Wondering if there is an alternative to a new motherboard?

December 26, 2011 at 11:32:28
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 HT
I have a Dell Optiplex GX270. I was looking to buy a cheap PC and upgrade it, however when I found a reasonable graphics card to get I saw it was for a PCIe slot. I ran a scan with a program (AIDA64) and it said I only have 2 PCIs and a AGP 8x sockets, I feel like a moron for not doing my research when ordering it and I'm wondering if there is any alternative to buying a new motherboard?

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December 26, 2011 at 14:14:06
Your post is very confusing. I'm assuming you bought a pci-e graphics card and can't use it in your Optiplex gx270. Your best bet is to send it back and next time ask before you buy something. The optiplex isn't worth upgrading.

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December 26, 2011 at 19:17:02
As grasshopper said, it's not worth upgrading. You can't use the PCIe card so you either have to send it back & take a hit on the shipping & restocking fee (if there is one), OR you may be able to sell it for what you paid, OR you can build an entirely new system from scratch. There's probably very little worthwhile re-using out of the old/outdated GX270.


Which card did you order? And for what purpose - gaming?

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