I have an older model Alienware laptop with an ATI Radeon X1800 graphics card. I used to play Final Fantasy XI and it performed decently, but the computer tended to get pretty hot. After a long break from video games I'm preparing for the release of Final Fantasy XIV, which I assume is going to be much more graphics heavy. Is there anything I could do to prevent the card from getting so hot? Also I've been looking at newer cards, what are some good options for under say $250?
It's going to be very hard to add a new Video Card to a laptop. If you are going to get a new desktop, I'd get an ATI 5770 for about $130 on Newegg! It's an amazing card with 1GB of GDDR5 and Direct X 11 Ready!!! You can also run three monitors for a widened resolution for gaming, such as World of Warcraft!