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My PC from the inside

By mv670
May 10, 2009
  1. ok i have been wanting to upgrade my video card for my pc

    old video card ATI Radeon Xpress 200
    New vid card : Nvidia Geforce 6200

    heres the deal....i bought the new card
    and now i cant seem to figure out where it goes

    here are pics from my pc showing empty slots

    Are these PCI or Pci express OR AGP, I dont really know

    Heres my new video card
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    Here are the empty slots on my pc
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    the new one doesnt seem to fit so i guess i need one with pci slot
    I hope you guys can help me figure out what kind of slot they are

    Edit I know my pics are HUGE!!!
    sorry about that
     
  2. Sketchy Meister

    Sketchy Meister TS Rookie Posts: 31

    The three white ones are PCI slots (you can tell because of the color, and if you look at the top right corners, it says PCI1, PCI2, PCI3) The black one is the PCI-E slot (once again, color and the label above it)

    For upgrading, the 6200 is past the bottom end of graphics cards, it wont be able to run much. I would suggest spending around $120 to get a 9 series card for that PCI-E slot. (such as the 9800 gt)

    Though I think you may need a new motherboard for GeForce. See the ATI logo to the right? I'm not much with motherboards, so anyone can correct me on GPU/MoBo compatibility.

    Edit: Actually, if you are willing to spend the cash, i would just make a new system (or find a good deal on a new one). What are you planning to do with the computer? If its gaming, you need to basically get a new everything.
     
  3. mv670

    mv670 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 58

    yeah i saw that ati logo, i thought the xpress was integraded with the mobo

    And i'm not one who plays games on the pc, just want the aero enabled and get ready for windows 7 :)

    Edit: not planning on doing anything i'm just trying to keep it "up to date" since i havent upgraded it
    i bought it 3 yrs ago

    EDIT: Geforce fits on AGP slot which my pc does not have, I'm going to return it and get another video card with a PCI or PCI-E slot

    Last EDIT: you know what bothers me?? i cant seem to find my old card which leads me to suspect it has to do something with the ATI logo thingy
     
  4. Sketchy Meister

    Sketchy Meister TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Ok. Well I can tell you that you are far under the recommended specs for Windows 7. I am running the Release Candidate of it right now, and it definitely pays off to have a decent system for it. That's the main reason people didn't like Vista, they didn't upgrade their systems to be able to handle it. I would seriously recommend investing in a new one. Parts for computers have dropped ridiculously in price over the past year, and you can pick up a good computer for around $500.

    Check out Techspots buying guide if you are interested. Though instead of the ATI card in their entry level box, i would recommend getting nvidia and a motherboard that supports it.

    http://www.techspot.com/guides/159-buying-guide-200904/
     
  5. mv670

    mv670 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 58

    I'm actually running 7 right now, i saw the prices for the pcs at the store and i was tempted.
    but i have one already and a laptop so i dont have room for another one

    I thought 1.80 Ghz with 1.25 RAM and a AMD sempron 3200+ processor was good enough

    that guide might come in handy when i have my own place, only then can i get my own computer

    Oh and Thanks for the help and advice
     
  6. Sketchy Meister

    Sketchy Meister TS Rookie Posts: 31

  7. mv670

    mv670 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 58

    i will soon add another 1GB of ddr ram, hmm i wonder if my pc supports ddr2??
    Compaq Presario SR1610NX

    here are the results from the upgrade advisor, i'll post the link since the image is huge on there and you'll be able to see more clearly

    http://i598.photobucket.com/albums/tt63/mv670/NewPicture3.jpg
     
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