|Correct, would disabling the onboard video and adding a PCI card work? I can't seem to find any card except a low budget ATI card with only one video out adapter. It's a card that almost sounds as if under spec of some of my older cards. I fear trying this in case I cannot boot up aftwerwards. (No Recovery disk, etc)|
The problem seems to be that on the 280 model and with the PCI-E, it cuts me short from at least normal PCI slots and having a computer better than my older ones, which is what I hoped for.
I did however find a website that has a 400 W power supply for $50.00 but I estimate with shiping and total, I could buy a GX260 Tower for around a $100.00 and achieve what I wanted. Still, I'd have this computer and it's faster in proccesor speed. "better"
The GX260 has (it seems) the specs I need, however, the only problem is it's a desktop model. I picked one up for $50.00 and waiting on it. Cannot add a second hard drive, lower PSU than 250W.
I guess I just didn't think of PSU when buying them. If you know of any card that would perform on a 250W PSU, I'd appreciate the information and I will look further today on the PSU in this system but it does appear that even with a 300W PSU, I'd be limited. Cards I've looked at all ask for 350W PSU's.
My AMD X64 (which was built for gaming for newer games) had a video card installed and PCI-E and it caused the power supply and the motherboard to fry. I bought it and thankfully it was covered under warrenty, I have to pay a low fee for repairs but I certainly do not want something like this to happen again. My goal is to have 2 computers in which one can play newer games and another which can play older games. a Quad core processor will eventually be a upgrade for my AMD box but for now and with cost and games I only enjoy playing, it will be just fine.
So, it seems I made a mistake and purchased the GX280 Tower when in fact I should of purchased the GX260 Tower model instead. I could of perhaps used older cards and etc and been happy. Now, it's a matter of finding a good card for the GX280 to avoid further expense and another computer. For $100.00 or even $130.00 for the GX260, I wonder if not the best route but I do beleive with running a second drive, etc, my PSU of 250W would still be pushed.
I started playing Xbox and PS3 games due to the cost and etc with PC games and hardware upgrades but stil, I enjoy computer gaming more. Certainly there is a card for this GX280 which ofers 2 video out connectors and such as my FX5200 but is PCI-E rather than PCI? I'd consider a AGP card but I beleive the PCI-E would be the way to go if a card could be found.
Thanks Jam, any suggestions? Appreciate your time and help.
Thanks for the advice Jam.