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Is this an OK graphics card?

by Chris_C_Bowman / May 19, 2012 10:19 AM PDT

I've been running integrated graphics on my PC since I bought it over a year ago. I recently decided to upgrade to a graphics card so I can better enjoy gaming. (I classify myself as a casual gamer, mostly play minecraft or other single player games like Mount and Blade) This is the product I picked out purely because of its low cost.

GT 210 1024MB DDR2 PCI-E 2.0

Device Type Graphics card - low profile

Bus Type PCI Express 2.0 x16

Graphics Engine NVIDIA GeForce 210

Core Clock 475 MHz

Interfaces DVI-I (dual link) | HDMI | VGA

API Supported OpenGL 3.1, OpenCL, DirectX 10.1

Features NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), Nvidia CUDA technology, Nvidia PureVideo HD technology , HDCP

Size 1 GB

Technology DDR2 SDRAM

Effective Clock Speed 800 MHz

Bus Width 128-bit

Will this be enough to run games at medium to high quality, like Everquest and minecraft?

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I have to go with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 19, 2012 10:24 AM PDT

It's at the lowest end of the cards with slower RAM, etc.

No gamer would want this.

Games will run but a gamer will not be happy. Please ignore DDR2 cards and get out of the basement.

If power (Watts) is an issue, take another look at the usual 30 dollar ATI 5450 card.

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What would you suggest?
by Chris_C_Bowman / May 19, 2012 10:42 AM PDT
In reply to: I have to go with no.

Well my price range is between 0 and 80 dollars, what kind of specs should I look for?

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At 80 dollars try the list.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 20, 2012 2:36 AM PDT
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Thank you
by Chris_C_Bowman / May 21, 2012 1:00 AM PDT

Thank you for your help.

After getting on the phone with Dell tech support to help me find a new graphics card and power supply (mine was only 250W) I was told that my model was a slim, so I have severely limited choices for graphics card upgrades, and no choices for a better power supply. I'm simply going to have to get a new PC. This list is very helpful though, as I'm going to be building my own custom PC. Thanks again!

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For a slim PC I suggest the usual ATI 5450
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 21, 2012 1:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Thank you
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