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PCI Graphic card for Tomb Raider underworld

I'm confused looking at the minimum spec for Tomb Raider underworld and graphic cards. It says:

GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce 6 series 6800GT (or better) / ATI 1800XT (or better)

However, the Dell Dimension 3000 that I have only has PCI slots, can I buy a graphic card that meets this spec that will fit in a PCI slot, they all seem to be PCI-e ?

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    Thanks for your help, but unfortunately I don't think this PC has any PCI-e slots. When I've looked inside and also looking at the technical diagrams there are just three PCI slots, and certainly the one PCI-e card I did get wouldn't fit anywhere in the computer.

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Hi,
There are PCI slots in your Machine and one or two PCI-Express slots (one of which might be very short). Usually the Graphics PCI-Express slot is the one on top (right below the CPU).
In order to play Tombraider at a decent speed, you should consider buying a Graphicscard for about 100-120$ going to low will result in low framerates, going to high is not worth the money since graphics cards are becoming obsolete in a matter of 2 years or so...

so get yourself a decent PCE-E GraphicsCard and youll be all set!
Hope this was understandable =)

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