Looking to upgrade graphics card. Help please!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by MrPyronaut, Jan 6, 2012.

  1. MrPyronaut macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2012
    I have recently installed Windows in my Mac with the intention of playing Skyrim, but I found out that my gfx card sucks. In fact, when I try to play Hearts or Solitaire on Windows it gives me a warning about my hardware acceleration and the game runs poorly.

    I currently have a NVIDIA GeForce GT 120. I feel I should upgrade this, but I don't have a whole ton of money (around $100 is about my spending ceiling) plus I have no idea what the hell I am doing. Any recommendations?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    That seems to be a Windows problems, as I could play those games in the 90s without hiccups. I guess the GPUs were less capable then than they are now.

    You probably have an Early 2009 iMac?
    I don't know of a way to upgrade the GPU on those iMacs, as they are soldered onto the logic board, AFAIK.


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  3. MrPyronaut thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2012
    Thanks for the reply, simsaladimbamba.

    Yeah, I have a 24" 2009 iMac. *heavy sigh* That sucks. Thanks for all the info, though!
  4. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2010
    Colorado, USA
    I would try updating your graphics drivers from the Nvidia site. That improved the performance greatly on my old Mac Mini when I did.
  5. Maximal macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2012
    Yeah just make sure you have a upgraded driver installed.

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