Ok, so I have a Dell Dimension E310 which has a weak ass motherboard with only a PCI Express x1 slot for graphics card so upgrading is always a problem with me.
I upgraded about 2 years ago to a Nvidia Geforce FX 5200 (which cost $100) so I could play Counter Strike: Source. Now, I can't play Call of Duty 4 and I can only play certain levels of BF2 that aren't big like Karkand and Road to Jalalabad or whatever without running really low FPS.
Basically, my computers stock except for I bought a new hard drive (after I got hardware banned by PB but its unimportant) and I took out the network card and I bought the Nvidia Geforce FX 5200.
So my goal is to not by a new computer but still run Call of Duty 4 and upcoming Battlefield 3 and future games. So could you please help me upgrade my computer without buying a new motherboard either...I don't have a lot of spending money...I'm trying to go as cheap as possible.
I already bought a 1 GB memory stick so I will have 1.5 GB of memory. Was that a good idea? And now I just need the graphics card. Newegg has 3 graphics listed for PCI Express x1 slots:
Another thing, I don't want to upgrade my power supply which is only 250 watts...I didn't think I could run the Geforce FX 5200 with this power supply thought and it worked. So do you think these graphics cards will run with the power supply?
Which one should I choose? I want to go as cheap as possible but I'm afraid I'm gunna have to choose the most expensive in order to work future games. If you have any helpful advice or links to other graphics cards that will fix my problem, it is much appreciated.
And don't buy a Dell at all. They're designed for low-spec office work in schools and offices. Build one yourself :x
Did you even look at the system linked? 2.4 GHz quad core, 4 GB of RAM, 500 GB hard drive. Only thing you need to do is replace the DVD-Rom with a burner, and replace the video card and you have an ass kicking computer.
Yes, you can build one yourself, but when you can get a good deal on a Dell right from Dell, the warranty = win.
(Just saw a deal a few weeks back, 2.4GHz quad core, 3GB RAM 250 gig hard drive, DVD burner and an 8800 GT video card, with a 22" LCD for about $850 shipped from Dell.)
Personally I built my own, but when you've got a budget there are deals to be found if you look hard, bide your time and wait to pounce.