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replaceable, upgradeable graghics card?
    #3484887 - 12/12/04 02:54 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Hi everybody,

I'm a little ignorant about computers, and I'm hoping somebody can help me.


My sister wants a used computer which she can use to sell custom made glass bead jewelry on the net. It will need to be able to interface with a digi cam. I figure any Pentium II or III would work for her, but her husband wants the computer to also have a graphics card which he can upgrade so that he can play new video games.

Is this a legitimate concern anymore? I know back in the day of Pentium ones and earlier it was.

And how do I tell if a used computer has a replaceable graphics card or not?


Thanks for any help with this.


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Re: replaceable, upgradeable graghics card? [Re: shroomydan]
    #3484964 - 12/12/04 03:28 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

well if your sister's husband wants to play video games, a good graphics won't help much if you have a slow processor. If its for gaming, look for an athlon XP or pentium 4.
As for upgrading the graphic card, a really old one might have on-board video, but newer computers all have a separate graphics card that you can pull out and put in another one.
If you want to know if it has an actual graphics card, look at the back of the case.


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Re: replaceable, upgradeable graghics card? [Re: daussaulit]
    #3485809 - 12/12/04 01:04 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Thanks for the reply daussaulit.

So if I find a pentium II or III will it have a seperate graphics card?


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Re: replaceable, upgradeable graghics card? [Re: shroomydan]
    #3489900 - 12/13/04 08:04 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Hi shroomydan,

You need to look at the computer spec sheet
or motherboard spec's for that matter.
as long as it has an AGP(accelerated graphics port)
your good to go.. I think now they are 4x and 8x..
Or you can always install a PCI(peripheral component interface)
video card, although not cutting edge like AGP's they make some
powerful enough to game well. AGP is the way to go for serious gamers.

find the computer model your looking to buy and PM me the name and # I'll look it up for you... Nofindum....


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Re: replaceable, upgradeable graghics card? [Re: nofind_um]
    #3491411 - 12/13/04 03:28 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

If it has an integrated vido card then you can not upgrade.


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Re: replaceable, upgradeable graghics card? [Re: KrazieH8er]
    #3491634 - 12/13/04 04:16 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

you can, however, buy a new video card and use that one instead.


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Re: replaceable, upgradeable graghics card? [Re: shroomydan]
    #3492066 - 12/13/04 05:32 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

i agree with daus, an inexpensive PII or 3 can reasonably handle photo management and internet browsing, but the technology of video games nowadays are more demanding. If he wants to play modern games, an inexpensive video card can be bought (at most $75), but for cutting edge video game technology, an impressive video card is required to meet their minimum specs, and a P4. Video card technology has made great advances recently, and buying a new card with a P4 is basicly universal for a good amount of time.
Personally I'm upgrading from a pathetic GeForce4 MX420 to their new $200 GeForce 6600 GT AGP (trust me, my puter can handle this). I wish I could upgrade my entire setup for their PCI Express graphics cards, but I'm still patient for P5 to come out.

My suggestion is a P4 (atleast 2.4GHz) based system with a ATI Radeon 9800 videocard to be sensible. Whatever you do, don't get as mentioned onboard (integrated) video (example, Intel Extreme), they're simply a pain in the ass to upgrade if possible. Remember, RAM memory is equally important for gaming!


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Re: replaceable, upgradeable graghics card? [Re: Mrbadguy]
    #3494063 - 12/13/04 10:16 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Thanks for the replies everybody, very informative. I havn't played games on a computer since I bought my first one, a Pentium 120mhz.

The P4 setup is a little out of my price range Mrbadguy. It sounds like your having fun with it though.

I'll keep an eye out for that AGP nofind_um. If I have a question I will PM you.

Thanks again. :laugh:


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Re: replaceable, upgradeable graghics card? [Re: shroomydan]
    #3510588 - 12/16/04 09:23 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Go to Walmart web page get a $200 Microtel PC and put a decent card in it. You'll have a modern computer that will play games for $300.


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