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How will a graphics card improve gaming performance

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December 25, 2009 3:44:10 PM

I know this sounds like a stupid question, but I'm fairly new at hardwares and stuff (haha I don't even know the right term) so bear with me.

Anyway, I checked on canyourunit.com to see if I can run a game that I wanted, and it said that I meet all the requirements except the graphics card.

I borrowed the game from my friend just to check if it'll run. And it does work, but there's a slight lag throughout the game.

Would getting a better graphics card smooth out the gameplay? I've always thought that graphics cards were just for better graphics and had nothing to do with the actual speed of the game. But correct me if I'm wrong.

Thanks

EDIT: I turned the settings all the way down to the point I can't bear the graphics, and it still wouldn't smooth out the lag.
a c 1362 U Graphics card
December 25, 2009 3:49:31 PM

The card processes the game for your screen so the speed of it has every thing to do with how many frames per second you get on the screen.
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December 25, 2009 6:22:35 PM

Okay, so I just installed a new video card with the right slot. I turned on my computer and the screen resolution was a bit off (which is normal). But a few minutes later, the monitor went blank. Now I don't see anything at all.

Can someone help me??
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a b U Graphics card
December 25, 2009 6:32:09 PM

You need to restart the system & install the correct drivers.
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December 25, 2009 9:43:12 PM

msi nvidia 8500gt td512eh

it's not workingggg ahhh. I keep getting a blank screen whenever i replace my old video card to msi nvidia 8500gt td512eh. I uninstalled the old driver too. The problem might be from the power supply, but I have no idea how to check that. All i know are:

i have a dell dimension 8400
Intel Pentium 4 (single core) 3.00ghz
1gb Stock ram

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a b U Graphics card
December 25, 2009 9:45:22 PM

PSU specs?
Have you plugged the monitor to the card correctly?
Is the PCI-E selected in the BIOS?
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December 25, 2009 9:59:35 PM

Again, I'm not sure how to check PSU specs.

Yes

Since I'm replacing the old card on the same PCI E slot, that shouldn't matter, right?

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a b U Graphics card
December 25, 2009 10:42:28 PM

Open up the case, there's a sticker on the side of the PSU.
Make sure to check how many watts (W), amps on the 12V rail.
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a b U Graphics card
December 26, 2009 3:02:22 AM

remove and turn on the pc,See wat happens!
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