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How Can I upgrade to these specs? (video card)

by irritating_git / December 13, 2008 7:48 PM PST

This is my system -

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer BIOSTAR Group
System Model P4M89-M7B
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 6 Stepping 5 GenuineIntel ~2999 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 02/08/2007
SMBIOS Version 2.4
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)"
Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 62.71 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 1.87 GB

I want to upgrade to play Medieval 2 Total war.

Requirements - http://www.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/medieval2totalwar/tech_info.html

I'm clueless. I think I have no video card, so do I just buy a brand new video card and put it in.
Are they're compatability problems with some cards and a weak system like mine?
How do I upgrade to play these type of high spec games or is it impossible?

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That system model number doesn't match those listed
by VAPCMD / December 14, 2008 1:53 AM PST
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you need a video card and should have more ram
by ramarc / December 14, 2008 5:41 AM PST

your mobo should have a pci-express slot and two dimm slots.
http://www.biostar-usa.com/app/en-us/mb/content.php?S_ID=358

the minimum requirements are just for the game to play (barely). the recommend requirements are for the game to play well. so, you should add at least another 512MB of RAM but since it's so cheap a $13 1GB ddr2-533 stick is a better choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820144209.

as for the video card, this $50 geforce 9500gt from newegg would be perfect: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814145162

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Slightly more general please
by irritating_git / December 14, 2008 2:47 PM PST

Thanks that's great advice but I live in Korea and can't order those exact items.
What do I need to look out for?
Can I buy any Geforce 9500 GT?
Does my system limit me to a cetain type of card?

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