I know I have made a topic about my graphics card problems before, but I feel that these questions are necessary for the sake of my computer (and my personal health
). Before I ask, I want to say that I know my computer is old (I DON'T need to be reminded), my new card isn't the best (at all), and I'm not a super computer gamer, so I don't need super performance nor do I play GRAPHIC INTENSIVE GAMES, but I don't enjoy headaches, either.
I just want a decent graphics performance.Specs: Computer-
Dell Dimension 4550, Pentium 4 CPU 2.53 GHz, 1.00 GB of RAM, Single-processor (stop laughing)OLD Graphics Card-
NVIDIA Geforce4 MX 64 MB AGP (now you see why I need the upgrade)NEW Graphics Card (not in comp. yet)-
ATI Radeon HD 3450 512 MB APG (not the best, but DEFINITELY an upgrade)
1.) My current crap card does not require a power cord, but the new one DOES, so what am I looking for? (I think it needs a "four-pin molex")
2.) My current power supply will definitely not do (250w). The card requires at least 300w. How much power do I need overall? I'm thinking 550w, but I don't want to run on a wild guess.
3.) What's the best way to install this thing? I mean, the old card is NVIDIA and the new one is Radeon. Do I uninstall the NVIDIA drivers, shut down, put in new one, then do I start in safe mode and use the CD to install the driver? Or do I start in normal mode and hope it installs itself?
Remember! My computer is older, so the card slot is AGP
! I think that's all my questions and I hope you've read through all of this. If I have any more, I'll be sure to post it! Thank you for reading and please help me!
EDIT: Can I buy just any ATX power supply (with enough wattage)? I was browsing online and they all looked the same size and could fit in my computer. I'm thinking I should buy the cheapest one off amazon because a different site I was on, had me put in my computer specs and told me a 450w would cost $80! I don't want to pay that much!