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Is my graphic card the problem?

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December 22, 2010 6:37:50 PM

Recently, i got a 21.5 in. Acer Widescreen LCD monitor as my 10 year old small CRC Dell monitor was getting old. Since I switched to a higher resolution, my games started slowing down a lot and lagging like crazy. i was wondering if my graphics card was just getting to old and not to powerful for the new monitor. Is my thinking correct?

here is my build right now for my current computer:

Operating System
MS Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

CPU
Intel Pentium E2200 @ 2.20GHz
Conroe 65nm Technology

RAM
2.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 400MHz (5-5-5-15)

Motherboard
Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. P31-S3G (Socket 775)

Graphics
Acer G215H @ 1920x1080
384MB GeForce 8800 GS (EVGA)

Hard Drives
156GB Western Digital WDC WD1600AAJS-00B4A0 ATA Device (IDE)

Optical Drives
ATAPI iHAS120 6 ATA Device
TGNWP BWDQZ0TE SCSI CdRom Device

Audio
High Definition Audio Device

as you can see my current graphics card is this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce_8800.html

i am planning to buy a new graphics card, and i found this one: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

the total cost for the new graphics card is $90 after rebates. i am running tight on money so i do not want an expensive graphics card. my question is, can this graphics card run on the computer?

my current graphics card is PCI Express 2.0x, and so is the one i might buy. so i think it will work. any opinions? do you guys know of any other graphics cards with a similar price?

i thank you for your time! :) 

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December 22, 2010 11:16:42 PM

i sort of need a reply soon, as im in a big rush.
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December 22, 2010 11:25:30 PM

What is the resolution of the monitor?
That processor is quite old and weak.
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December 22, 2010 11:28:37 PM

the resolution is 1910 X 1080.
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December 23, 2010 11:49:34 AM

Yes, your CPU is the biggest weak point on your PC.
If you want get more performance then you must get a new CPu or OC it to at least 3.0GHz. E2200 at 2.2GHz is "slow" for gaming at 1920x1080.

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December 23, 2010 2:37:02 PM
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Cpu isn't great but the slowdown in performance he's seen has been caused by the upgrade in Res, he's probabaly gone from 1024x768 or 1280x1024 up to 1080p, which will have a devastating effect on an 8800GS with a 384mb frame buffer.
OP In answer to your question, yes the new monitor has caused your issue - a new gfx card will bring you back to similar levels of performance as you had before on the old screen, at your new res.
A gtx460 would be a good choice, try to clock your cpu up to 3.0ghz as others have said.
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December 23, 2010 2:54:10 PM

You can also just play games at a lower resolution, but it won't be as pretty. Same thing for movies, etc.. just set the screen resolution to lower, or get a new video card and CPU. More RAM is also good, another gig or 2 won't hurt, but after CPU and Video card upgrade is done.
January 2, 2011 3:51:51 AM

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January 2, 2011 12:08:20 PM

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