PCI, PCI-e, and PCI x16 - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Closed Thread
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-31-2007, 02:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5
Question PCI, PCI-e, and PCI x16

I'm looking at building a relatively cheap but highly upgradable PC, and I'm wondering about the various PCI slots on the MOBO i'm thinking of. I know you want at least one PCI-e slot for your sound card, and at least one PCI x16 for your Graphics card, but what else are these used for?

Razrwolfe is offline  
Old 01-31-2007, 02:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 7,915
Send a message via Yahoo to talldude123

PCI slots are used for anything, from modems, ethernet cards, sound cards, and serial cards.

PCI Express slots are used for mostly video cards, but they are also present in ethernet cards and SATA cards.

talldude123 is offline  
Old 01-31-2007, 03:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5

How many of each should I look for then? And how is SLI going to affect this?
Razrwolfe is offline  
Old 01-31-2007, 06:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
Monster Techie
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 1,151
Send a message via AIM to Deathawk Send a message via Yahoo to Deathawk

It's PCI and PCIe x16.. The x4's, and x1's don't really matter.

PCI is used for sound cards, PCIe x16 is used for graphics cards.

SLI is a waste, honestly, 1 PCIe x16 slot is sufficient. For PCI it doesn't really matter that much either, 3 - 4 is fine though. Just because your motherboard has 2 PCIe x16 slots doesn't mean it's SLI or CF, however.
Deathawk is offline  
Old 01-31-2007, 07:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
Ultra Techie
Join Date: May 2006
Posts: 793

i'd recommend looking for one PCIe 16x, maybe two PCIe 1x and a couple PCI in a motherboard, something like the Gigabyte GA-945PL-S3 or the acclaimed "DS3"

\"I may or may not have put a loaf of bread in the dish washer\"
\"Once you go white a trailer is in sight\"
COD2_fanatic is offline  
Old 01-31-2007, 10:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
Newb Techie
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5

I was thinking something like this:

It has SLI seems like a good deal.
Thank you all for your help.

Razrwolfe is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:44 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.