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Upgrading my Video card

My pc doesnt have a pci express slot but it does have the AGP x8 slot. the hp tech i spoke with said i should get the regular pci video card over a agp but everything i read the agp is better. what do you reccomend and what is the best video card to buy between $100 and $150.

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  • bigtonydar8r May 12, 2009

    the Radeon X850 AGP looks cool but dont i want something with 512mb video memory. the x850 only has 256mb

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AGP is the older slot, PCI (Not express) is a dinosaur, you'll be lucky if you could find a PCI video card these days and if you did they are terrible in performance. A good card that I would recommend is an Radeon X850 AGP, you will find this card performs quite well and is inexpensive on ebay.
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  • Dudeman321 May 12, 2009

    With your budget, you could get a Radeon X1950 or X1650 512MB, sorry I missed your budget when I read the post, the x850 are going for under $50 and perform quite well.

  • Dudeman321 May 12, 2009

    If you were interested in an Nvidia card rather than an ATI(AMD) then you would be looking in the price range of a Nvidia 7950 GT AGP card.

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Get an ATI Radeon 512GB. Vitally

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First you need to know what type of graphic card is compatible with your motherboard and how much space you have inside of the PC tower.

Since newer cards use a lot of power, it is also important to check your PCs power supply.
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If your motherboard uses a PCI Express expansion slot then write down the amount of lanes (x1, x4, x8 or x16).


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Download the motherboard's manual or review the specifications.


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Write down the power supply's voltage (3.3V, 5V or 12V) and amp rating (designated by "A").
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Compare the graphics card you want to buy to the motherboard's expansion slot.
AGP cards won't work in motherboards using PCI Express, and vice versa.


Similarly, AGP 3.0 cards won't work in motherboards using AGP 1.0. A PCI Express x8 card will not fit in a PCI Express x1 slot.

Check the voltage and amperage of the video card to the voltage and amperage on your motherboard.


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Hope you mean upgraded ram to 8 GB 8 mb is not much ram to run a computer.

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Use of PCI-e x16 slot for non-video card


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WHY would you want to do that?

There is a PCI-Express x1 slot on the motherboard.
Black in color, and in-between the black PCI-Express x16 slot, and a white PCI slot.

Use the PCI-E x1 RAID adapter card in the PCI-E x1 slot, and a PCI-Express graphics card in the PCI-E x16 slot. Sheesh!

A PCI-Express slot is not an evolved PCI slot.
Completely different technologies.

PCI uses a shared Parallel bus architecture, while PCI-Express is based on Serial point-to-point.

So your idea of how to 'fix' your problem, is to use a PCI-E x1 card in a PCI-Express x16 slot, and a PCI graphics card in a PCI slot?

Completely backwards.

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

PCI-Express x16 slot uses the same lanes from the Northbridge, as the OnBoard video?

UTTER NONSENSE!

The Northbridge chip handles the Faster capabilities of a computer.
Handles the Processor, Ram Memory, and HIGH-SPEED Graphics.

HIGH-SPEED graphics is the Accelerated Graphics Port (AGP) technology, and the PCI-Express technology.

The Southbridge chip handles the Slower capabilities of a computer.

The PCI bus is one of those slower capabilities handled by the Southbridge chip.

The PCI bus is also a shared bus. This slows data down.
The AGP bus, and PCI-Express bus are Not shared. They also have a direct link to the Northbridge chip.

The PCI Bus has to go through the Southbridge chip, which has to go through the Internal Bus, THEN to the Northbridge chip.

OnBoard video, or Integrated Graphics, uses the PCI bus.
When you inserted the PCI-E x1 RAID card in the PCI-Express x16 slot, and a PCI graphics card in the PCI slot, BIOS just assigned another IRQ for the PCI-Express x16 slot.
(Interrupt Request)

No fancy technology going on there.

Backwards technology going on with a PCI-Express x1 card in a PCI-Express x16 slot, though.

I do not concur, and do not think that is a good solution, Kevin.

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