I have an older machine with 2.4 ghz pentium 4 single processor, probably agp graphics but the card is a geForce 3. It has 1 gb memory and about 250 watts power supply.
Is there some net resource that has article walking someone like me through the choices I have to make to upgrade to a medium powerful modern graphics system? I want to do this myself and spend under $250 if possible. Beyond that point it becomes cheaper to just buy a newer box on ebay, I would think.
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It should work if you have other recomendations
Supported OS: Windows XP (only)
Processor: 3 Ghz Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon 3000 (3.5 Ghz Pentium 4 or Athlon 3500 recommended) - Game optimized for dual-processor-enabled computers.
RAM: 1 GB (1.5 GB recommended)
Video Card: DirectX 9.0c-compliant, Shader 3.0-enabled 128 MB video card (256 MB recommended) (see supported list*)
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible (EAX recommended) ? PC audio solution containing Dolby Digital Live required for Dolby Digital audio.
DirectX Version: 9.0c or higher (9.0c included on disc)
DVD-ROM: 4x CD-ROM or faster
Hard Drive Space: 8 GB
Peripherals Supported: Mouse, keyboard
Multiplay: Broadband connection with 128 kbps upstream or faster
Assuming you mean a bad framerate and not actual 'lag', the problem
would appear to exist in your processor, as it is old and outdated. and
only just fits the minimum requirements to RUN THE GAME, not run the
Answer: You should upgrade your CPU to a Pentium Dual-core at least. WoW System Requirements Processor:Minimum: Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+ Recommended: Dual-core processor, such as the Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
Memory:Minimum: 512 MB RAM (1GB for Vista users) Recommended: 1 GB RAM (2 GB for Vista users)
Video:Minimum: 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting with 32 MB VRAM
Such as an ATI Radeon 7200 or NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or better Recommended: 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability with 128 MB VRAM
Such as an ATI Radeon X1600 or NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GT class card or better
The chips to which you refer are incompatible with respect to the socket used for each as well as the fact that Core duo and Pentium 4 1.5 GHz chips are from separate generations, the latter having been obsolescent since 2003. Therefore, there is no single motherboard that supports both, and the Pentium 4, Socket 478 boards can be obtained from various aftermarket sources.
Here is an example of the kind of board you need for your Pentium 4.
$11 to $290
from 21 sellers 3 reviews ATA-100, Serial ATA-150, 0 MB / 4 GB (max), DDR SDRAM, Intel 865G, 4 x USB
Prepare for the future with the Intel Desktop Board D865GBF, a platform
that is truly a generation ahead. This ATX board features
next-generation processor, dual-channel DDR400 memory support,
integrated Intel Extreme Graphics 2, an AGP 8X slot, 8 USB 2.0 ports,
integrated 6-channel audio and next-generation storage device support. FEATURES AND BENEFITS Support
for the Intel Pentium 4 processors featuring Hyper-Threading Technology
and 800-MHz system bus in the mPGA478-pin package. Also supports the
Intel Pentium 4 processors (1.60a, 1.80a, 2a, 2.20 GHz or higher) with
533-MHz or 400-MHz system bus in the mPGA478 package. Intel 865G Chipset featuring Intel Extreme Graphics 2 using Dynamic Video Memory Technology (DVMT). Low-cost, high-performance graphics solution. Dual-Channel
DDR400 SDRAM support: Four DIMM sockets designed to support up to 4 GB
of DDR400 SDRAM memory (also supports DDR333 and DDR266). Flexible
support for either single- or dual-channel operation. AGP 8X/4X graphics interface: Flexibility to upgrade via a high-end AGP graphics card. SATA150
and Ultra ATA100 connectors: Flexible support of new-generation SATA150
(2 ports) and current generation ATA (2 channels) storage devices.
While the board for your Core Duo is widely available now
Intel Pentium® III, AMD™ Duron or Athlon™ class processor or higher 128MB system RAM A 300W system power supply An AGP 2.0 (or higher) compliant motherboard 50MB of available hard disk space CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive Microsoft® Windows® 98, ME, 2000, XP, or Windows® VGA or DVI-I compatible monitor This is what you need for graphic card to work!!! Its very good card!!!