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Old 10-08-2007, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to upgrade my friends video card, but I am unsure what kind of video card type I need to purchase. PCI express, or PCI, or AGP....etc. I think I know the answer, but I want to make sure I know the right one to purchase before I actually buy one. Here are the motherboard specs: nothing fancy, I just want to make sure I know which ones may be compat with the motherboard, and if it requires PCI express, PCI, or AGP......

CPU Socket 478 for Intel Pentium 4 processor
FSB 800/ 533/ 400MHz
Support Hyper-Threading Technology
CHIPSET SiS® 661FX & 964
North Bridge: SiS® 661FX
South Bridge: SiS® 964
GRAPHICS Integrated SiS Real256E Graphics
MEMORY 2 x 184-pin DDR DIMM socket support up to 2 GB
Support DDR400/333/266 MHz 2.5V DDR SDRAM
EXPANSION SLOT 1 x AGP 8X/4X slot
3 x PCI slots
1 x CNR slot
STORAGE Support by SiS® 964
4 x Ultra DMA133/100/66 devices


2 x Serial ATA devices


RAID0 & RAID1 configuration
AUDIO Realtek ALC655 6-Channel audio CODEC
Compliant with AC'97 2.3 specification
LAN Realtek RTL8201BL 10/100 Mbps Fast Ethernet PHY
REAR PANEL I/O 1 x PS/2 keyboard & PS/2 mouse connectors
4 x USB ports
1 x RJ45 LAN connector
1 x VGA port
1 x Parallel port (LPT1)
1 x Serial port (COM1)
1 x Audio ports (Line-in, Line-out, Mic-in)
INTERNAL I/O CONNECTORS & HEADERS 1 x 20-pin ATX Power Supply Connector & 4-pin 12V Connector
1 x Floppy connector supports 360K~2.88M Bytes, 3 Mode FDDs or LS120
2 x IDE connectors
2 x Serial ATA connectors
2 x USB 2.0 header support additional 4 USB Ports
1 x SPDIF out .......


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Needs AGP.
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AGP as stated above, just be careful about the power supply... find something that will be compliant to what PSU your friend has, unless your going to upgrade that as well.
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AGP.... its there
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Ah... good to see a SiS chipset.
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not meaning to hijack this thread...but in tmoore specs he has mentioned
EXPANSION SLOT
1 x AGP 8X/4X slot
3 x PCI slots

now he does have 3 PCI slots, so why cant he use a PCI express video card...or am I missing something.....
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PCI and PCI Express are 2 different things. If you look on your motherboard, the PCI Slot is the short white slot. PCI Express is almost double the length, but looks the exact same.
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PCI and PCI Express are 2 different things. If you look on your motherboard, the PCI Slot is the short white slot. PCI Express is almost double the length, but looks the exact same.
thats right... he can use a PCI (regular kind) video card... but those sorta suck... as their best card is the x1550......
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