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I have a built-in video adapter... a sloppy adapter. i want to upgrade it. but the ONLY available PCI slot is the small size. what video adapter (a more powerful adapter)is available for this type of motherboard?

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You need a PCI-E graphics card there are a huge variety available pick the one you can afford.

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Well, this pretty much comes down to how much $ or € or any other currency you're willing to spend as well as what games you're most likely to play.

If you don't wanna spend a fortune but still get a very good and reasonable performance, you could try GeForce 7600 GT or 7800 GT [7800 GT being better]. Both of these can be had quite cheaply these days. If you want something even more powerful that doesn't require you to sell a kidney on E-bay, then try GeForce 8800 GT, more precisely MSI NX8800GT-OC. Compared to ordinary 8800GT's, this one's beefed up just a bit more. Alternatively - if you can find that specific mode - almost any would do; still, I'd recommend Asus EN8800GT.

As you may have noticed, I've suggested only nVidia cards: I've never been too much into ATI + nVidia is leading the race these last few months. However, if you want to swing ATI way, then instead of 7800 GT find yourself a some ATI 1950 XT or whatever they call it. It is roughly equivalent to the 7800.

For high end ATI's, look for 3850 HD or something akin to that - there's a lot of review online.

Remember: read reviews first - shop later.


P.S. Make sure your PCI-Express x16 slot really is a x16 by reading your motherboard manual.

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Yes it does have an AGP slot, which you can confirm easily by looking at the motherboard. The AGP slot would be found at the top of the available slots and is brownish in color and slight smaller than the several white PCI slots.

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