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Installing A PCI-Express Slot?

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  1. soapyrx

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    I just bought a emachine (T5026) which contains only 2 PCI slots although there appears to be room for a PCI-E slot. Anyone hear or know to install one or if it can be done?
     
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    The computer should have a PCI-E slot, what do you want to use it for?
     
  3. Arcadion

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    The only way to add such a slot is to get a new motherboard.
     
  4. Jackiefrost9

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    Your computer has a PCI-Express X1 slot, it would be the small one by the PCI slots.
     
  5. soapyrx

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    I want to install a new graphics card since the one supplied kinda sucks. Something better so i can play games like hal-life 2 and so on. I was looking to get a geforce 6600 but that requires PCI-E.
    hhm i could have sworn i saw only 2 PCI slots. I guess i'll have to look again. Even with the PCI-E x 1 slot that wouldn't work with most of the new PCI-E cards since they are all x 16 would they?
     
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    no it wouldnt work, I dont even know if they make graphics cards for PCI Express x1. You could spend 100 bucks on a new mobo that has the slot you want, or just go for a PCI graphics card, even one of those would be an improvement over the onboard video.
     
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    There seems to be some conflicting information on this. Some sites mention x1, others, x16, and yet others say it doesn't have PCI Express at all. Being an Emachine anything is possible.
     
  8. soapyrx

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    man that sucks. oh well. Triple6 which sites are you looking at? I searched at bestbuy and even futureshop.ca and they just list 2 x PCI only. The emachines website doesn't even list at all what slots are available
     
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    Be this a lesson, don't buy Emachines junk.

    I looked through different results searching from Google.

    Also if you look up the Intel 915GV chipset it says it can support 4 PCI Express x1 slots.
     
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    well the computer was still a good deal but i guess that's why it was so cheap. You guys got any recommendations for the best PCI graphics card available?
     
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    A regular PCI video card won't be better then the Intel Media Accelerator. You should be able to allocate up to 224MB of RAM to the onboard video in the BIOS or in the driver settings.
     
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