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How do I find out what video and sound cards i can get.

by Doomlizard / December 13, 2008 6:27 AM PST

I am looking to upgrade from a nvidia geforce 8800gt video card and from my onboard sound card to a new soundblaster. I want to find out the specs i Have to work with., the address for my mother board specs is http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERBD/Shared/4006254R/4006254Rsp2.shtml , however i'm wondering if the slots listed there are all the slots on the board (including whats alreadybeing used) or just the ones left open. that the page does not take into account which slots are used in my pc (a gateway fx7020) do you know how i can find this out?

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You'll have to open it and look to be sure
by VAPCMD / December 13, 2008 1:39 PM PST

but docs say you have

# One PCI Express

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be careful with the 8800gt upgrade
by ramarc / December 14, 2008 5:53 AM PST

that's still a very good card. a 9800gt uses the exact same GPU and is no faster. an 8800gts/512, 9800gtx+, radeon hd 4850 is only about 10-20% faster and may not make a $150 difference in your gameplay experience.

you should only replace the 8800gt if you're moving up to a geforce 260 or radeon hd 4870 or faster.

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