add a video card.
If it was replaced with same as the original...the mfg's docs should give you the info needed. If not, best to open it up and get the MB info visually.
So, I have a eMachine T3092. I've had it since Summer '04, and by all accounts, she's an old lady. The thing is, she's still super reliable, and works like a charm. I just bought a used macbook for school/work, but want to keep my eMachine around for a backup, home PC.
I also want to be able to play Sims3 on her, and I'm told that I cannot, because RAM and Video card do not meet minimum system requirements. I took a trip to Best Buy and was more or less laughed at and told I needed a new computer. (I kinda figured as much) So now I'm resorting to the DIY route. (Maybe it's a lost cause? But the little engine that could and I have something in common...)I've watched videos and read up on replacing RAM and Graphics cards. RAM upgrades seem straightforward enough, and I think I could do that, it's the video card part I'm unsure of. (I would just play Sims on the macbook, but it seems that it's graphics card is also not up to snuff)
So, how do I know what video card to get? How can I be sure it'll be compatible with my system's hardware... I don't know where to begin, and the videos, while helpful, seem to raise more questions than they answer. And then I went to Nvidia's website and they had this selector tool, but I didn't even know what information to put in...
Sorry for the long winded post. I figured turning here was my best option for information. Thanks in advanced for any and all responses
Here's the rundown (more or less)of my system's specs:
Nvidia GEForce4 MX Graphics
512MB DDR SDRAM
160 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
3000+ AMD Athalon XP Processor
Motherboard was replaced in 2006 I think?