I am trying to pllay Fallout3. I think I need a better video/graphics card..I know nothing about computers really.
How do I know what card to get and if its compatable?
Fallout 3 doesnt deen an expensive graphics card to run, its a 2 year old game which will run on a cheap card like a Radeon 4650 or an NVidia 9600 GT. Please post your system specs and I can advise what is the best course of action
You should take the side of the machine and take a peek! It will likely give info on the side of the PSU as to how many watts it can supply and how many volts there are on the 3, 5 and 12 volt rails. This is the info we need to figure out if your existing PSU is capable of powering a newer graphics card.
The Radeon 200 series chipset is likely built in to your motherboard. If there is a free PCI Express slot then this is very promising. You could buy a Radeon 4650 card, which are passive cards (do not require any power other than the 75 watts supplies through the PCI Express slot itself) for not very much money. I put one in a work computer about 3 weeks ago and it cost only £30 GBP = $45 USD.
Most brand name PC boxes come with weak power supplies with the exception of the high end models. At this point in time without any further info my recommendation would be either the HD 5570 or the HD 5670. I'm leaning more towards the HD 5570 because it uses less power.
The HD 5570 is roughly as powerful as the older HD 4670 and should do well with Fallout 3 up to 1680 x 1050. However, your CPU is rather slow compared to modern CPUs and will limit your gaming performance a bit.
lol its ok I will just get a 5670 and see if that works...thank you so much for your help. Oh and I can only have 2 GB of Ram so Ive already ordered more just waiting for it to get here. Planning on getting a new PC in a few weeks just got some other things to take care of first. Thanks again for your help