Video Card / Graphics Controller

Gateway / 510 xl sams
February 16, 2009 at 14:32:42
Specs: Windows xp, Pent 4; 3.0 Ghz; / 512 Ram
I want to start editing home video so I want to upgrade my PC. I know I will have to update RAM. I am confused about Video Card. When I look up my PC at gateway (510 XL Sams) it says my graphics controller is part of motherboard as follows:
Intel Extreme Graphics 2 controller
Universal 0.8 V / 1.5 V AGP 3.0 connector supporting 1X, 4X, and 8X AGP cards or an ADD card
Integrated retention mechanism

Gateway also sold this same PC configured different as a Media Center and it came with a Graphics Card as follows:
NVIDIA NV34 (Monza) Graphics Card R1
AGP 8X/4X system interface compliant with AGP 3.0 standard desired
128 MB of on-board memory

Software I want to load (Studio 12) says it needs to be direct X compatable. Here are my questions?
Graphics Controller, Video Card, Graphics Card; are they all for the same purpose.
Mine is on Motherboard, but if I add an AGP card will it override the controller on my motherboard?
Will I have to replace power supply if I ad Video Card? How do I know what i need? I appreciate any advice

See More: Video Card / Graphics Controller

Report •

February 16, 2009 at 15:23:45
"if I add an AGP card will it override the controller on my motherboard?"

You will most likely have to alter some BIOS settings to override the onboard graphics.

"Will I have to replace power supply if I ad Video Card?"

Maybe, maybe not. It would depend on the specs of your current PSU & which video card you choose. The Gateway component list says that you have a 250W PSU but two different units are from Delta & the other from FSP. Unfortunately, the amperage specs aren't given. My guess is the FSP unit would be the better of the two.

Here's your motherboard sepecs:

Report •

February 16, 2009 at 19:30:41
How would I go about altering BIOS and how would I know for sure I needed to?

Report •

February 16, 2009 at 20:06:25
Also, since I have the Specs for my Gateway in the previous thread, could anyone recommend what memory I should buy. I looked it up on Newegg and it came up with several choices. I currently have (256+0+256+0). I think I want 2 Gig so I figure will have to buy (512+512+512+512). Or would I be as well off to just buy 2- 1Gig and have a set up of (256+1G+256+1G)? I know this would be more than 2 Gig, but it might be cheaper, but I don't want to do cheaper if it is not the best setup. Does it matter if they don't all match. Is there a certain order?

Report •

Related Solutions

Ask Question