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I need a graphics card, mainly for gaming I've looked all over the internet but couldnt find anything here are my computer specs Processor: Intel Celeron D 2.25Ghz RAM: 1.5GB Microsoft Windows XO media Centre Edition Current Graphics Card: Intel 82845G Graphics Controller I THINK i have a AGP 3.3V 2x slot what is the best graphics card? thanks

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Depends on how much money you have to spend. The very best card will be ££££££ (or $$$$$ don't know where you are!).

The Intel graphics controller you mention is a chip on your mainboard that although fine for general use isn't going to cut it for gaming. It also uses some of your RAM so getting a "proper" card will free that ram up which is a good thing. Here's what I would do:

  1. Confirm the type of slot you have on your mainboard.
  2. Decide how much you want to spend.
  3. Read the many magazine and online reviews of cards.

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