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Solved: PCI Video Card.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Moonlit, Jan 22, 2011.

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  1. Moonlit

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    I am wondering if someone could recommend a specific card for my computer. I don't have an AGP slot available. Here are my specs:

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    OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.93GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 3 Stepping 4
    Processor Count: 1
    RAM: 1527 Mb
    Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 70742 MB, Free - 15961 MB; D: Total - 7773 MB, Free - 2325 MB;
    Motherboard: ASUSTek Computer INC., Guppy , 1.03, MB-1234567890
    Antivirus: None <<<<I use Norton.
     
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    Is this a Compaq or HP pc and what model number would be a big help?
     
  3. Moonlit

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    Sorry about that. It's an HP Pavilion a1000n.
     
  4. flavallee

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    If your computer doesn't have an AGP slot and only has PCI slots, it's obviously a pretty old model.

    It's my guess the power supply isn't much larger than 100 - 125 watts, so you'll be pretty limited as to what PCI video card you can use.

    A PCI ATI Radeon 7000/7500 with 64 - 128 MB of video memory would probably be your best bet.

    That video card has worked well for me for upgrading old desktops.

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    If you're wanting to upgrade the integrated Intel 82845 graphics controller to a PCI Video card with the thoughts of using that old computer for gaming, don't waste your time.

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  5. Moonlit

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    Thank you for the replies. I'm hoping to get a little upgrade for video and some 2d style gaming out of this. Will it give me a small, but noticeable upgrade?
     
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    Here is the support site for the HP Pavilion a1000n desktop.

    Considering it was manufactured in March 2005 and is less than 6 years old, I'm surprised that the motherboard doesn't have an AGP slot.

    There's no mention of the power supply wattage.

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  7. Moonlit

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    Any way to figure the power supply out quickly?
     
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    I see that you've added a 1024 MB module to the original 512 MB module and now have 1536 MB of RAM in that desktop. If you plan to do light video and gaming in it, I would go one step further and max it out to 2048 MB.

    You may be okay with a PCI video card with 128 MB of video memory. Select one that has a heatsink instead of a cooling fan because it'll consume less power and make it more likely to work with a low wattage power supply.

    A video card with its own dedicated video memory is usually better than integrated graphics that uses part of the computer's RAM.

    Just don't expect miracles with that desktop.

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  9. flavallee

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    You'll probably need to open the case and read the label on the power supply unit.

    You can then google the brand name and model number.

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  10. Moonlit

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    Thank you for the advice. I'm not expecting anything great out of this(maybe ~10 framerate or something?). Could you maybe give me a specific model or 3 to look at?
    Edit: Or the ones you listed already will do? Edit 2: Did not see the post about opening the case..will do.
     
  11. flavallee

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    Go to www.newegg.com and then select desktop video cards and then navigate to the PCI models.

    This site is great for selecting and ordering video cards for old desktops.

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  12. Moonlit

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    Thank you very much, will do. My power supply is an HP-D2537F3R. Seems to have up to 250w. Edit: I'll mark this solved.
     
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    The www.newegg.com and www.amazon.com sites both identify it as a Hipro HP-D2537F3R 250-watt power supply.

    You'll be okay with a PCI video card with 128 MB of video memory, and possibly even one with 256 MB of video memory, as long as you select a heatsink model and not a cooling fan model.

    Here is the list of 71 PCI models at newegg. There are 13 with an ATI chipset and 58 with a NVIDIA chipset.

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  14. Moonlit

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    Thank you so much.
     
  15. flavallee

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    You're welcome, and good luck. :) (y)

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