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    3d Card help....

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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by Guest on Sun May 18, 2008 2:52 pm

    Well that card is 8500GT so its is older now. I would say get at least the 8800 series.

    Do you know the motherboard make/model? If you do then you can find out the PCIE slot type you have.
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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by Rhodar on Sun May 18, 2008 2:55 pm

    Check your PCs documentation: It will say if you have PCI express or AGP, but having bought it a year ago, I would guess that it's PCI Express. You will want to see if you have two PCI express slots, because then you can buy two of those cards that you linked, and set them up in SLI mode' that will be a HUGE increase in performance to what you have now.

    If you only have one spot open, then you ought to buy the highest end card you can afford... That would be in the 9000 series for nVidia.

    Hope this helps...

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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by Roca on Sun May 18, 2008 2:56 pm

    Well I can't tell what bus you have on your motherboard...but there are three total: AGP or PCI or PCI-e

    AGP slot (white ones)
    http://www.pctechguide.com/images/tutorials/GraphicsCard/AGPSlot.jpg

    PCI slot:
    http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/agp-pci.jpg

    PCI-e slot:
    http://www.ocinside.de/assets/mainboard/asrock_939sli_esata2_part1.jpg
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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by Kawaci on Sun May 18, 2008 2:57 pm

    That Best Buy Vid Card would be a lot better than the one you have now. If you could afford $100.00 more go with the 8800GT Model.

    The 8500GT model you picked will work in your machine. You have one PCIe16X Slot.

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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by Guest on Sun May 18, 2008 3:00 pm

    Isn't there a new PCIE 2.0 slot cards now as well? I remember my 8800GT I bought a few months ago was that so I found a MB that had the same slot type.

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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by Roca on Sun May 18, 2008 3:01 pm

    Here ya go...$290 with rebate. Nice 8800 GT 512M card. PCI-E bus

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130318
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    Post by Kawaci on Sun May 18, 2008 3:02 pm

    NO, the linke card is ok if that is what you can afford. Since you can go around $200.00 go for the 8800GT. The 9000series would work also.
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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by mayl on Sun May 18, 2008 3:02 pm

    Ah Roca, you rock! I used newegg before so know they are good. I have put in cards before, just not in awhile. so not worried about puttig it in..

    Thank you. that price will fly with the wife also Smile
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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by mayl on Sun May 18, 2008 5:21 pm

    Thanks again. I got that card from Newegg and coming Tuesday.
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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by Rhodar on Sun May 18, 2008 7:11 pm

    Ack, I was going to post that you should check to make sure that your PCI express will take a PCI express 2.0 card... I don't know if a PCIe 2.0 card will work on older PCIe or not, does anyone else?

    Oh, one can never go wrong with Newegg! I've given them over $10K over the years... always a good outcome from all past orders!
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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by Brakkish on Sun May 18, 2008 7:37 pm

    *moved to tech*


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    Re: 3d Card help....

    Post by Roca on Sun May 18, 2008 8:21 pm

    Rhodar wrote:Ack, I was going to post that you should check to make sure that your PCI express will take a PCI express 2.0 card... I don't know if a PCIe 2.0 card will work on older PCIe or not, does anyone else?

    Oh, one can never go wrong with Newegg! I've given them over $10K over the years... always a good outcome from all past orders!

    The PCI-E architecture is backward and forward compatible. I was told by XFX support that only the VIA chipset and PCI-e 1.0a buses are not compatible with 2.0 cards.

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