Can I use a video card with this mobo?

By spanky
Dec 14, 2007
  1. Hi. The description of this mobo has me wondering.

    "Using the Nvidia GeForce 6100 chipset with integrated graphics in conjunction with up to 2GB’s of DDR2 memory, it’s perfect for those that don’t need a discrete graphics card."

    This seems to imply that you can't add a graphics card. Am I wrong?
    I was thinking of buying like a $30 video card just to improve the video that this mobo provides.

    Another question, if you can add a video card, should I not get a PCIE card since this mobo runs PCIEx16 in x8 mode?

    Oops, forgot to add link.
  2. well to answer your main question, yes, you CAN add a video card. hence why it even has a pci-e expansion slot in the first place. it will just run it at half the speed.

    and just in general...that is just a terrible...TERRRIBLE motherboard. why would you want to buy this? seeing as you want to put in a graphics card, that seems to suggest that you want to do some gaming, yes?

    i've got bad news for you. that motherboard just isn't gonna cut it. the sad reality is you have to spend a minimum of 95 dollars to get a decent board. i learned that through tons of research and asking a lot of questions.

    but it looks like you're just going to have to live with it i guess. you don't seem to have an awful lot of money.

    30 dollars will definitely NOT get you anything that will show a significant improvement. especially not with an 8x slot. i'm not sure if you can change what it runs at. perhaps a bios edit will fix that to a full 16x. but if i were you, i would try to spend at least 180 dollars.

    that seems like a crap lot. but another sad realization i've come to is that if you want to game these days, you'll HAVE to shell out at least that much to get even a half decent card. that much will buy you one of two video cards. one is the radeon x1950. and the other is the ati radeon 3850. the 3850 is just under top of the line, and it offers decent performance. and it will fit that slot.

    IF you can try to up your cash flow, and find the money for it, the only foreseeable upgrades you'll need to make in the future are a motherboard upgrade, a processor upgrade, and RAM upgrade. that's just about it.

    if you buy a cheap piece of crap now, you'll wish you had waited and bought a better one.

    not to mention if you go with really cheap now, you'll just end up having to spend more money sooner to upgrade to a better card. with how fast graphics are improving, any cheap piece of junk is going to be left in the dirt VERY quickly.

    the only decent cards these days are the following:

    geforce 7800
    geforce 7900
    geforce 8600
    geforce 8800

    radeon x1950
    radeon HD 2900xt
    radeon 3850
    radeon 3870

    the prices vary, so look around on newegg or tigerdirect.

    i'd STRONGLY...STRONGLY suggest going with a card from the aforementioned list. because 1, you won't find a good graphics chip for 30 dollars. and 2, it won't improve your gaming experience. in fact, the 30 dollars cards maybe so outdated that they'll make it worse. that built in 6100 can do quite a bit.
  3. spanky

    spanky TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 18

    Thanks for the reply. I guess I should of made it clear that it's not for gaming. I built the pc for a family member using a barebones kit from newegg. Maybe it's the monitor it's hooked up to, but the video just doesn't seem crisp or something. Maybe I should test it on another monitor. I might find out that the onboard graphics are fine.
  4. indeed they would be. monitor makes an incredible difference. a friend of mine has an onboard 6150 limited edition and it serves him well.
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