Help!! newbie.. i wanna upgrade my graphic card for gaming but i have no idea on


As the title says i am in big trouble.. i can give you the specs of my pc bt i really dont have the budget for an expensive VC.. but if you can help ill just go and get the cheapest one.. here are my comp details.. i am into online games but my pc is kinda weak.. here are the specs guys.. thanks in advance!!

Name 716Vwy on NVIDIA GeForce 7300 SE
Current Resolution 1024x768 pixels
Work Resolution 1024x738 pixels
State enabled, primary, output devices support
Monitor Width 1024
Monitor Height 768
Monitor BPP 32 bits per pixel
Monitor Frequency 60 Hz
Device \\.\DISPLAY1\Monitor0
GeForce 7300 SE
Device ID 10DE-01D3
Revision A2
Subvendor Undefined (0000)
Current Performance Level Level 1
Technology 91 nm
Die Size 77 nmІ
Transistors 112 M
Release Date Mar 2006
DirectX Support 9.0c
DirectX Shader Model 3.0
OpenGL Support 2.0
Bus Interface PCI Express x16
Temperature 71 °C
GPU Clock 450 MHz
Memory Clock 600 MHz
Driver nv4_disp.dll
Driver version
ForceWare version 93.71
BIOS Version
ROPs 2
Shaders Vertex 4/Pixel 4
Memory Type DDR
Physical Memory 256 MB
Virtual Memory 512 MB
Bus Width 64 Bit
Pixel Fillrate 0.9 GPixels/s
Texture Fillrate 0.9 GTexels/s
Bandwidth 9.6 GB/s


Operating System
MS Windows XP Professional 32-bit SP2
Intel Pentium E2180 @ 2.00GHz 54 °C
Conroe 65nm Technology
1.0GB Single-Channel DDR2 @ 265MHz (4-4-4-12)
Wolfdale1333-D667. (CPUSocket) 53 °C
716Vwy (1024x768@60Hz)
256MB GeForce 7300 SE (Undefined) 71 °C
Hard Drives
488GB Hitachi HDS725050KLAT80 (PATA) 47 °C
78GB Seagate ST380215AS (SATA) 43 °C
Optical Drives
Realtek High Definition Audio


And also if i get any specific brands and advice (hoping for the cheapest brands) it will be much appreciated.. sorry for the trouble...
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  1. You have 1 gb of DDR2 RAM. I think you have other problems to worry about besides your GPU.

    Best advice would be to buy a new computer all together.
  2. What gaming are you intending to do? Titles would be good.

    Also, we need to have your power supply specs. If this is a brand of PC, make and model is helpful. This isn't a small form factor is it?

    As Boris said above, 1GB is going to cause you issues with most modern games. 2 is the minimum 4 is prefered. Also, I'd look at upgrading your OS as games will soon stop supporting XP and be Vista and 7 only. You don't get the DX 10 or 11 benefits either. A Pentium won't get you to far, but at least you are dual core in the Core2 style pentiums. It will be ok for some games.
  3. I agree with borisof007,I think that computer is far to old to be investing money in to.

    What games are you looking to play?It is possible that if the games aren't very demanding you can buy a cheap video card but if they a recent games then I don't think it will work.
  4. that pc needs to be changed
    if you have 1000$-1500$ we can give you a list of components to buy
  5. rather than wasting money on a new vid card, your best bet would be to replace everything. Aim for a more recent AMD quad core athlonx4, at least 2gb ram and get a motherboard with onboard video. shouldnt cost much and newer onboard video is still much better than your nvidia 7300. It would cost you the same just to upgrade to a newer AGP vid card to replace your current one, but wouldnt you rather a newer faster overall pc?
    assuming your power supply is recent enough get this and this
    if you need a psu this is good enough and will run that setup + any vid card that doesnt require an extra power connector.
    this will run up to a gtx460 or 6850 gfx card
  6. Wow! thank you soo much for the info.. that bad huh? hmm... the games i want to play are Medal of H, Black ops, Prototype, call of duty. and some online games.. can you give me guys what can i save from my pc instead of changing it all? thanks in advance!
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