I have just been handed a Dell E310. I am trying to get the most I can out of this machine. I have upgraded the Memory to 2Gig. My question is with the video. Would I have any improvements if I upgrade the video with a PCI 256 MB card (I have a spare)?? It currently has onboard graphics - Intel GMA 900 with Dynamic Video Memory Technology 3.0 and only PCI or PCIe x1 slots. I do not game. I do video and photo editing, and general use.
I recently put a PCI GeForce 6200 256 /64 into a Dell 310 who's integrated video had puked out. While it did work they saw no improvement between it and the old integrated video while playing games like World of Warcraft (nearly the same fps at same settings in same areas). At least it worked, but no improvement. For reference check out this hierarchy chart http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/Best-Graphics-Card,...
Surprisngly, the Dell has a pci express....x1 slot
That may be a bit more powerful, but it's an earlier generation that runs on specialized processors instead of unified stream processors (tends to run poorer on new applications), support up to dx9 instead of dx10, and most importantly, cost over twice as much.