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video card question

Discussion in 'PC hardware help' started by ryuuzzaki, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. ryuuzzaki

    ryuuzzaki Member

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    hi guys, since im new to all this computer hardware stuffs, i just wanna know that for example, i want to change my GEforce 64mb video card to a more higher or better video card, should i pick GEforce video cards only or any video cards will do? i dont want to screw up again buying hardwares that arent compatible... and here are my PC specs, suggestions on what video card should i buy will be helpfull too thanks..

    windows vista premium home edition 32 bit
    intel pentium D 3.00GHz
    1gb ram
     
  2. abuzar1

    abuzar1 Active member

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    Can you post what kind of motherboard you have? I'm guessing this is a pre-built PC so you computer model number will do.
     
  3. sammorris

    sammorris Senior member

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    The things you need to worry about are:
    AGP or PCI express 16x
    Is the Power supply capable?
    Do you have sufficient case ventilation?
     
  4. ddp

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    sam, you forgot pci slots as i have seen new pc's with only pci slots.
     
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    Really? Holy hell, that must be really low spec!
     
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    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    name brands like hp
     
  7. flynn303

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    hello there. just wondering is there any way i can stick an ATI graphics card 128bit into my dell PC.
     
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    Ouch, what stingy people!

    As for the Dell PC, what model is the Dell PC< and which ATI Graphics card is it?
     
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    dimension 2400 series and ATI X1050 256mb 128 bit
     
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    No, because it's AGP. You'll want an AGP graphics card instead.
     
  12. flynn303

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    cheers ddh. think i made a mistake
     
  13. sammorris

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    Hmm. I guess we read different spec sheets! If it's only PCI, you'll have to stick with what you've got.
     
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    the dell site said 2400 series as flynn said is using.

    flynn, what color are the expansion slots on motherboard?
     
  15. sammorris

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    yeah, to be fair, Id trust the Dell site more than a specifications list on Amazon. I wasn't really sure where to look, the name '2400 series' suggest there may have been several.
    if they're all white, they're probably all PCI.
    if there are some white ones and a longer dark coloured (often brown) slot above them, quite a bit further towards the middle, then you have AGP. If there's a long one that's only a tiny amount further towards the middle, it may have PCI express, but this I doubt.
     

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