Should I upgrade the graphics card?

  Divided_Loyalties 19:47 PM 28 May 11

I've got to the point that my PC has reached the end of its useful life. I had got hung up on turn based games so it survived. While it can play Civ V thats about it for recent releases. My uneducated guess is the graphics car is the most major of several issues.

Cash is pretty tight at the minute so I am hoping that £50-150 can get another year or two out of it. Then, when I have heating and doors, I can spend a bit more on a decent machine. The spec is:

Windows XP Pro (can replace with 7 from work); AMD Sempron 3100+ MMX 3DNow 1.8GHz; 1022MB RAM; DirectX 9.0c; NVIDIA Geforce 6600; Display Memory - 256MB.

Would it be worth upgrading the graphics card or is it effectively pointless. If yes, what would be recommended and fit the same slot.

Thanks in Advance


  rickf 10:50 AM 29 May 11

You need to increase the memory in the PC and yes a faster card would help. However, I would save the dosh and upgrade the whole PC to a quad core amd. Novatech has a selection of motherboard bundles or barebones which come with a case and PSU. Another point, would your present M/B take a new Graphics card configuration and would you have to more powerful PSU? Check the slot.


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