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How do i know what graphics cards are compatible with my computer?

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December 31, 2010 10:11:42 AM

i have a hewlett-packard company
Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2180
@ 200 GHz 2.00 GHz 32 bit operating system and i have no idea what decent graphics cards work with my computer! help! (i got all the info from my system panel, so i have no idea what it means.)
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December 31, 2010 10:30:24 AM

Well you have a slim computer which means you can rule out nearly all high-end cards completely. The only cards I can see fitting into your machine would be something like these:

They'll give you a little boost in games, but if you're upgrading to play games and not just watch videos then I would suggest thinking about getting a whole new computer.
December 31, 2010 1:08:20 PM

ok, thanks, but for my computer being nvidia, does that mean I need a nvidia graphics card, or does it not matter?
Also, would these cards help with lag a lot, stop lag, not do much a all, or just make the graphics look nicer for games like Metro 2033 and Left4dead?
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December 31, 2010 1:16:35 PM

also, if i needed to resort to getting a new computer (which would be hard to persuade me t do), which one would you recomend (cheapest one possible)?
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December 31, 2010 2:18:44 PM

You can install ATI or NVIDIA graphics cards in your computer. They will help in some games and help a lot with video smoothness.. but games like Metro 2033 have a HUGE need for resources. As far as I'm aware, Metro 2033 takes more graphic power than nearly any other game available at the moment. Your computer will never be able to run it on high settings at a good res, and you'll need to buy a completely new one to play it.

There are NO cheap gaming computers. You get what you pay for.. so if you're looking to pay £300 you won't be able to play high-end games. If you pay £800 for a computer you'll be able to play nearly all games on highest settings. If you pay £1400 for a computer you'll be able to play all games currently on the market, and be set for another year or two without any trouble.
January 3, 2011 10:29:12 AM

ok so what about other games like far cry 2, mafia 2, and games like half life 2 and left4dead 1 and 2?