PeeCee Video Card Problems

bobber205

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I know this isn't probably the ideal place to post about peecee video cards, but these forums are well visited and I know I will get a reliable response....

I am really new at PCs. I have been using macs for my whole life until this last week.

My friend (who didn't really know much about this new computer, but oh well) said it was a very powerful machine.

So today I went to Wal-Mart and bought Halo and I got a Star Wars game for me brother.

I tried playing Halo.... and nothing comes up. Just some basic polygons and an outline of a man when I start the game!

The game warns me that I am below the minimum hardware requirements. But on the back on the box, I'm not.

So I need a video card. I know where to buy some but I have NO IDEA what kind I need, how good, or how to install it?

Please! I need some help!
 

Felldownthewell

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First of all, you need to find out if the GFX card slot in your PC is AGP or PCI. then go from there. What are the specs? If it is pretty old it will probably be AGP, if it is relatively new it will probably (and hopefully) be PCI. Until I know what kind I can't really help you, except to say that there are far more PCI choices than AGP, though AGP may be cheaper (but way less powerful).
 

bobber205

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It's a M7VIG 400 motherboard with a fancy case.

Here's what the manual says under "Slots"

Three 32-bit PCI bus master slots
One CNR Slot (Optional)
One AGP 4X Slot


I think it has a 32 meg card right now. Yes. Very poor. It runs XP (when compared to VPC) amazingly.

But I do need a better one. I know. ;)

What do you guys recommend?
Is this enough information?
 

Felldownthewell

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bobber205 said:
It's a M7VIG 400 motherboard with a fancy case.

Here's what the manual says under "Slots"

Three 32-bit PCI bus master slots
One CNR Slot (Optional)
One AGP 4X Slot


I think it has a 32 meg card right now. Yes. Very poor. It runs XP (when compared to VPC) amazingly.

But I do need a better one. I know. ;)

What do you guys recommend?
Is this enough information?

One thing I forgot to add...price range...thats important...my bad :eek:
 

bobber205

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Oh yeah! :p

I would love to spend under 40, but I know that may not be reasonable.

Under 100 definitely.

60 maybe? I don't have a good idea what they cost yet...
 

Felldownthewell

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bobber205 said:
Oh yeah! :p

I would love to spend under 40, but I know that may not be reasonable.

Under 100 definitely.

60 maybe? I don't have a good idea what they cost yet...

40-100...hmm.

You can look here and pick out a card that looks good for your price. Just make sure it is AGP 4x or PCI (not PCI extreme) and has at least 128mb vRAM. And make sure to read the reviews, they are really helpfull. Also, Newegg almost always has the best prices and fast shipping, plus they are trustworthy and secure.