My apologies for posting this as a seperate thread as ive also asked the question on a sticky thread, but after contemplation i thought it might get deleted from the sticky thread, so i'll ask again here if thats ok.
I've just read the how to install a graphics card guide- which was a handy reminder, but now i have what is possibly a daft question, i'm looking to upgrade the wifes computer as the onboard graphics card sometimes takes dicky fits and crashes the computer when it has some hard work to do- its not a bog standard on board graphics (ie basic) as such but its now at an age where certain newer games upset its constituition and its not a happy bunny. So, i'm looking for a graphics card that is suitable for her computer, i think its got pci-express slots (but i dont know if its PCIE 1 OR 2- i am presuming as the comps around 3 years old it will be pci-e 1 though) will any pci-e (version1) graphics card be suitable?, i dont need a high end card as the computer isn't used for the really new graphics intensive games (ie COD- black ops) maybe something around the £50-£60 mark. I know in the past when ive been looking for RAM memory the crucial website has a "tool" that ****s your system and advises on which memory is guaranteed to work with your system, does DABs have a similar "tool" that can **** a customers system for the correct type/models of graphics card that will work with the installed motherboard etc etc?? If not is it possible to put such "tools" into place? or are they not really needed? Its just that while i have fitted graphics cards, hard drives RAM, sound cards etc in the past i'm falling behind with technology and hadnt even realised a PCI-Express 2 version had been released, and as the mind wanders into older age, the various hard drive connection types can also be baffling (SATA, E-SATA, SATA 3, IDE etc) even USB 3 has now been launched so the old head is struggling a little to remember it all lol.