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DELL !! 3000 help

By littleguy
Dec 2, 2006
  1. Hi all,

    Well i'm back for help again lol. I want to improve video for gaming on my DELL 3000 1Gb mem can anyone help which pci will help me at least get some gaming. I was looking at the nvidia 7600GT will this be good??? or should I be setting my sights lower??

    Thanks to anyone who can help

    :confused: littleguy
     
  2. Minus

    Minus TS Rookie

    That really depends upon how much money you can afford to spend...
     
  3. littleguy

    littleguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    good reply guess upto £150 so can this help me out?
     
  4. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    You only have PCI slots, you can't use AGP or PCI-E (the 7600GT) cards. See here for PCI + gaming.
     
  5. littleguy

    littleguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    like i said im new to this lol, wots the difference between PCI and PCI-E?
    Does my dell support PCI-E???
     
  6. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,975   +9

    The PCI slot is primarily used for things like nic (network interface cards) cards and modems/ethernet adapters now. It has a low banwidth and is not great for gaming.

    The PCI-Express X16 slot has a bandwidth much, much higher than the PCI slot (hence the X16), and is primarily used for newer gaming. All of the upcoming cards are being manufactured on this slot.
     
  7. littleguy

    littleguy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Many thanks for that, it is very useful to know.
    But can you tell me if my little dell 3000 can support PCI-E?
     
  8. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,388

    No, it cannot support pci-e. The only way to get pci-e in your system would be to replace the motherboard with one that does have pci-e. Doing so would likely take more money and time than you'd want to put into the system. Also, there were only a few motherboards made that could support your current processor and have a pci-e slot. Those motherboards are very difficult to find now, so you'd likely be looking at getting a new processor too if you replace the motherboard. So, if you are going that far into the upgrades(motherboard, video card, and processor), it might be better to just get or build a whole new pc.
    If you don't want to go that far and want to keep the computer, then get a pci card like a x1300 pci or a 6200 pci. It won't be the fastest, but will be an improvement.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814103016
     
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