How do u tell which Grapics card to use? PSIe or PCI or AGP

By volatiledisplay
Mar 31, 2007
  1. Hi im runin on a Windows XP, Compaq presario, and its Pentium 4 2.50GHz 2.49GHz. I need to know which graphics card to get taht will work with my motherboard. I need it to play wow so if anyone has one for 60ish$ tell me wat model it is. I think i need a PCI but im not sure. +) thanks
  2. zipperman

    zipperman TS Rookie Posts: 1,179   +7

    Same old reply

    It's in the motherboard manual.I guess you don't have one.
    Find it's make amd model and download a Pdf version,or
    take it to a computer repair shop.
  3. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    Download CPU-Z from here. Click on the mainboard tab. That will tell you the make and model of your motherboard, then googling the model will probably return some specs. Or just post the make and model here.
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  4. volatiledisplay

    volatiledisplay TS Rookie Topic Starter

    The maker is TriGem Computer Inc. The model is Glendale mother board
  5. volatiledisplay

    volatiledisplay TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ah, I read that it has 3 PCI expansion slots. I only wanna buy 1 graphics card. Im not really sure what the other 2 would be used for...

    Anyone know what kinda card I SHOULD get for semi cheap and can play world of warcraft. iv looked into card for 60ish$ and thats what im lookin for.
  6. Exonimus

    Exonimus TS Rookie Posts: 77

    two topics on the same problem isnt handy. for one: we all have PCI expansion slots, you need to look for AGP or PCI-express. If it's not there, you're probably pci only. Now could we please move to the other topic and keep discussion central? thanks.

    On a side note: If you're really not sure where to find it, you can also download Everest Home Edition. Look under the first tab, it says something like summary. Now look for motherboard in the summary, it should say something like this: Motherboard name,3xpci,1xAGP(in case you haven't figured, if it says 1xAGP, it means you have AGP :) )
  7. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    Being a Compaq computer it most liekly only has PCI slots, so you're going to need a PCI Graphics card such as the BFG Tech Geforce FX5500 but you need to make sure you have a 250 watt powersupply. Also it doesnt matter that you have 3 PCI slots, you only need to use one for the card and most liekly you only have two left since most liekly one has a standard dial=up modem in it since its an OEM system.
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  8. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    After researching that board, it seems that it has only PCI slots.

    That came off HP's page (HERE) with that motherboard's specifications.

    Check out this thread: - it tells you what the best PCI graphics card is.

    Regards :)
  9. GeekieNick101

    GeekieNick101 TS Rookie Posts: 373

    Thats what I pointed out already, Compaq is a lower-end system now since it was bought by HP in 2002 so it would only have PCI slots also since the board is a Trigeam board which also makes motherboards for Emachines before the Gateway buyout, mostly all trigem motherboards have 3 pci slots thats it
  10. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Evangelist Posts: 2,154   +6

    And all those companies claim to make "user-friendly" computers...anyway...I think one of these would be the best PCI card available.
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Don't expect a lot of high-end graphics with only PCI.
  12. Sorrow

    Sorrow TS Rookie Posts: 106

  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    I'm not sure about always, but....

    In my limited experience PCI-E x 16 sockets are black (instead of white) and point backwards. (with respect to the anti-reversal blocker).
  14. nickc

    nickc TechSpot Paladin Posts: 923   +11

    captaincranky, if u had been folling the post u would have known they determined that it was a PCI video card and not a PCI-E x 16
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    Look Ma, No Hands.. (er, directions)

    Oh, but I was following the post. I was suggesting an easy way. (for the next time)
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