The only computer I like to play is World of Warcraft (begin with the eye rolling). Last week their newest patch 5.0.4 went live. And my frame rate died. I got a whopping 9 fps with my character out in the middle of nowhere and every setting turned to low. I have the picture to prove it.
So started the journey to an upgrade. I've never installed or bought a graphics card before. I didn't know where to start. I looked at graphic cards on Amazon but I couldn't figure out what to buy. What did I need? I knew the computer had a PCI Express port but didn't fully know what that was. I ended up at tomshardware.com. That site has a great forum full of people willing to help answer the questions of the clueless.
They gave me the names of a few cards that "might" work in my computer and told me to buy a new power supply. By "might" I guess we are talking about the fact that you have to have room inside the case to put the graphics card. I have no idea why any company would build a computer and assemble it in a manner in which it can not be upgraded properly. Built in obsolescence most likely. With the names of cards and power supplies in hand, I found myself back at Amazon.com.
I ordered a Radeon 6670 graphics card and Corsair 500w power supply. My order is set to arrive on Wednesday. The next part of this journey will continue then, when I find out if these parts will fit and if I can install them properly.