Hi....Firstly, if this is in the wrong place I apologise. I am trying to establish which graphics card I can upgrade to on my sons p.c. for better results when he is gaming....he plays online and suffers with lag ....He has a Compaq computer with a ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series graphics card....here are a couple of pics of what I belive is a PCI-E slot???? (a am not a PC boffin so go easy on me) Can he put a better graphics card in this slot and if so, which type? Thanks in advance for any help :-)
that is a pci-e slot im pretty sure. he may need more than just a new video card, a compaq is not really a strong gaming computer=]....graphics cards require things, like amount of memory,procesor speed,and a certain windows version. basically it would be better if u could provide more info on this computer if u can lol. and what games he is trying to play. but jsut off expierence and everything i would go for a bfg tech geforce 7600 gt oc. they go for about 150 ish on the internet with a 40 dollar rebate or so. (www.newegg.com) hope this helps =]
Buy a DX10 Card, the 8800's are nice, but id think about a better base system to start from then a Compaq
Do you really think someone with a Compaq will be able to afford an 8800? It's not exactly a brand that suggests you carry your wallet in a seperate vehicle.
But yeah, by the looks of things that's PCI-E 16x, and as waffles said a 7600GT is a decent card for a relatively low price.
Seeing as how I don't believe that there is an AGP version of the Xpress 200, I too am relatively certain that the picture that you have provided us is one of a PCI Express slot.
The two posters of the two posts above me have expressed some negative comments about Compaq computers, but it is rash to make such a negative judgment of your son's computer, until we know all of that computer's specifications. If you would be kind enough to inform us of: -What processor does the computer use, and how fast is it (how many gigahertz does it have)? -How much ram does it have? -What is the operating system (it's probably Windows XP)?
However, it did interest me to know that you state that your son has terrible lag when he plays online games. Keep in mind that in game lag/suturing can be caused not only by a poor graphics card, but also by a slow internet connection. Try seeing if the games that his plays online have a single player mode that doesn't require him to play the game online. Have him play the single player mode, and see if he still is experiencing the lag. Out of curiosity what game(s) is/are he playing when he has this problem, and what is the type of internet connection you have (Cable, Dial-up, or DSL)?
As for the video card itself; the Xpress200 is a pretty lousy graphics solution. So even if it isn't the Xpress200 that is causing the problem, you ought to replace it anyway.
I would get him an Nvidia 7600GT, here's the hyper link for information on it: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814130062
That would last him a year and half to two years.
That's my two cents on your question. I don't want to tell you to ignore the two posts above this one, but, 'iamwaffles' and 'goonerman1' are both a tad new here (I'm not bashing either of you), and I don't think that they phrased what they said in the way that will help you the most.
But the best thing is to get more opinions. I'm sure one of the other regular techs will weigh in on your question.
If you find anything at all confusing (this stuff is pretty darn technical after all), feel free to ask more questions.
Thanks for your help so far....as I said, I am asking on behalf of my Son and I'm no technical whizz...here is what I have found so far....not sure where to look for the other info Windows xp AMD Sempron Processor 1.79 Ghz 448MD of Ram Hope this will help a little more Oh...the game he is having most problems with is City of Heroes/Villians Thx :-)
A 7600gt is probably the best bang for buck you can buy at the moment but you could help his lag with a bit more Ram too, itd be worth the extra 30 quid.
Hi...thanks for that....how do I tell if the Motherboard is compatable???
goonerman1;3381774Hi....Firstly, if this is in the wrong place I apologise. I am trying to establish which graphics card I can upgrade to on my sons p.c. for better results when he is gaming....he plays online and suffers with lag ....He has a Compaq computer with a ATI Radeon Xpress 200 series graphics card....here are a couple of pics of what I belive is a PCI-E slot???? (a am not a PC boffin so go easy on me) Can he put a better graphics card in this slot and if so, which type? Thanks in advance for any help :-)
my buddy gone one of those E computer much like this one but it was not a MS Motherboard like this one is but we smacked a nvidia 6600 128 pcie and a Xfi music cards in to it and it sings (remember to redo the computers OS with out the compaq crap installed (IE all those 30day trials thay give you)
the 6600 will run about 60-70$ USD and the Xfi is up to you it is 150 about
Getting a better sound card is hardly the most efficient way to improve the performance of that PC. A 7600GT like some of us suggested (and Marvin linked to) and some RAM would work wonders.