My Computer is pissing me off because its so crapy i only have around $200
and i cant decide if i should buy a mother board or graphics card
Intel Celeron 2.8 Ghz
Intergrated Graphics card
512 Ram but reduced to 448 cause intergrated graphics uses 64 mb
256KB L2 cache
His PC looks like a Dell with Intel Graphics. Chances are he cannot add more RAM as this PC only as 2 RAM slots. To get a Gig of RAM he will need to throw away his 256x2 and get 512x2. Beyond his budget if he replaces the video card as well.
Tough luck, brother. It does not look like you will have much luck upgrading this thing for $200.
Also keep in mind that if you replace your motherboard it is almost guaranteed that you will have to format your hard drive and reinstall Windows and all of your software - a major pain in the neck if you ask me.
So the best you can do is change your video card. Just make sure that it will fit in your case. If your PC is not a tower but rather a slim desktop you will have much difficulty finding a quality card that can fit in it.
Finally, check your power supply. If I am right and it IS a Dell (or some other brand name PC) your power supply is likely to be a 200 or 250W one. It will most likely be inadequate to power the cards prozac26 suggested above. My girlfriend had problems with her Dell Dimension 4400 and Radeon 9800 Pro. Once I replaced the original power supply with a 350W one stability seems good and artifacting seems to have disappeared.
my friend you are slightly better off then me, i have a pentium 3. my advise is start saving your pennies like i am and get something at xmas. if that is not possible then i agree get a radeon 9800, your cpu is a massive bottleneck not to mention the ram.
You need to open the PC and most likely you need to take out the power supply unless the label is visible once you open the PC case. There could be one or two power ratings listed on the label. If there is only one then you have to go with that. If there are two they will look something like this:
- Maximum (or Peak) output
- Sustained (or Continuous) output
What you are interested in is Sustained (or Continuous).
Slackard Hell, eh? I remember in the old days those things had very small and proprietary PSUs that couldn't take much in the way of upgrades. See what you've got, as your wattage budget may be worse than your dollar budget.
A 6600 will not need an additional power connector, and will be a lot better than the integrated slop you have. I just saw one referenced in another topic (Leadtek, I think) that was $50 at newegg. Make sure the integrated card can be disabled, and note that it still may eat RAM even when not functioning.
You're at the bare minimum on RAM as it is, so an upgrade there, if possible, will really help.
The manufacturer's web site may have specifications for your machine. Do NOT use the model name. There should be a tag with info like Service Tag Number or Manufacturer's Part Number or something like that which identifies your specific machine. If you are lucky you will find out what's in it exactly.
eBay is a good place to start looking for deals. You should be able to pick up both 1GB of RAM and a 9800Pro for about $200 total. It may not be high-end RAM, most likely value type RAM, but 1GB is definately better than 512MB. You could turn around and sell you 512MB on eBay to make up some of the cost.
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oh and can you find the thing i should be looking for on the webpage http://packardbell.com
it isnt a very helpful site
Oh, man... don't you have any wit? Go to the Support section. Then select your country. Then enter your PC's serial number. Why do you need to ask this instead of spending a few minutes at the site and figuring it out?
God, MAN! I told you in one of my previous posts that you SHOULD NOT use your PC's model to identify it and the web site is asking specifically for the Serial Number. There is even a link to help you find it. If your country is not listed, pick a neighboring country. If your PC was bought in another country (which seems to be the case) choose that country. If none of this applies to your situation then I am afraid I cannot help you any further. you will have to get to your power supply inside your case and read the label.
just looked at your PC's specs... it's not wonderful indeed...
about your video card, almost any recent AGP card will certainly do better. what about 7600GS ? it doesn't seem to consume too much power (less than a 6600GT, at least), and is not too expensive.what do you guys think of it ? or maybe something a bit lower, but I don't know about those models.
anyway, even a $10 Ti4200 at ebay might do better than your integrated SiS
about ram, your PC used to have only one 256MB module... so I suppose there's no dual channel support on it (they wouldn't put only one module on a dual channel mobo, would they ?). if there is no dual channel, you could at least buy one 512MB module, and replace one of the 256MB... you'd have 768MB,and if you can add a video card, it will free the shared 64MB.