16x pci express

January 3, 2010 at 04:10:43
Specs: Windows XP, core-2-duoE4500/2gb ddr2
I have Intel original MB(D945GCNL) with Intel Core-2-duo & 2gb DDR2 ram & 160gb pata hdd. MB has no agp card slot, but pci express 1x & 16x slots. What type of pci express(1x or 16x) should i use. Please give some product details with price. I have no idea about this. Please help.

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January 3, 2010 at 05:09:27
Definitely 16x

But you also need a good Power Supply to go with it (firstly)

Your Power Supply should have a 24pin plug in the Motherboard
And an additional power plug available for the new Video card
And should be around 30A minimum possibly around 400Watt (minimum)
You will need to open the side cover and check what your Power Supply has (additional plugs, Wattage; and if it has a 24pin plug in the motherboard (or if 4pins are not plugged in)

Power Supply before Video card
And I don't know why you mentioned AGP, that's old fashioned obsolete connection. If you had one of those (which you don't) I'd say replace the whole computer

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January 3, 2010 at 06:31:25
PCI-E x16 replaced AGP 8X as the upgrade slot for graphics cards about 4-5 years ago. There are plenty of x16 cards to choose from but to be able to help, we need to know the purpose...HD video? gaming? If decent gaming is what you're after, we'd need an idea of which games...some require more 'horsepower' than others.

I'm sure you have a power supply with a 24-pin main plug with 4-pin ATX12V plug, but kimsland is correct in that you should open your case & get the specs off the power supply label. Look for a brand name, model number, total wattage rating and the amperage ratings for the +3.3v, +5v & +12v rails. Of these, the +12v is the most important. If your power supply is borderline, it will be up to you whether to upgrade it along with the card or to just install a low power card. Anything you install will be better than the crappy Intel GMA950 integrated graphics.

The Radeon HD4670 is the card most often recommended for system with weak power supplies. It has very good performance & uses very little power compared to other gaming cards. Have a look at the following article:

Best Graphics Cards For The Money: December '09

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