I really want a new Graphic card...and I want the best...But I don't know alot about these things...
My computer is about a year to a year and a half old 2.93 GHz 80 Gig HD 512 RAM
I think it's a hewlit packard
I've already put a GeForce in it...but my games don't look that much better... PS I do not have PCI express.
If you do not have PCI-E then you're screwed really. The best you can get is a GeForce 7800GS (like the one in my sig, incidentally). It's a decent enough card but if you want the best then you'll be disappointed with it. Runs everything I play just fine though.
You'll also be wanting 2gb of RAM because otherwise it'll perform like shit regardless of what graphics card you put in.
PS - I'm assuming that you have AGP (because you don't have PCI-E). If you don't have either, and you only have the older PCI slots you are truly screwed.
Assuming you have an AGP slot, I would buy a 7600GT if I were you. Good enough card with cheap enough price. Buying a 7800GS, which is getting rare and is barely better than a 7600GT, is not a good idea, and neither is buying a X800 or X850 series card (those don't have PS3.0, which is important now.)
Yes...I think it is AGP from what I've been told.
And yeah...I seriously need more ram..shouldn't be too expensive
So that means I have to upgrade the Mother board right...what am I looking at?
PS I'm not looking to go cheap either. I have Autocad and numerous other rendering programs...I need something that will bring out the brillance in my designs...and allow me to work faster along with gaming spactcular.
If you're going to upgrade motherboard, RAM and graphics card then I'd get a Core 2 Duo as well. It seems pointless to get all of that and then use what is presumably a mediocre P4.
At least that way (with the addition of a case, drives and a PSU) you basically have two PCs rather than a PC and a box of bits that you can't use.
dual....who? How much is that... wait let me guess very expensive
Give me some details...am I talking a whole new computer here or a mother board...how much is it.
Well the way you're going, you'll be wanting a new motherboard, more RAM and a graphics card. Which is almost all the expensive parts of a system anyway, aside from the processor (which is what a Core 2 Duo is).
Core 2 Duos start at around $180 US.
Not bad at all...1804
400$ GRAHPIX CARD say 75% or something bucks for a gig of ram..
That's not bad at all.
You want 2gb really, so it'll be more like this:
Mobo - $100 or so CPU - $180-200 RAM - $200-250 Graphics card - whatever
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820227139 is some decent RAM, and the price isn't bad especially with the rebate. Just remember that is DDR2 memory that I am recommending for a Core 2 Duo setup. If you do something else then you may need different memory so please check with us first.
Your other choices,
1. Keep your existing CPU, in which case you're looking at the same sort of cost minus the $180-$200 for the processor.
2. Keep your existing CPU and motherboard, in which case you can forget the cost of the motherboard and processor but you will only be able to get a 7800GS, which will cost about $250. Plus some money for RAM, still.
YOu've been alot of help...thanx...