wprager wrote:By the way,
Heater 'spenser, did something just change with the banner ads? My CPU fan is going nuts and I see that the banner ads up-top are scrolling around wildly. Have pity on those of us who have little puny e-Machines.
Although I had to upgrade to a video card (over the on-board one) so my son can play Sims 3, and I just got my 2nd GB of RAM. Incidentally, NCIX.com is running a promo where express shipping is $10. I ordered late yesterday afternoon and received is about an hour ago.
may I steal your computer, my wife wants sims 3 and my piece of junk at home won't run it, and I would have to upgrade the motherboard in order to get a PCI express video card.
You don't need a PCI-Express card. My PC didn't even have an AGP slot but I managed to snag a GeForce FX 5200 PCI locally, for $35. I was looking for a long time, though.
The card you need has to support Pixel Shader 2.0. Wikipedia has a table of which cards support it:
If you have an AGP slot (same size as PCI, but set back and brown, instead of white) then your options are much moe open than mine.
Just go to ShopBot.ca and type the name of a card (e.g. "geforce fx 5200") to look for best online deals. In my case I could not find anything in the price range I'd set for myself, but at least I had a ballpark. Then I googled "ottawa computer stores", found a page with links to several, checked their inventory online and about 2 hours later I had my card. And a lot cheaper than the onle places.
NCIX.com has a GeForce FX 5200 AGP for $25 (that's including the $11 instant rebate and a $10 MIR). They'll ship it to you for $10 overnight. That card has VGA and S-Video out. If you have a newer LCD monitor and need DVI, then you'd probably need to look for a slightly different model. Or, if you have an older monitor, like me, then be wary of DVI-out, since you may need a DVI-I to VGA adapter (those are about $6 online, but make sure you get the right orientation -- M/F or F/M).