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Old 10-24-2009, 12:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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im giving away my old computer, but the person im giving it to wants to use it on a dvi-only monitor. current machine is a dell dimension 8100 from 2001 that only has integrated graphics and only VGA out. i thought about spending $30-$40 to updgrade to a stand alone video card with DVI because all of the cables/adapters for converting DVI/VGA get horrible reviews and for $30-$40 for a new card its no big deal.

question is...do i have PCI or PCIe on this machine? how can i find out? i was browsing through the administrator options in computer managment but not exactly sure what to look for - just want to make sure i buy the right video card interface... thanks for the help!
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thanks, looks like i have AGP and its not integrated after all, its a nvidia gforce2 mx. it does have s video out which may work, but i was thinking of replacing with this one:

EVGA 256-A8-N401-LR GeForce 6200 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 AGP 4X/8X Video Card - Retail

see any issues or anything else i need to consider?
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ya, that'd be fine. just as long as they dont plan on doing any gaming.
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As Philbar said, you'll be fine with that card. You should also be able to use any PCI cards too.
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yep, no gaming and looks like i have some extra PCI slots too. thanks for the help.
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