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kramernator
03-08-2008, 07:15 PM
i need help on deciding what kind of video card to buy for my computer.
here is some info:

i want to be able to run call of duty 4
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii308/mkramernator/requirements.jpg

here is the site i was looking at, www.newegg.com (http://www.newegg.com/Store/SubCategory.aspx?SubCategory=48&name=Video-Cards)

here is what i am currently running,
i know that i will need to buy more RAM. and that my current video card completely blows.
http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii308/mkramernator/graphicsinfo.jpg

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/ii308/mkramernator/systeminfo.jpg

battlechaser
03-08-2008, 07:21 PM
I don't trust the specific model of video card they normally call for, just the memory specs. Nice computer name. I think my mom's is still named "Beefcake".

DFSniper
03-08-2008, 07:46 PM
i'd go with a new ATI HD card (not the 2400, but the higher ones) or NVidia 8800GTX (or GTS). they both can run DX10, which shows a BIG improvement over DX9.0c.

huh.. i could run CoD4 on my computer. not the reccomended, but it surpasses min. requirements:
1.5GB RAM
ATI x1600
AMD 3800+ 2.4 GHZ

its a little outdated. eventually i'll upgrade my motherboard and get a dual/quad core CPU, 240-pin RAM and new GPU.

HelpDeskHustler
03-08-2008, 07:58 PM
http://www.overclock.net/graphics-cards-general/54675-graphics-card-ranking.html

edit: Juice-Money :dodgy:

king-man
03-09-2008, 07:00 AM
I like ATI video cards myself, i have an old Radeon x600 or something like that, andit played oblivionwith ease, thats something an xbox cant even say sometimes, that game is huge

DFSniper
03-09-2008, 07:08 AM
i had a 9200 in my moms, so it wouldnt run oblivion. then i bought a cheap 9550, and that BARELY ran oblivion. my friend had an x700 and the x1600 (that i bought off of him) and we could swear that the x700 had better graphics than the x1600!

kramernator
03-09-2008, 09:06 AM
alright, thanks a lot guys, one more question, do they make different cards that fit in different computers.....ummm......will any card fit in any computer? or will the hookups be wrong?
i am pretty new to upgrading computers, but i know that there are different types of RAM that don't fit in any computer because the slots are lined up different or something. or maybe the pin #s are different?

oh, will this X1650PRO (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814195031) card play cod 4 alright?

DFSniper
03-09-2008, 09:21 AM
there are 3 types: AGP, PCI, and PCI Express. PCI is usually for like your usb, wireless, and sound cards, while AGP and PCI Express are only for graphics cards. i would check your motherboard and look at the top most slot under your CPU. there should be one of the two written somewhere near the slot, occasionally, you'll get a motherboard that has both (mine does). if not, take a pic and i can most likely tell you what it is.

as for the graphics card, it'll run CoD, just not at full graphics. i would get one of these two (depending on your motherboard) because they're way better and cheaper:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814141026
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130292

the only thing i dont like about the first one is that it only supports DX9, but i think thats an AGP thing and not because of the graphics card.