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Ask for compatible video card

by luniazaki / July 8, 2009 6:54 PM PDT

Hi all....
I want to buy a video card (esp nvidia) that compatible with my PC
this is the specs of my pc
IBM 8184B2M
System Serial Number: KEKP95P
Enclosure Type: Low Profile Desktop
2.80 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4
8 kilobyte primary memory cache
512 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Hyper-threaded (2 total)
Board: IBM IBM
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: IBM 2AKT40AUS 06/07/2004

Thanks All

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Re: videocard
by Kees Bakker / July 8, 2009 7:02 PM PDT

http://www-307.ibm.com/pc/support/site.wss/MIGR-51305.html shows you can't use an AGP or a PCI-E(xpress) card, so you're limited to a PCI card. That's a very important criterion. Otherwise it won't fit.

Kees

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Can be upgraded?
by luniazaki / July 8, 2009 7:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: videocard

So...can it be upgraded or not?...How about if I upgrade my RAM, does it help

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Re: upgrade
by Kees Bakker / July 8, 2009 7:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Can be upgraded?

This are 2 separate questions, so I'll give 2 separate answers.

1. All or almost all PC's with video on the motherboard let you install a separate videocard to replace the one on the motherboard. So if you buy a PCI one you should be able to install and use it.

2a. Upgrading RAM to another (faster) type generally isn't possible. But you can add more of the same RAM than you have now if you don't yet have the maximum allowed for your PC. I didn't check that. See the manual or go to crucial.com to find out what memory you need and how much is the maximum.
2b. I don't know if it will help, because you didn't tell what help was needed.

Kees

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For game PC
by luniazaki / July 8, 2009 8:23 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: upgrade

I want to build a good game PC....So what is your recommendation to get the best performance

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(NT) So you want a new PC?
by Kees Bakker / July 9, 2009 12:25 AM PDT
In reply to: For game PC
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new PC
by luniazaki / July 9, 2009 6:31 PM PDT
In reply to: So you want a new PC?

No, I want to keep this PC

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Sorry, misunderstanding.
by Kees Bakker / July 9, 2009 6:39 PM PDT
In reply to: new PC

You wrote "build a PC", so I thought you wanted to build a new PC. My fault.

Then, read the above discussions. Essentials for a game PC are a good videocard and enough RAM. So buy the best PCI (not PCI-E) videocard you can find (tomshardware.com is a very good source of information) and increase your RAM (you don't tell anything about it) to at least 1 GB if you have less at the moment. For some games 2 GB is still better.

The problem is that if you decide to buy a really new PC (that surely will perform better this one) you can't reuse the card or the RAM. So if you expect to buying a new PC in half a year or so, better not spend the money.

Kees

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Thanks
by luniazaki / July 9, 2009 6:58 PM PDT

Many thanks

I will keep my PC for next 1-2 years
Do you have any recommendation for the good part for new PC

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Re: recommandation
by Kees Bakker / July 9, 2009 7:00 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks

For the RAM, visit crucial.com to find out what type you need and what's the maximum amount your motherboard supports. Then buy it (somewhere).

For the videocard I've got no recommendation. Just noting that PCI cards are rather old. PCI-E is mainstream already for a few years.

Kees

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DO NOT UPGRADE THE VIDEO CARD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 9, 2009 11:09 PM PDT
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Don't upgrade video card
by luniazaki / July 10, 2009 2:52 AM PDT

I couldn't understand your message. I haven't had any videocard yet in my PC and I want to buy a card which is suitable with my PC

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Then get the 6200
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 10, 2009 2:56 AM PDT

It doesn't tax the power supply and is low profile, etc.

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