motherboards Windows fails to boot and a repair install or fresh install is required, something that may not be possible with a Recovery Partition.
     
  11. ChemicalMonkey

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    Never thought of that...ill get a cheap *** Geforce 6200, if it doesnt work on it then ill just wait till i get a new pc or ill just ebay off halo 2 and a few other games i got.

    Civ 4 + Beyond The Sword and Genesis Rising if anyones interested
     
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