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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Holly3278, Aug 7, 2006.

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  1. Holly3278

    Holly3278 Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone. I have finally gotten my birthday money and have decided to upgrade my video card with it. However, I am wondering if this new video card I have picked out will be compatible with my PC or not. Therefore, I am asking for some help. My basic PC details are available in my signature and the video card I have picked out is at the link below:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16814140051

    What do you think? :confused:
     
  2. Rich-M

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    Most likely but positive ID requires motherboard brand or pc brand so we can see if you have agp slot.
     
  3. Holly3278

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    Well I don't know the brand of my motherboard but the brand of my PC is a Nobilis Equus.
     
  4. seekermeister

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    From what I could see of that brand, the computers are all custom made. That would mean that you would either need the original order specs, or better yet, open the case to identify the motherboard, or merely see if it has an AGP slot. AGP is usually above the PCI slots and is brown.
     
  5. Holly3278

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    Okay well I looked at this big sticker thing in the box where I keep my PC stuff in and there was a diagram and it said AGP on it so I am thinking that I likely have an AGP slot. Is there any utilities I can use to find out whether or not I have the slot or whatever? (I really don't feel like opening the case up right now. :p )
     
  6. EasY_TargeT

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    Open up your case is there a brown slot on the top of all the slots usually located on the bottom of your motherboard. If there is then you have agp
     
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    The card requires an 8X AGP compliant motherboard. Is that what yours is? You're going to need to find the make and model info for your board, and then get the specs on it.
     
  8. Holly3278

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    I'm not sure how I'm going to find that out but anyway I did open up the case and practiced uninstalling and reinstalling the video card and I do have an AGP slot.
     
  9. Holly3278

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    Okay here's the info on my motherboard:

    Board: Intel Corporation D845GBV AAA84538-301
    Serial Number: I don't think you need to know this.
    Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
    BIOS: Intel Corp. RG84510A.86A.0014.P07.0208231211 08/23/2002
     
  10. Jones

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    EDIT: Scratch that last message. I missed something.


    That board does have an AGP slot, but it's only 4X speed. You can use an 8x card, but it will function slower.

    Here's a link to the page with your board's info:
    http://www.intel.com/design/motherbd/bv/index.htm
     
  11. Holly3278

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    Okay well I kind of need to know this stuff before I install the card cause as far as I know, I cannot send the card back if I open the package. How slow will my card function? Will it still be faster than the one I currently have (Geforce 2 64mb)? Also, the system requirements says it must be an 8x slot but yet the interface thing says 4x/8x. What does that mean? That it'll work with either? Would I be better off just returning the card for one that is more compatible with my slot?
     
  12. Jones

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    Absolutely.

    Also, I don't believe there is any physical difference in the slot type 4X or 8X, so it should fit. But naturally, an 8X card will transfer data at 1/2 times the speed it is capable of.

    The speed of the AGP slot is one factor, but the core speed of the GPU and the speed of the memory have the most impact on performance. Also, the new card will be capable of rendering higher quality textures than your current card, so you'll be getting an improvement in pretty much every aspect of graphics. Granted, the card you've picked isn't very high end, but it will still be a huge improvement over a GeForce 2.
     
  13. Holly3278

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    Hmmm well thanks. I'd like to get some opinions from some other people here on the forums as well before I choose to open the package and install it. I really don't want to end up with a card that doesn't fit or something and not be able to return it. ;)
     
  14. Rich-M

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    First of all you can return a card at most places though if the package is opened you might pay a 15% restocking fee.
    Now that isn't a bad price but it also isn't a great vodeo card and I doubt seriously you will see much improvement. To do that you wopuld need to upgrade to at least a 6600 to see aq major improvement.
     
  15. Holly3278

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    Well to be honest, in my opinion, this card is a major improvement over my current one. That and I'm not really looking for leading edge technology. I just want one that will work with my new games that require a newer video card. Also Rich, do you think that my new video card will be compatible with my PC based upon the information that I have thus far given in this thread?
     
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