The computer runs great, and I would love to get a new graphics card for it. I only need a 256 MB card with vertex shading, nothing fancy, but I do not want to buy a card that would be incompatible with my computer. So my question is this: what am I looking for in terms of compatibility issues? I saw something about pins... and something else about power supply... and I really do not want to get a card that wont work.
Thanks everyone for reading, and any help would be appreciated!
I definitely know that my computer is outdated. My old laptop broke, and I didn't really have the money for a new computer, so I settled for this free one. Seeing as it is outdated, I can only go so far before it just would not be worth it.
I checked the side panel on my computer, and looked around for anything that would tell me what my power supply would be,and I did not really find anything.
In any event, thank you very much for your help. I guess that answers that question; I just was not sure if I needed to watch out for sizes or certain cables, or some other compatibility issue.
You'd need to open the case to see the power supply rating. You also will need to check the case for card size space, if it's a smaller case, you need to make sure some of the longer video cards will fit. And some small cases can't even use a full-size card so you'd need to find a half-hight one.
If you have about a 3gig CPU in there, and can managet to get 2gig of RAM (if you don't have that already) you can run this PC for most tasks for a while.
You won't do any modern gaming, at least not at anything above low settings, and video encoding will be dog slow compared to the new computers, but yours can be a pretty quick machine. The later P4 CPUs had a good amount of cache, and the RAM at 400mhz will run well also.