Probably be wanting something like:
XFX HD 6450 1GB DDR3 DVI HDMI Low Profile Graphics Card | Ebuyer.com
Can't get much too powerful in there if it's low profile, besides which you'd also need appropriate power supply connectors and a beefy power supply (which you can't upgrade in yours). So that may help with Windows Vista/7 and some low end games but you won't be doing any Call of Duty.
from what i've read online, a graphics card only increases the quality, not the actual performance? Like i've got multiple tabs opened up now and i'm seeing a significant decrease in speed
It all depends on the application, if it can use the GPU on the graphics card effectivly then the computer CPU has to do less work.
I know its not killer... it is adequate, and the components are now much more future proof than the atx/ide/P4 architecture they had before! The motherboard will take more ram, and more exciting processors, I can add bigger hard drives etc. Given my parents last machine was good for nearly 10 years with only minor upgrades, i'm hoping for a similarly long life for this one!
Originally Posted by dgsmith
Wasn't sure if you are still looking for a decent low-cost machine or not, but in case you are I currently have this one for sale (personal machine, not needed as upgraded to a high-end gaming spec recently plus trying to get rid of un-needed stuff before I move house soon!).
I am just 'up the road' from you in Luton, have dropped my original asking price as you are a fellow Edugeeker & would need to travel to collect it from me (if you are interest PM me on here and we can sort out times/dates/locations etc) :)
Dell 530S small form slim tower,
Intel Dual Core 3.0Ghz processor,
500Gb internal hard drive,
Internal 802.11 a/b/g wireless card,
ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT graphics card with dual-screen adapter,
Built-in 9-in-1 SD card reader,
6 USB ports (2 on front),
Audio jack & line in on front,
I'll also include a wireless mouse & keyboard,
14" 4:3 PC screen (if you want it)
and all cables needed.
Will throw in an 18Gb external HDD as well (again, if you want it!)
Fresh install of Windows 7, Office 2010, all drivers, free anti-virus, etc.
£120, I can provide a large box to transport it all in.
NOTE: the above picture does not show the external wireless card aerial or the ATI graphics card inputs that mine has!
I'll give @MelodicBrush first dibs on it as they started this thread, but if anyone else is interest feel free to PM as well :)
Oh damn, that looks very tempting, im wondering how much a can would cost from my house to luton and back lol