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I need to upgrade the graphics card in my PC. It's a HP Pavilion, about 1.5 years old, running M$ XP.

The reason? Himself has discovered that you can *play*games* on the computer! Games about *Star*Wars*. And *Legos*. You can even play a *Lego* game ABOUT *Star*Wars*.

Or, you could if your Mom's PC had a graphics card that supports Pixel Shading v1.1. *sigh*

I have NO clue what to look for when upgrading PC parts. I've looked at cards, and it's all gobbly-gook to me.

I talked with a tech at EDS....he had me "download" some "upgrade" for Windoze....and told me it would work. Ummmmmmmmm, yeah...if the PC is *telling* me it needs a new card, why would a download work? But, I sighed, and did the download, then went to "install" it...and it turns out I didn't Need the Download, I already Had that version of whatever......and Himself still can't play Star Wars with Legos on the Computer, and he's just going to Die if I can't get it worked out.

Or so he says.

So, anyone wanna offer me some advice? So I don't look like a total n00b in front of the 'puter place people? Please?? *g*

Cheap would be nice, especially since I'm probably gonna have to pay someone to stick it in. I don't like messing around with the innards of my PC...it makes me nervous. (Anyone wanna hold my hand with *that*, too?)

Thanks muchly - I will be in your debt. And so will Himself!
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From:hugh_mannity
Date:July 1st, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
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nVIDIA are the people who make the best graphics cards.

This one should keep him quiet for a bit: The Geforce 6200 With Turbo Cache at $65

This one would also do.

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From:hugh_mannity
Date:July 1st, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)
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Forgot to add -- I've started washing that fleece. There will be pictures of primordial soup soon.
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From:fiberaddict
Date:July 1st, 2005 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Thanks muchly! Tigerdirect now has some of my money, and I will soon (hopefully) have the 6200 card!

Now...to figure out exactly *where* it goes inside the 'puter....*g*

Can't wait to see the primordial soup!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 1st, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)

second that

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I second that advice. For a starter card, don't spend much more than 60 or 70, speaking from experience cause I used to work at a big box store helping people with that problem each and every day!

Keri
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