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Graphics cards!

Discussion in 'Software' started by MutD, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. MutD

    MutD Specialist

    Hi all,
    I want to buy a graphics card to replace the crappy one I have now, but I haven't got a clue which one to buy!! I want to spend $250 tops. I dont have an agp slot :(
     
  2. SGC_Geek

    SGC_Geek Private First Class

    What are your system specifications?
     
  3. MutD

    MutD Specialist

    p4 3ghz
    776mb ddr ram
    40gb hdd
    windows xp
    u need anything else?
     
  4. MutD

    MutD Specialist

    oh yeah its a dell pc!
     
  5. SGC_Geek

    SGC_Geek Private First Class

    How did you manage to wind up with no agp slot?
     
  6. MutD

    MutD Specialist

    No idea! I'm almost sure I dont have an AGP slot, I have three slots that are the same length that I am assuming are pci slots, but nothing else. An agp slot is smaller than pci slots arent they?
    Is agp a lot better than pci?
     
  7. Jazagod

    Jazagod Command Sergeant Major

    no brown slot in there?
     
  8. Olley

    Olley Sergeant

    then u probably have an on board gpu. it would be a good idea to get a new mobo so u can get a propper gfx card
     
  9. SGC_Geek

    SGC_Geek Private First Class

    I don't think there are many PCI graphics cards around. What is your default on-board video card?

    And yes, you are missing out by not having an agp slot.
     
  10. Jazagod

    Jazagod Command Sergeant Major

    almost a question!

    some p4's have the PCI express, could this be why his mobo doesnt have an Agp slot? I'm buying a new laptop with the PCI express, and i'm sorta curios prior to getting it.
     
  11. Omegamerc

    Omegamerc MajorGeek

    If it has AGP it wont have PCI-E and vice versa; there is no real gain (Yet) from one over another but thats just a matter of time. Most people are waiting for the tech to mature to get real performance out of it.
     
  12. MutD

    MutD Specialist

    I definitely don't have an agp slot, but what is pci-express? How do I know if I have that?
    If I need to upgrade my mobo would I need to change the psu aswell? I read somewhere that I would have to.
     
  13. Olley

    Olley Sergeant

    u only need to upgrade your psu if the current one doesnt provide enough power for the new setup. if you buy a high end g-card u probably will have to get a larger psu but i dont think that u do for just a new mobo. try to find out how much watt yours provides
     
  14. MutD

    MutD Specialist

  15. MutD

    MutD Specialist

    This thread would probably be best in the hardware section! Can somebody with relevant powers please move it?
     
  16. Omegamerc

    Omegamerc MajorGeek

    For a PCI-E or an AGP slot you would first need to buy a new motherboard that has that slot and that fits a celeron in it. That would range from 80-150$. A good psu will go for 100$. Again like its been said depending on the video card you buy - you might or might not need to buy a PSU.
     

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