Hi, just joined, my first post, please be kind. My graphics card crapped out. It was a GeForce 8600 GT 512mb pci-e x 16. Would like to buy something new first I think. Here is my system info:
Media Center Edition
Service Pack 3
AMD Athlon 64x2 Dual
Core Processor 4200+
2.20 GHz 2.00 of RAM
I like to play pc games. I know I need to buy a new computer also. Would like to buy a new graphics/video card and have it be a decent one but not break the bank in the interim because I know I need to buy a new computer (although this has been a GREAT one!). So any advice would be helpful on a new card. Advice on a new computer would also be appreciated. Would spend $1000 or under. I don't play online games. For instance I would like to play Batman Arkham City, new Bioshock, that type of stuff. I know I can't with this computer right now.
So help on both subjects would be awesome. Thanks in advance!
ahhh, ok, cool. So I have upgraded this computer through out the years with memory and graphic cards. I was thinking about just buying a new tower already built. Since I could buy a graphics card like that has been suggested for now and move it to my new computer. How difficult is it to build a computer? I really don't see that many parts in it but that doesn't mean I could do it. Would I be better off building my own? I suppose I could figure it out via the beautiful internet.
building is better. It general you will get a much better motherboard and power supply if you build your own. You can also chose ever part you want, and the BIOS is unlocked meaning you pretty much have freedom to do watever you want on the computer. You can also chose Windows 7 or 8, OEM has swapped to 8, so if you want 7 you might want to build your own. Another thing to think about is everything is factory, so you will have a blank hard drive or SSD, and you are able to chose all installation paths for Windows, So if you want a 120GB SSD, buy it. If you bought pre built, you would have to add one, then go through the pain of installing Windows onto it.