Originally Posted by William Mapstone
Like many people these days money is tight and more importantly the wife probably wouldn't be happy if an upgrade was made just for gaming. He is not really that picky graphics wise, he just want to have some fun in MW2. I was very surprised to see how crappy it ran at 640x480, some graphics cards must be made with no intentions of gaming?
Honestly if he could get the game to run smooth at 640x480 he would probably be happy with that. Is there any used cards that would work for him? It would seem like there would be people with boxes full of used stuff from upgrading to the best of the best all the time?
A low powered video card such as his computer has now is really only there to display normal desktop activities (internet/productivity/email), movie codec decoding, and casual gaming. It would work for games like Braid, Trine, The Sims, etc... It is not made to play the latest 3D accelerated games like MW2, Left 4 Dead, Battlefield series, etc...
As far as a cheaper video card upgrade, MW2 requires at least a 6600 GT or better (Nvidia) or a 1600XT or better (ATI). According to the chart
, there are several cards that will fit the bill. Again, the determining factor here will be to buy a low power card (doesn't require a PSU upgrade) that still does the trick.
You could find a used card at ebay, but you need to make sure that before you purchase it, do a google search on its power requirements to make sure the 300 Watt PSU will be enough. Do you have a budget for this? If I knew how much money he was willing to spend, I could provide a better answer to you.