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What type of video card can I use on this motherboard? D945GZIS AGP? PCI? PCI EXPRESS?

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Your MoBo has (1) of each PCI Express x1 & and PCI Express x16 slots, and (2) standard PCI slots. There are NO AGP bus slots on this board. You'd want to use buy a PCI Express x16 video card instead of a PCI video card due to the better performance offered by the PCI Express cards.

The full details of your motherboard are below:


Product Description The Intel Desktop Board D946GZIS delivers an integrated graphics solution in the Essential Series by combining exceptional value with quality and reliability and supports Intel Core2 Duo, Intel Pentium D, Intel Pentium 4, and Intel Celeron D processors with 1066/800/533 MHz system bus in the LGA775 package. This board features a PCI Express x16 connector, integrated 10/100 LAN, dual-channel DDR2 memory, Intel High Definition Audio (Intel HD Audio) and up to eight USB 2.0 ports.
Processor Model: D946GZIS Chipset Type: Intel 946GZ Express Processor Socket: LGA775 Socket Installed Qty (Max Supported): 0 ( 1 ) BIOS Type: Intel Storage Controler: ATA-100
Memory RAM Installed ( Max ): 0 MB / 4 GB (max) Supported RAM Speed: PC2-4300, PC2-5300 RAM Features: Unbuffered, dual channel memory architecture
Audio Audio Output: Sound card Sound Output Mode: 5.1 channel surround Compliant Standards: High Definition Audio
Expansion / Connectivity Expansion Slot(s): 1 PCI Express x1, 1 PCI Express x16, 1 processor - LGA775 Socket, 2 PCI, 2 memory ( 1.8 V ) - DIMM 240-pin Interfaces: 4 x Hi-Speed USB - 4 pin USB Type A, 1 x serial - RS-232 - 9 pin D-Sub (DB-9), 1 x parallel - IEEE 1284 (EPP/ECP) - 25 pin D-Sub (DB-25), 1 x display / video - VGA - 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15), 1 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45, 1 x audio - line-in - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x audio - line-out - mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 1 x microphone - input - mini-phone 3.5 mm, 1 x storage - floppy interface - 34 pin IDC, 1 x keyboard - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style), 1 x mouse - generic - 6 pin mini-DIN (PS/2 style)

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