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What graphics cards can this computer support?

TrumandrummerTrumandrummer Taylor Michigan Icrontian
edited Nov 2008 in Hardware
Ok me and my friend were playing left 4 dead and his computer would on run it on medium settings... and lag on high. This is because of his graphics card. He has 3gb of ram, an AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ 2.60 GHZ processor, but only a Geforce 8300 GS video card.

The computer that I am on has 3gb of ram and an intel core 2 duo with only 1.6ghz, but an 8800gts and it runs the game all the way up with ease....

So I know its the graphics card, and he wants to upgrade, but I do not know what his motherboard can support. Ive ran specs tests with "everest" but when I click motherboard, it says unknown, so I don't even know what motherboard is in here, to even begin looking it up.

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  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited Nov 2008
    Do you know the interface for the card? PCI-e or AGP?

    If he has a 5000+ then I assume it is AM2 with DDR2, do you at least know that?
  • TrumandrummerTrumandrummer Taylor Michigan Icrontian
    edited Nov 2008
    No I don't know :(, is there any way for me to find out?
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited Nov 2008
    Yea..... have you heard of CPU-z? It will tell you what type of ram.

    Download it here: http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

    You want to look at the memory tab, top left corner.

    That will also tell you the mobo.. just click the Mainboard tab.

    Better yet.. post both tabs here.
  • TrumandrummerTrumandrummer Taylor Michigan Icrontian
    edited Nov 2008
    O sorry I thought you were asking if his video memory was ddr2..... here ya go

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  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited Nov 2008
    He might be running slow because of Single Channel.

    He would get better memory performance if he only ran 2GB of ram.

    Also.. PCI-e is the type of Vid card. You can put an Nvidia GTX280 or an ATI 4870 or 4870X2 if you want.

    Just make sure you have a PSU to power it :)
  • TrumandrummerTrumandrummer Taylor Michigan Icrontian
    edited Nov 2008
    Wow, it can support a GTX280, awesome. Hes looking at getting a 9800 GX2, im guessing it will support this too?

    uhh how good does the PSU have to be to handle this card? I didn't even think about this. lol

    thanks a lot for the help.:D
  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi Icrontian
    edited Nov 2008
    GTX280 or 9800GX2, he best be running a Quality 600 to 700W PSU.

    He might get away with a 550, but it can't be a 40 dollar one.
  • TrumandrummerTrumandrummer Taylor Michigan Icrontian
    edited Nov 2008
    alright cool,
    he will probably get a new PSU and a 9800GX2
    thanks a lot for the help :D
  • LeonardoLeonardo Wake up and smell the glaciers Eagle River, Alaska Icrontian
    edited Nov 2008
    he will probably get a new PSU and a 9800GX2
    Ryder's advice on the PSU was rock solid. He will have problems a high powered (power hungry, unfortunately) video card if the PSU is not a quality unit. Total wattage does NOT tell the whole story. You might want to check in here at the forums once you guys have picked a PSU, but before you've bought it.
  • edited Nov 2008
    yip... most mainboards (all as far as i know) that runs on DDR2 RAM supports PCI-E Graphics adapters
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