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Graphics card?

by sunlord_clave / June 15, 2007 8:11 PM PDT

I'm looking to buy a graphics card for my pc. My current one is rubbish! First of all, will any graphics card work ok? Or does it need to be a particular configuration to suit my PC? What are the things I need to see if they are compatible with my PC when looking for a graphics card?

Secondly, is there any difference between a graphics adapter and graphics card?

Thirdly, I've shortlisted these graphic cards/adapters. Which is the one I should go for? I'm looking for one that basically lets me play the latest games at high FPS. Thanks!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inno3D-GeForce-7600GS-512MB-Graphics/dp/B000M2WL62/ref=sr_1_1/026-0516226-3522044?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1181987817&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Radeon-x1550-512mb-11093-10-20R/dp/B000N0OMDS/ref=sr_1_6/026-0516226-3522044?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1181987817&sr=1-6

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sapphire-Radeon-X1650-512MB-Graphics/dp/B000RF4CDO/ref=sr_1_15/026-0516226-3522044?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1181987817&sr=1-15

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inno3D-Geforce-8500GT-800MHz-Graphics/dp/B000Q2LRYA/ref=sr_1_16/026-0516226-3522044?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1181987817&sr=1-16

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All good choices.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 15, 2007 9:33 PM PDT
In reply to: Graphics card?

Read http://www.tomshardware.com/2007/05/01/the_best_gaming_video_cards_for_the_money/ and see if you picked one from their list.

"First of all, will any graphics card work ok? Or does it need to be a particular configuration to suit my PC? What are the things I need to see if they are compatible with my PC when looking for a graphics card?"

Yes. The units you picked appear to be 3 PCIe and the third one is an AGP. You need to figure out which your machine supports. Also some machines need a power supply upgrade.

Since you neglected our forum note I can't answer which one would possibly work (agp or pcie).

Here's the forum note you should see when posting.

"Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended."

Bob

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re: graphics card
by ramarc / June 17, 2007 9:45 AM PDT
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first, you need to determine what type of graphics slot you have: agp, pci express (pci-e), or none. (your list included both agp and pci-e.) your motherboard's manual/website will tell you this or you can download CPU-Z from here: http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php

next, you need to set a budget. pci-e versions of radeon x1650xt and geforce 7600gt should run you about

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PCI
by sunlord_clave / June 17, 2007 8:41 PM PDT
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It seems my motherboard has 2 PCI slots. What does this mean?

Other configurations are - 1 Gig ram, 80 gig HD, Vista.

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Hmm..
by sunlord_clave / June 17, 2007 9:34 PM PDT
In reply to: PCI

Actually, hang on. How do I find out if my graphic card slot is a PCI or PCI-express?

My graphic card is a ATI Radeon XPRESS 200 series (0x5A61)

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Can't tell yet.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2007 9:45 PM PDT
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Does your machine have a Make and Model?

Share that.

Bob

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by sunlord_clave / June 17, 2007 9:49 PM PDT
In reply to: Can't tell yet.

It is an E-system Ei-302.

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Sorry..
by sunlord_clave / June 17, 2007 9:50 PM PDT
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Ei-system e302.

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Is this a Packard Bell?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2007 10:05 PM PDT
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Sorry but you have the machine so only you can tell.

In fact, let's save me having to hunt it down and here's what I need you to do.

-> Reply with a link to the maker's web page on the machine.

Bob

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Its not a packard bell, its an Ei-system.....!
by sunlord_clave / June 17, 2007 10:10 PM PDT
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Then you have to open it up.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2007 10:13 PM PDT
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OK!
by sunlord_clave / June 18, 2007 1:37 AM PDT
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I spy...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2007 1:41 AM PDT
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2 white PCI slots.

I can't make out if that's a PCI 1X slot then above that is a blury slot and I can't tell is that's a PCIe slot.

-> The FOXCONN is the motherboard make so there is hope to identify the motherboard but your shot was too blurred for me to read it.

Look up FREE EVEREST and see if it or BELARC ADVISOR reports the motherboard model.

Bob

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Hang on...
by sunlord_clave / June 18, 2007 1:47 AM PDT
In reply to: I spy...

...Let me get a better pic.

Thanks for your help by the way!

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Why take a pic? You can googlecom that picture.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2007 1:53 AM PDT
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You can find online pictures of PCIe slots to compare with yours.

But the real work you need to do is to identify that mainboard. Try the tools I just mentioned.

Bob

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(NT) your motherboard has a pci-express slot
by ramarc / June 18, 2007 5:23 AM PDT
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Er....
by sunlord_clave / June 18, 2007 1:57 AM PDT
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by sunlord_clave / June 18, 2007 1:57 AM PDT
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Excuse the poor quality of my crappy camera!

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Links..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 18, 2007 2:02 AM PDT
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foxconn
by sunlord_clave / June 18, 2007 3:35 AM PDT
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