Is this graphics card good/average/bad for gaming?

Hi, I -think- my graphics card is an ATI Radeon HD 3450 from what I understand of how to check.

I have no idea what this means though, is it any good for gaming? I only ask because I've just tried Warhammer 40k: Dawn of war 2 and even on the lowest settings I'm getting huge lag, to the point where it's not worth playing.

Can anybody tell me if it's my graphics card? How bad is it if it is? How can you tell a good one from a mediocre one?

Thanks

Update:

I have:

Intel core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz

4GB RAM

32-bit Windows vista home premium OS

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  • Scott
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
    Best Answer

    Can anybody tell me if it's my graphics card? Yes it is your video card causing the very low performance while gaming...The 3450 is not really a gaming card,its more for general use like watching movies or videos....

    The higher the number the better the card is...You have a 3 series card and its 3 generations old now...You have the 4xxx series and now the new 5xxx series cards from ATI....That card is very low end as its only 64 bit and runs DDR2 memory....The 4 series cards like the 4870 are 256 bit with DDR5 memory,which blows the 3450 out of the water......The 5xxx series cards are better yet... A good entry level card is the 5670,(dx11 support)which will play those games you have listed very well for around 90.00 to 100.00 bux......

    Mid range cards are the 5670, 5750 and the 5770 which are under 200.00usd and then you have the high end cards like the 5850 and the 5870....There 300.00 to 450.00usd.....

    Different factors you have to take into consideration when buying a new card is your budget,and what type of power supply you have......To run the 5670 you need a decent 400w power supply....The rest of the cards Listed require a bit more plus you need 6 pin power connectors coming off the power supply to power them........

    So the best thing to do is look at sites that give reviews on video cards and such...Try to learn as much as you can about a video card before buying it as it will save you headaches and money...

    Some good sites are ------

    Legit Reviews------http://www.legitreviews.com/

    Anandtech----http://www.anandtech.com/

    Tomshardware----http://www.tomshardware.com/us/#redir

    Read around on some forums also...

    Pc pitstop,Evga,ATI forum, and one of the better ones--Guru of 3d---http://www.guru3d.com/

    Scott

    Source(s): personal experience......
  • 9 years ago

    It would be better to add your whole PC specs, but i think dawn of war 2 also needs a mid range video card. I searched your video card in the internet and some say that your video card is "entry-level".

    Be careful though. upgrading to a better video card is not always simple. you also have to take note on the requirements the new card needs (power supply, slot it eats up, etc).

    Hope this helps.

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