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Express-compliant system problem please help

By P4PC
Jun 25, 2009
  1. I'm not exactly sure if this is the right place, Anyhow I'm thinking of buy a graphic card for my Pentium 4 "pci only" found but it's a pci but requirements are Express-compliant system power supply; available PCI Express 2.0 slot. is it mistaken or something what' the drifferent bewteen PCI 2.0 slot and PCI express 2.0 slot. full specs.

    Computer: inter(r) pentium(r) 4 cpu 2.8GH Z 280GHZ, 504 MB of RAM (i got two sticks both 256 shouldn't i have 512?) This is the direct link to the graphic card

    This are the graphic card specs:

    BFG - NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Graphics Card
    Powered by the GeForce 8400 GS graphics processing unit (GPU)
    512MB DDR2 memory
    PCI interface
    Core clock speed: 567MHz; dual 400MHz RAMDACs
    2560 x 1600 at 60Hz maximum digital resolution at 32-bit color for ultrarealistic gaming experiences
    PureVideo HD processor delivers improved picture clarity, smooth video, accurate color and precise image scaling
    NVIDIA ForceWare provides enhanced performance and speed, stunning visual quality and unified driver architecture (UDA) to ensure forward and backward compatibility with hardware and software
    Supports Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.0 with Shader Model 4.0 for Microsoft Windows Vista or XP
    1 dual-link DVI-I, VGA and 1 TV output; HDCP-capable
    Includes software CD-ROM
    video memory 512 DDR
    interface slot type PCI only says PCI not PCI e x16 or other stuff
    systems requirements: Windows XP or Vista; 256MB RAM; 100MB available hard drive space; 300W PCI Express-compliant system power supply; available PCI Express 2.0 slot; CD-ROM drive



    Um thing on top of the box says PCI so i assume it works for my motherboard pci bus or 2.0 pci w/e its call color of slot our white not black. will this work for me ? if not know any other graphic card for pci for same price or less? it did not let me post the link but if you go to bestbuy dot com and type in BFG - NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Graphics Card or just graphic card it will show up anywahs help or tips will be appreceate thank you.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    "(i got two sticks both 256 shouldn't i have 512?)"...

    Your motherboard is taking some memory for the on-board video. What is your motherboards model number? The "new" PCI video card should work though. Remember to disable the on-board video before you install the new video card. It wouldn't hurt to bump the memory to 1GB
     
  3. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    Well, the nvidia geforce 8400gs requires a pci-express 1.0 slot.
    Since u have p4,i assume it may have a pci slot. So ur 8400gs is not going to work. A pci-e card is not backward compatible with with pci.but a pci-e 2.0 card is backward compatible with pci-e 1.0
    i recently installed a 9500gt pci-e 2.0 in my pci-e 1.0 slot
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    I saw this card in a PCI configuration at Best Buy for $99
     
  5. P4PC

    P4PC TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 47

    yes I saw 3 why would theere be two of the same? here are their spec

    this one is like mine only drifferent it's pci-e and cheaper
    BFG - NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card $64.99
    Interface Slot Type PCI Express x16
    System Requirements Windows XP or Vista; 256MB RAM; 100MB available hard drive space; 300W PCI Express-compliant system power supply; PCI Express compliant motherboard; available PCI Express x16 slot; CD-ROM drive

    now this is another one but it's priCey
    BFG - NVIDIA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB DDR2 PCI Express Graphics Card $129.99
    Interface Slot Type PCI Express x16
    System Requirements Windows XP or Vista; 512MB RAM; 100MB hard drive space; optical drive; PCI Express-compliant motherboard; available PCI Express x16 slot; 350W power supp

    now this is the one i was thinking of buying
    BFG - NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS 512MB DDR2 PCI Graphics Card $99.99
    Interface Slot Type PCI
    now right here is what i was lost on why is it asking for this

    System RequirementsWindows XP or Vista; 256MB RAM; 100MB available hard drive space; 300W PCI Express-compliant system power supply; available PCI Express 2.0 slot; CD-ROM drive ??????
     
  6. P4PC

    P4PC TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 47

    idk its a HP Compaq d220 Microtower Desktop PC
     
  7. P4PC

    P4PC TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 47

    its old one only got white PCI
     
  8. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    even i am confused.if ur 8400gs is a pci one,how can it ask for a pci-e slot?
    ur card should work if u r sure it has pci.
    there may be something wrong with the packaging.
     
  9. talex7

    talex7 TS Rookie

    i think its pci
     
  10. P4PC

    P4PC TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 47

    Yeah man, I'll buy it and see what happens perhaps the discription is just incorrect wouldn't make since at all being two of the same i assumed pci costs more because it's for pci and pci e cheaper because theres lots of models of graphic cards for pci e. I found this and should work for me. if not i will be returning it. Thank you guys for the help i appreceate it alot. i'll let you guys know how it goes
     
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