Hello to all and also my man Trottman.
I just inherited an alright PC that want to make into a mid-performance gaming rig for my friends to us and rig to bring to LAN parties.
The rig I was given that I want to upgrade is a Gateway GT5228, not the best the price was right, free. Specs are at the bottom of the page.
I am looking to upgrade is graphics card. The thing that is limiting me in my mind is the fact that there is no PCI-Express ×16 2.0 slot.
Any ideas of what PCI-Express ×16 graphics card I should get that is reasonable in price (under $100)??
I was looking at something like the following but it is always good to hear what others think:
XFX GeForce 8500 GT Ultra Silent Cooling Video Card - 512MB DDR2, SLI Ready, PCI Express 1.0 x16, (Dual Link) DVI, VGA, HDTV PVT86JYAHG at TigerDirect.com
Thanks for the help in advance.
Specs on hardware:
Gateway Support - Components list for 1009153
Part Number: 1009153Gateway GT5228 Media Center Computer
Following are the specifications for the Gateway® GT5228 Media Center computer.
Processor AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 4200+ dual-core processor with AMD64 Technology
* 2.2 GHz
* 2000 MHz system bus
* L2 cache: 512 KB ×2
# Memory Installed: 2048 MB DDR2 533 MHz (PC4200) (two 1024 MB modules)
# Expandable to: 4 GB
Video Integrated NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100 graphics
Up to 128 MB of shared video memory
Audio Integrated 8-Channel (7.l) High Definition Audio
Hard Drive 250 GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA II hard drive with 8 MB cache)
Optical Drive Double layer 16X DVD+/-RW drive
* Write max: 16X DVD-/+R, 6X DVD-RW, 8X DVD+RW, 4X DVD+R DL, 40X CD-R, 24X CD-RW.
* Read max: 16X DVD-ROM, 40X CD-ROM
Media Reader 9-in-1 Digital Media Manager supporting the following:
* CompactFlash Card
* IBM MicroDrive
* Memory Stick
* Memory Stick Pro
* SmartMedia Card
* Secure Digital(SD)/MMC
* Compact Flash
* Multimedia Card
* xD-Picture Card
* USB 2.0 or later
Modem 56K ITU V.92 ready Fax/Modem
Network Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
Power Supply 300 watt
# Interfaces PS/2 keyboard port
# PS/2 mouse port
# Seven USB 2.0 ports (four on rear panel, two on front panel, one in media reader)
# Two IEEE-1394 connectors (both on front-panel)
# One parallel port
# One VGA monitor port
# One RJ-45 LAN port
# Eight audio jacks (six on rear panel, two on front panel)
# Add-In Card Slots One PCI-Express ×16
# One PCI-E ×1
# Two PCI Conventional
# Drive Bays Two external 3.5-inch
# Two external 5.25-inch
# Two internal 3.5-inch
# Input Devices Multimedia keyboard
# USB optical mouse
Speakers Amplified, USB powered stereo speakers
Dimensions (H × W × D) 15.4 × 7.3 × 17.9 inches
Weight 23.5 lbs (computer only, no packaging)
Link to find more info if needed:
Gateway Support - 1009153*Gateway GT5228 Media Center Computer