The video card came with my moderately costly computer several months ago. I am using Dell and I have very little knowledge of video cards. I want to change my video card so I went to Dell's website to check out my options of what to get. The latest one for my computer model is AMD Radeon HD4350.
I am trying to run Mass effect, but from the Mass effect Bioware forum, they said none of the Intel video cards are not compatible with mass effect. The recommended spec for mass effect is
NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX or higher.
ATI X1800 XL series or higher.
can the AMD Radeon HD4350 do the job? or do I need to buy a new driver and as well as the new video card?
I tried to download AMD Radeon HD4350 from Dell's website even though I had Intel G45/43 express chipset, do I remove my Intel G45/43 express chipset and download the AMD Radeon HD4350 or do I have to buy the AMD Radeon HD4350 as a video card in a box that I have to install?
The G45/43 express chipset is simply a feature of your motherboard allowing it to run graphics. This is meant for simple tasks such as working in Windows and browsing the internet or watching videos.
What you need to game is called a discreet graphics card. This means you need to purchase a physical card, and install it into your computer. If Dell's website says you can run a 4350, then you probably have a PCIe 16 slot, which is required for most video cards. The other factor for which card you can get is how much power your power source unit has.
I'm under the assumption you have a 300W power supply as that is extremely common in PCs such as a Dell.
Based on these assumptions, your best bet for a new video card would be something like an Nvidia GT240 which is quite cheap, low power requirements and should be able to run Mass Effect.
If possible, list your full PC specs or at list which Dell model it is. If you can open the case and have a look at your PSU, let us know it's wattage. If you have a specific budget that helps a lot.
I hope this helped. If not, well, ask some questions
You can't gaming with just INTEL onboard, you need a real card, even the low-end card is MUCH better than onboard graphic...
You can open the case and see it for yourself, what is your Power Supply Unit and what is it's wattage...
Is it a slim PC? If yes, you will need a low profile card so the card would fit into the case...
If you're completely clueless as to what to do, you might consider simply bringing your PC to a local PC tech shop/store and get them to install the card for you.
Your best bet for lower power cards will be either an Nvidia GT220 or 240, or from ATI you'd be looking at maybe a 5570 or 5670.
As for opening the case, there's usually just a thumb-screw on the back, sometimes a couple of snap clips, and then you just slide the side panel back and remove. Installing a new graphics card is quite easy as well, you just need a screw driver to remove the bracket screw, put the card into the right socket till it snaps in, then screw the card's bracket in and plug your monitor into the new card's output. Boot up, and install drivers.
Ok so that's a fairly low power PSU. 16A isn't much, you'd have to go with a very low end video card.
If you change your power source, no you will not need a new mobo. You can get mediocre PSUs in the 400-450W range for $50 and less. My friend just upgraded his HP computer which had the same onboard graphics as you, for about $250 he bought a silverstone 500W PSU and an HD5770 graphics card which is enough to play any games with at least medium to high settings.
Thanks anyway, ignore all my double posts since I cannot edit and I do become forgetful and hasty while posting. I will go with what your friend bought. I have a one las question, they will fit my slim model computer right?
The size is pretty standard unless you happen to have a mini one.
The one I linked is
150 x 140 x 86mm
As for the 4350, yes it'll work. It's a pretty low end card. The deal I linked is great if you want to play a selection of games. Mass Effect isn't very demanding however if you then want to play ME2 you will be pushing that card. Anyway, it is cheap, here's one for $35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...