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Old 10-29-2007, 12:21 PM   #1
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Do I have PCI e?


I need a new graphics card to work with a new monitor, LG Flatron L226W 22" LCD.)

I'm thinking ofr an nVidia XFX GeForce 8500 GT
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...&Sku=P450-8666

The minimum requirements are:
* PCI Express x16 Slot
* 512MB System Memory
* Intel: Pentium 4/Celeron/Duo
* AMD: Athlon/Athlon XP/AM2/939/940
* PCIe: Compliant Motherboard: Intel/AMD Certified
* Minimum 350 Watt or greater power supply

I think I'm covered except that I don't know what PCI Express is and whether my motherboard has this.
It has PCI slots of course, but I don't know about PCIe.
How can I determine this?
 
Old 10-29-2007, 12:31 PM   #2
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What motherboard do you have? You should be able to google the specs and find out if it has a PCI-express x16 slot for graphics.

But generally, a PCI-E x16 graphics slot is at the top of the PCI slots and will be a little bit longer than a PCI slot. There may also be a couple of really short "PCI" slots. Those would be PCI-E x1 (most likely).

Anyway, I'd try to figure out what motherboard you have before spending any money on the graphics card.
 
Old 10-29-2007, 12:46 PM   #3
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So it would have just one PCIe slot and the others would be just regular PCI?
(ie not all PCI slots would be PCIe?)
Sounds like a stupid question, but if all the PCI slots look the same then it doesn't have PCIe.
 
Old 10-29-2007, 06:36 PM   #4
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Your board could have mixed PCI and PCI-e slots, but they wouldn't look the same. And chances are all the bottom slots would be PCI, and the PCI-e slots would be at the top. There's also AGP slots, which are an older standard. Some boards with onboard graphics don't have any extra video slots. That's why I said you need to figure out your motherboard. I think if you boot a linux live CD, you can try the command lshw and it should have your motherboard model #.
 
Old 10-29-2007, 07:23 PM   #5
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I think you should get to know your specifications clearly also , if especially the slot , if you do got a pcie slot then that card should be ok to you .
 
Old 10-29-2007, 11:22 PM   #6
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What motherboard do you have?
As pjvaldez asks, the answer to this question will determine whether or not a PCIe graphics card is compatible with your PC
 
Old 11-05-2007, 10:26 AM   #7
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See here for photo of the motherboard.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mickeydog/1861805605/
The card at the bottom is the ethernet.
Then 2 PCI slots above that.
Then a black slot above those (graphics card removed).
Is this PCIe or AGP?
 
Old 11-05-2007, 11:06 AM   #8
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See here for photo of the motherboard.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mickeydog/1861805605/
The card at the bottom is the ethernet.
Then 2 PCI slots above that.
Then a black slot above those (graphics card removed).
Is this PCIe or AGP?
You have an AGP board so PCI-e is out for upgrading.
 
Old 11-05-2007, 11:29 AM   #9
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