Hello, I am looking to get into some of the newer games out there on the market and in order to do so I need a new graphics card for my computer. I currently have a NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400. I was looking at different graphics cards and I see alot of them say they need a certain type of port, I think it is something like PCI Express. How can I check whether or not I have that port without buying a graphics card and doing trial and error? Sorry if alot of my descriptions arn't the most helpful. I know if I go into the properties of my current graphics card it says PCI bus 1.
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Most mo/boards now have integrated graphics. If you look on the board you will see several empty slots, one of those is a PCIe slot (if you have a newer board) and a video card inserts into that slot. So you need to buy a new video card, install it and install the drivers off the CD that comes with the card. Usually instructions come with the card on how to install, it's not difficult. Before you buy, find out what kind of slots you have and do your homework. If you have a really old board the new cards may not install on it. Here is are several examples of video cards: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202011
I assume you mean one of the newer Prince of Persia released in 2008. You will need a graphics card to play this game; there is no way around this. If you have a laptop, there's usually no way to upgrade the graphics card (unless you have an Alienware or other boutique laptop). If you have a desktop, a graphics card upgrade is relatively inexpensive and easy.
It means that your video card isn't powerful enough to run the game. The newest video cards out are DirectX 10.1 or higher. The newer the the game, the more powerful the graphics card has to be to run the game correctly. If you have a laptop then it won't be so easy to upgrade the video card as they are usually integrated into the motherboard. If you have a desktop, then you should be able to upgrade. Just be sure that you order a graphics card that is compatible with your motherboard.
Time for a video card upgrade. You are now two (almost 3) generations of video cards behind.If you are truly referring to a VooDoo card, you definitely need to upgrade to something newer. If the game you are trying to play says you must have a DirectX 9.0c compatible card, you will need to get a new video card. The good news is that just about any card you can buy new would be at least DirectX 9c compatible. The bad news is, I am guessing your card is PCI card. That being the case, you will be hard pressed to find a new one for sale.
that one will go a long away, you should be able to keep the powersupply even if you decide to upgrade the cpu/memory and the motherboard, making it a brand new computer, the powersupply has enought juice to power it.
Asus is a Solid MotherBoard manufacturer of mother boards. If you are looking for an add-on graphics card (I'm assuming you want to do some gaming), You would want to upgrade the memory for that motherboard to at least 1GIG which can be found here.
Graphics cards wise, I wouldn't advise anything higher then a $100 card... As that motherboard only supports 4x AGP (The type of connection your video card would use) and to get more for what you pay for, you really need a motherboard with an 8x AGP slot to get 100% of what you pay for. A Radeon 9950 at around $92 is the most you would want to put into a system that currently has a p4 2.66 ghz.
if you want a graphics card to handle any games you will need to upgrade to a 512mb one. the 128mb you are using will have lots of issues with the newer games. some of the top games will free with the card when you purchase a new graphics card.
Not every computer is the same, but many times you can disable your integrated graphics by going into the BIOS setup and disabling the onboard graphics. This is not necessary, even if you plan to upgrade.
when i read the system specs it says it only has PCI expansion slots. I regret to inform you your computer is very limited in its ability to expand, basically you will not be able to upgrade to render graphics for more 3d applications especially newer games. you need at least one AGP port or PCI Express. However if you absolutely want the best available for PCI you can purchase a RADEON 9000 PCI edition. It can handle most older 3d games or apps and it will work on your computer. All you have to do is plug it in to any PCI slot and install the software that come with the device, and voila.
There would be little problem upgrading the ram, however I can almost guarantee that the graphics is not upgradable. I would need to know more about the graphics hardware is in the computer. (i.e. integraded, graphics card, manufacturer, etc).