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Computer Freezing I am not sure if this is a motherboard problem or possibly a graphics card problem or what, I am quite the noob when it comes to this stuff. I play a few online games WoW and Warhammer. I would occasionally have problems with lock ups on WoW (have been playing for over 3 years) but now it locks up almost instantly when I begin playing. Also I have not been able to play Warhammer for more than 3 min at a time without lock up. Tried all the fixes suggested by the support for both games except, one suggested I upgrade my video card. They feel that it may not be advanced enough for all the graphics in the game. I guess my real question is how do I figure out what new cards my motherboard will accept? Any other advice would be greatly appreciated also.

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  • boodit Oct 29, 2008

    Thanks *****, I will try the memory stick first if no success I will try a new graphics card. I forgot to include the current card/type in my last post: PCI-Express GeForce 6600 512MB DVI/TVOut. If I try to up grade my graphics card as long as it is a pci card with additional memory I don't have to worry about too much else? Thanks for the prompt responce and I will let you know how it goes.



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I have built several gaming computers and if I had your problem, the first thing I would try is to add a stick of memory.Then I would get me a graphics card with some memory built on the board (256 meg). You motherboard should run a pci graphics card with no problem.

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

  • butch welch Oct 29, 2008

    Ahaaaa man, Being a pcix card with 500 meg, It should run just about anything you throw at it.. Good choice.



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Graphics cards use memory separately from the system memory mounted on the motherboard. Some graphics cards use the more typical DDR standard, though it's permanently attached to the graphics card circuitboard, while others use the new GDDR standard.

For the most part, the internals of the graphics card aren't relevant to the rest of the computer it's all about the connection slot.What Is DDR Memory?

DDR, or "Double Data Rate," is the standardized random access memory format for most desktop and laptop computers.
DDR RAM comes in different generational standards: DDR, DDR2, DDR3 and the newer DDR4.

RAM chips, known as DIMMs, come in only one format, as do the DIMM slots on motherboards, so a DDR3-compatible motherboard memory slot can accept only DDR3 RAM DIMMs RAM that uses an earlier or later standard is incompatible.
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Most importantly, GDDR memory is integrated into the graphics card and cannot be removed. Some older graphics cards use DDR, DDR2 and DDR3 memory, but this is also integrated into the card.

Graphics cards of varying power come with different kinds of RAM as of the date of publication, most cards feature GDDR4 or GDDR5 memory

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Discrete desktop graphics cards are mounted inside a computer case and plugged directly into the motherboard.

Three standard connections are used for graphics cards: PCI-Express (the most common and powerful), PCI and AGP.

It is this connection that determines how much data can be shared between the graphics card and the other system components, such as the CPU, the system RAM and the hard drive.

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Was wondering if it can be replaced with a better graphics card

This depends, mspolar1.

Depends on;

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Desktop computers may, or may not, come with Integrated Graphics.
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(Graphics adapter card is also referred to as a Graphics Card, or Video Card)

Desktop computers that Do come with Integrated Graphics, will also have a graphics expansion slot to install a graphics card in.

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[ Chip and Chipset are slang terms for I.C.
Integrated Circuit,

A graphics chip has a GPU on it, ]

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To keep things simple, I'll say this:

You can fit any video card in there as long as it's for a PCI-E x16 slot, which is a lot better than say, the old school AGP slots.

The possible not-so-good news is that it's not PCI-E 2.0 x16 compatible, which rules out most of the newer cards. Is a great place to buy computer parts, as they usually have some nice deals on there. I built the computer I'm typing this on from there, so I've been a customer.

One of the great things about the site is the way you can filter things down, and by slot type is one of your choices that video card is probably the best one they have, and it's pretty cheap compared to newer cards. Don't expect to play the newest games on there, as this isn't all too great of a card.

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