Pci express or pci?

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March 28, 2010 at 07:17:27
Specs: Windows XP, Intel Celeron 2.00ghz, 256mb (upgrading soon)
Hey, I was wondering if you know what this
thing is???

Basicly, on my motherboard I have pci ports
and I want to install a 256mb pci card but
there all pci-e, I have a pci port thing that is
just bigger than my pci one and it is white, it
doesnt look backward and its ending bit (the
bit at the end, sepperated by the front) is
bigger than the pci. Do you know what port it
is and if I could use it???

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March 28, 2010 at 07:34:05
If you're hoping to play games & play them well, don't waste your money on a standard PCI card. If your motherboard has an AGP or PCI-express sot, USE IT!

Since you didn't bother to list the make/model of your system or make/model of your board, it's hard to point you in the right direction. But you definitely need a lot more RAM though...256MB is pathetic. You shouldn't even be running XP on that system.

Have a look at this:


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March 28, 2010 at 07:47:30

If you're going to be using the graphics card for high-end rendering such as games, then you'd go for PCI Express since it has far greater data throughput than PCI.

Basically PCI Express is able to process alot more data at anytime, more bandwith.

Lee Cook

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March 28, 2010 at 08:06:53
BTW - I was going to sort out the ram, I was upgrading the
ram in my mums pc (for her b-day, yh, I kno, lol) and just
swapped it round cause I didn't have time and she was
complianing all the time, lol. So I put it in there (the ram was
the same make but diff. size.) Now that i got more time i can
upgrade mine, so i was thinking more ram and better graphics
than onboard (onboard is *beep*).

This link has the pic off my motherboard, if u look at the
bottom, u see the two white ones, the bottom one is the one
im looking for the name. If u cant see it correctly then search
google images "Dell optiplex gx60 motherboard". if i cant
upgrade it to a better graphics pc then ill just sell it...

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March 28, 2010 at 08:07:23

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March 28, 2010 at 08:34:19
If you just want to get away from the crappy integrated graphics, throw in a cheap, low profile, standard PCI card. But if you hope to turn that system into a gamer, you can forget it.


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March 28, 2010 at 10:11:42
i was thinking of selling it, thought that putting a 3d/"better" one
in there would help, i guess i should put xp on there and just sell
it. Or just use as server or something, idk. have to see...

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March 28, 2010 at 11:39:02
Sorry, but that board just plain sucks. Do you have the whole system or just the board? Looking at the port layout, it can only be used in the Dell case. And the long slot on the bottom appears to be for a daughter card.

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March 28, 2010 at 11:53:05

The slot on the bottom is just a PCI slot that's universally compatible for smaller and larger daughter cards.

This system would not be suitable for gaming really, gaming requires hi-speed components, and decent motherboards.

It's not just all about the processor and RAM, you have too think about Front Side Bus (FSB) speeds etc.

For a decent motherboard, go for something like an Asus or MSI. The motherboard after all is what will limit too what you can and can not do in the long run.

Lee Cook

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March 28, 2010 at 14:03:07
okai, thanks for the advice, i was just considering on making the system just an office/kids use/internet use but i will just upgrad ram to max, restore xp and sell.

THANKS EVERYONE, really appreiciete it.
(Im actually 14 not 7 or something if thats what u were thinkin'!)

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March 28, 2010 at 14:03:39

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