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PCI vs PCI Express

By Mobdeep11
Jan 7, 2007
  1. How will I be able to distinguish wether or not my computer has PCI or PCI Express slots?

    Once I have determined this, I would like to know what a good/quality/reasonably priced video card would be for the particular slot that I have.

    I'm looking for a name and a link to the video card that is recommended. (Specifically one that will fit my computer and run Microsoft Flight Simulator X smoothly with good graphics).

    Here are my computer specs.

    Dell Dimension 1100 Series, Intel Celeron D Processor 325 (2.53GHz) and 256K cache

    512MB DDR SDRAM at 400MHz

    160GB Ultra ATA/100 Hard Drive (7200RPM)
     
  2. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TS Guru Posts: 1,198

    That system only has PCI slots, but even if it did have AGP or PCI-Express capabilities, you're going to need a LOT more than just a videocard if you want to play Flight Simulator-X. A 512mb ddr/celeron is really going to be pushing it as it'll be maybe 1 frame every couple seconds lol.

    I'd strongly urge you to consider a total system upgrade if you're specifically trying to get FS-X to work even semi-reliably. It stresses cpu/memory performance to the hilt as well as graphics. You can likely assemble your own PC that will be 7-9x better for FS-X for under $600, maybe less if you can re-use some of your existing parts.
     
  3. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Look in your computer manufacturers website for product details. Put in your model number and they should provide you with all the required specifications about your motherboard and whether or not you have PCI/AGP/PCIE slots.
     
  4. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Maniac Posts: 518

    This is funny,,,,,, PCI is old tech,, came

    PCI then AGP 1.0 then 2.0 and so on 4.0 then 8.0 ,, then came PCIe 16x ,,

    I dont know what you trying to accomplish here ,
     
  5. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,909

    Umm, tweakboy, it went: ISA, PCI, AGP 1.0, AGP 2.0, AGP 3.0, PCI-E X16.

    But getting to the point... to play FSX you will most likely need a whole new system as your RAM, processor, and motherboard are just not good enough for FSX.
     
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Even a good, mid-range PC will have a hard time with FSX. It appears to be optimized for Windows Vista....
     
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,623   +320

    Get Flight Sim 2004, that game has weak system requirements and you'd likely be able to play it with what you have now at full everything.
     
  8. Mobdeep11

    Mobdeep11 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Would I need a new graphics card for FS2004? I will probably go that route. I'm not going to buy a new computer just to play FSX.
     
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