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Graphics card clarification.


A month or so ago you assisted me with a previous question I had. The thread is at the bottom of this message. I thought my problem was solved but I have one lasting question. I do not know what kind of slots my Computer actually has. I am not sure if it has the PCI-Express slot needed by High-end graphics cards. My computer works at a speed of 2.8 GHz, and it is a stock T3830, minus added RAM and CD-Drives.

If you could tell me what slots are in this machine, that would be fantastic. I have no idea how to find out myself!

Thanks, Ikou14


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This pic will explain the various types of slots. You will have to access your motherboard first, of course :)

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