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Upgrading graphics card onto gx280 motherboard

I wish to add a graphics card to above probably agp type card but do not think I have an appropriate slot onboard. Can u confirm and/or suggest best type of graphics card connection slot for above motherboard. Many thanks in anticipation. Ross

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    What model of PCI Express is best to used? if the video card is too wide, it can't fit my tower...please reply

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You need to find a "PCI Express" video card. Your Motherboard does not have an AGP slot. There are lots of them to choose from. Better to pay more now and get more memory on the video card than to regret the purchase and buy another one. IMHO

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Buy a low profile pcie video card (such as nvidia 7300gs, 8400gs or ati x300). fits perfectly with my gx280 small form factor slim desktop. now i can run latest games, low to medium settings.

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I have windows 7 on my opitplex gx260 and want to upgrade the grafic card recomendations


The Optiplex GX260 is limited in it's graphics card upgrading, due to,

1) The limited size inside the computer case, if the Optiplex GX260 is a Small Form Factor, (SFF), or Small Desktop computer.
The Small Mini-Tower may also be fairly limited because of size constraints.

SFF is,
3.57 inches Tall (9.0cm)
12.54 inches Wide (31.9cm)
13.93 inches Long (35.4cm)

Small Desktop,
4.2 inches Tall (10.6cm)
15.3 inches Wide (38.9cm)
17 inches Long (43.2cm)

Small Mini-Tower,
16.7 inches Tall (42.5 cm)
7.1 inches Wide (18.1cm)
17.6 inches Long (44.7cm)

2) Uses AGP graphics cards.
However will use either 4X or 8X AGP graphics cards.
(AGP 8X being the better technology)

3) Power Supply
It's a 200 Watt supply, probably with a 10 Amp, 12 Volt power rail.
With one of the more powerful AGP 8X graphics cards out there, you probably will be alright, but the age of the power supply is what concerns me.

With the added load of an AGP 8X graphics card, it could cause the power supply to fail. Perhaps not right away, but probably right in the middle of a killer game.

The motherboard chipset is an Intel 845G.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Intel_chipsets#Pentium_4_Chipsets

The motherboard chipset is the Northbridge, and Southbridge chipset.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Motherboard_diagram.svg

(CPU stands for Central Processing Unit, or Microprocessor, or Processor)

When dealing with Integrated Graphics such as is on your motherboard now, the Southbridge chip handles it.
(Chip, and Chipset are slang terms for I.C., or Integrated Circuit)

The Northbridge chip on the Optiplex GX260 is an Intel 845G. The Southbridge chip is an Intel ICH4.

Just about any AGP 8X graphics card, will S-M-O-K-E the integrated graphics you have now.

Also Integrated Graphics has to use some of the System Resources.
Some of the Processor, and Ram Memory resources.
With a dedicated graphics card, it has it's own Processor, and Ram Memory.
(GPU - Graphics Processing Unit, and graphics ram memory)

This frees up the System Resources for the computer, and allows better graphics.

The SFF, and Small Desktop GX260 will require using a half-height graphics card. Not as tall as a normal graphics card.

The Small Mini-Tower may also. The computer case size is measured at the Outside edges. This doesn't give you an accurate measurement, of Inside the computer case.

For this type of GX260, you will have to physically measure from the AGP graphics expansion slot, (The small black slot above the white PCI slots, and below the Processor socket), to the inside edge of the computer case.

Determine whether the graphics card has to be half-height, or full height.

In an added comment I will list three AGP 8X graphics cards examples.
One in a half-height configuration, two in a full height configuration.

Apr 13, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX260 PC Desktop

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What type of graphics card would I need to upgrade


Open the case.
Is there an add-on video-card, or is the video "integrated" onto the motherboard?

If not, then look at the "empty" slots for add-on cards.

The WHITE coloured slots will take a PCI (not PCI-Express) video-card.

If there is a BROWN slot that does *NOT* line-up with the ends of the WHITE slots, the slot will take an AGP video-card.

If there a DARK-coloured slot that *ALMOST* lines-up with the end of the WHITE slots, the slot will take a PCI-express video-card.


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I want to add a grapic card to my motherboard..


you will need an AGP type graphics card for this motherboard, not a PCI-E....hope this helps

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Increase graphics card memory


go to your bios setting > chipset feature > onchip AGP.
you can increase your Graphic card from ther if it is on bourd.

Jan 28, 2009 | Asrock P4I45GV R5 Motherboard

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For adding an additional graphics card


Your board only supports AGP 4x graphic cards. You should be able to use any AGP 4x card or even some AGP 8x cards. Some of the 8x cards are backwards compatible but will run at the slower 4x speed. You can try places like TigerDirect.com or Newegg.com to see what they have available. Hope this helps & please remember to rate my answer. Thanks.

Jan 24, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Graphic card compatability


Usually the manufacturer's site will have some sort of list, but really, you can generally figure it out for yourself. First, find out what kind of graphics card slot your motherboard has. If it is relatively new, it will probably have PCIe (other options are AGP or just PCI). Next, find out how much power the card you want will draw, and figure out if your Power Supply Unit (PSU) will have enough juice to run it. If you have a card in mind, just post a link to the card, and one to your system (or if you built it yourself, to the site for your motherboard and PSU), and I'll do the math :)

But honestly, short of slot type and power supply, there isn't a whole lot that will actually prevent you from choosing whichever card you want.

Dec 22, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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What Video Card?


http://www.3dvelocity.com/reviews/dellgx280/gx280.htm

that gives you some info about your pc, your current graphics card wont work in your pc, it would aslo depend on how much your looking to spend on a graphics card for your machine. yours takes 16x pci express.

Oct 01, 2008 | Dell OptiPlex GX280 PC Desktop

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GRAPHICS CARD


That motherboard and videa card connect using the AGP standard so you are quite limited to what video cards you can get without upgrading the entire system. Also, since your system is that old getting a modern graphics card will not help much as the processor (CPU) will limit it greatly.

nVidia has not released an AGP card in a few generations but they did have some back with the 7600 AGP. ATI released an AGP version of it's last generation of cards with the HD3850.

I personally think you are wasting your money and should consider upgrading your entire system if you are planning an playing any games. I would suggest getting the cheapest AGP video card you can find say a GeForce 6200 or Radeon X1550. Don't spend more than $50 or $60.

Remember that it must be AGP to fit on your motherboard. Another thing to consider is that any AGP video card you buy for you current system will not work in any new computer.

Aug 22, 2008 | Asrock P4i45PE Motherboard

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Upgrading VIDEO CARD


If your motherboard's graphics slot is AGP and your graphics card is AGP then it should be fine if your motherboard is PCI-E and graphics is PCI-E it also is fine make sure your motherboard and graphics are compatible.

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AGP


You can add an AGP Graphics card if an AGP slot (Not White) is provided on the motherboard not a connector just to clarify.

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