Upgrading my computers graphic card for playing games.
My motherboard is mecury P4VM800M7 i need to whether i could attach graphic card for this model? and if yes name those and which is best suited for the mainboard!! and i would also like to knw whether if i buy this graphic card, wil it be useful to attach it to my new motherboard if i happen to buy new one?wont this graphic card go waste is i buy a new motherboard?
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Your board has an AGP slot not the newer PCIe display adapter slot.
The best card is an XFX Nvidia 6200 or an EVGA Nvidia 6200 these are the brand names.
They support Direct X 9.1 but would have some trouble with some of the latest game titles coming out.
To replace the motherboard would also require you to get a new CPU, RAM and Power Supply to support the PCIe Display Adapter you would want. The total cost of this would run you near $400 should you decide to go mid range in quality.
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Yes I see that your computer is not powerful enough to play games currently. This can be achieved by installing a Graphics card. A PCI-E graphics card should do the trick. If you want to play simple games then you could go for a small graphics card. However if you want to play the latest games then you will need a very large graphics card and a new processor. Maybe a Core2Duo and an ENGT240 for example.
Visit a computer store and have a look around. Talk to them about upgrading your computer.
Some games will work fine with the on-board graphics card, but the newer and/or more powerful games require a more powerful graphics card. These will not run unless you install a good graphics card in your machine. Sorry.
You can buy a video card and use it on this board. You need to buy a video card with a PCI connection.
If you are planning on buying a new motherboard, I would not go and buy a video card. The newer boards use a PCI Express 2.0 X16 connection and you would be better off buying a newer card to accompany that new motherboard
if you have a old PC then upgrading the graphics card alone will not get your computer up to date to play 2011 games, you might need to buy a whole new 2011 computer. Go online and do a system requirement test of the game you are willing to download or buy and play.
I would start by upgrading the video card, because it is most likely the problem. Also try lowering the quality settings within the games themselves to increase performance. RAM also plays a factor in games, these days 2GB of RAM and up is ideal for gaming.
Many of the onboard graphics solutions are not able to handle a majority of the popular games on the market today. Motherboard manufactures know this and so don't put too much thought into upgrading the onboard solutions, being that a great majority of avid gamers would by a graphics card anyway.
My first thought is to buy yourself a graphics card. You probably wont need anything overly special (although I am not sure of how much you may play games) but for decent beginner cards, they run you anywhere from $20-$80 these days. For a little more say ~$100, you can get yourself a decent card that can play most games on the market today. However, do take in mind what your motherboard can actually handle as far as slots go (PCI, AGP, PCI-E).