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So you only have PCI slots and want to game?

By vnf4ultra
Jun 2, 2006
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  1. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 2,195

    I think you may be noticing that the asrock has it's cpu socket rotated 90 degrees compared to the stock dell board. It also looks like the dell mb uses a slightly different heatsink mounting method than a standard socket 478 board. If the dell heatsink won't work, it shouldn't be a big deal, you can probably get a decent cheap heatsink and thermal paste for under $25 usd.
    EX:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835151122
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835100007
     
  2. SvB4EvA

    SvB4EvA TS Rookie

    LOL! I didnt even know they made a decent PCI card any more. I went over to my brothers house because he was having trouble running World of Warcraft at a playable rate. I brought with me my old GeForce 4 card (AGP) to give him the boost. I open the case and stared into it for about 5 seconds before my brother asked me "whats wrong?" To my suprise he had no AGP or PCIe slot on his "my computer is better then yours, Dell".
     
  3. nick00ie

    nick00ie TS Rookie

    Hello,
    I have a dell dimension 2300 too.
    Just to be clear does this have a pci express slot or just pci slot.
    The only GeForce 6200 pci cards on ebay are pci express.
    Will they work on the dimension 2300.

    Thanks,
    Nick
     
  4. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Hello Nick and Welcome to Techspot! :)

    From what I saw HERE, I'm afraid you only have PCI slots. So you'll need a 6200 PCI unfortunately (if you can find it).

    Those PCI-E cards will not work on your system, and unfortunately, there isn't an "adapter" to make PCI-E cards work on a PCI system.

    I'm sorry :(
     
  5. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 2,195

    PCI only, no pci-express. Pci 6200's do exist though(I have one), I have recently edited my first post in this thread with links to the two pci 6200's I know of.
     
  6. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Wow. :eek: Best buy must be crazy. $156.99 for a 256MB 6200.... When you can find a 6600GT for under $100 these days.

    And the $40 Geforce 6200 128MB version should perform as good as the 256MB version...
     
  7. nick00ie

    nick00ie TS Rookie

    Thanks for the help.
     
  8. nick00ie

    nick00ie TS Rookie

    Thanks for the help really appreciate it.
    Can't get the 6200 anywhere.
    Would the Radeon 9250 be the next best.
    There's plenty on ebay and seem to be pci not pci-express although not sure,some are red,grey and green.
    Do you know which one is pci and not pci-express.

    Thanks,
    Nick
     
  9. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 2,195


    What country are you in? I'll guess you're in the uk, if so, here are two that are available there.
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/3D-Fuzion-GeF...ryZ96878QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    http://www.pcworld.co.uk/product.php?sku=200528&camp_id=Froogle_search
     
  10. nick00ie

    nick00ie TS Rookie

  11. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

     
  12. nick00ie

    nick00ie TS Rookie

  13. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    23 FPS is low. Anything below 30 FPS is bad.

    If you want to play COD2, with a 9250, be prepared to lower the resolution to 640X480, with everything set to "low", because COD2 is a VERY, very demanding game :(
     
  14. nick00ie

    nick00ie TS Rookie

    Would the 256mb GF 6200 be much better?
    Have 512mb ram and 2.3 Ghz P4.

    Nick
     
  15. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    A 6200 is much better than a 9250. If you can, get the 128MB version, as it's much less expensive, and performs almost as good as the 256MB version.

    Still :( a 6200 is a low end card :( But should be able to play COD2 better than a 9250.
     
  16. nick00ie

    nick00ie TS Rookie

    Will do thanks for the help.

    Nick
     
  17. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Good luck mate! :)
     
  18. groovemaster1

    groovemaster1 TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I give up on my 2300 & found this board at a local store for $400TT = $66US. I still don't know if the cpu is good though. Look at the symptoms here http://forums.us.dell.com/supportforums/board/message?board.id=dim_other&message.id=286724 the CPU is not the problem right!!!
    It got the Asrock I/O shield to fit the ports if the case ports are different.
    I already noticed the mouse & KB ports are vertical unlike the original 2300 MOBO.
    BTW, can I use the same heatsink from the dell dimension 2300 & screw down a fan on it?
    Using a Codegen ATX 350W PSU.


    http://www.asrock.com/product/P4VM800.htm
     
  19. maxbb1

    maxbb1 TS Rookie Posts: 63

    k so far i have found the:
    GeForce FX5500 256mb card for AU $65.24
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/nVIDIA-GeFor...ryZ40161QQssPageNameZWD2VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    or

    the GeForce 5200 128mb AU $58.71
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/nVidia-GeFor...ryZ40161QQssPageNameZWD2VQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
    on ebay

    i wanna know which one i should get

    i dont need to game on high at 1024x768 lol.. im more than happy to game on low at 800x600 w/no lag... (as far as i can tell... these would do that for me..)
    (and as far as i can tell... these will let run Ut2k4 on high lol)

    currently im using a 82865G integrated and runs ^^^ on med so... i dont need uber gfx.. i play games for their gameplay not the eye candy haha (of course the gfx is a bonus...)

    tyvm!

    EDIT: btw im 16 and on a misers budget, cos im also getting another 512 RAM and a dvd burner (damn my cheapass mum lol) I NEED A BURNER haha.. i hate abusing my friends 30gig ipod by taking my crpa to his house... its not nice dling 40gig/mo lol
     
  20. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

  21. maxbb1

    maxbb1 TS Rookie Posts: 63

    thanks.. i though so lol... just as not sure of the real difference (i dont like PCI :()
     
  22. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,605   +9

    Yes, PCI is the worst bottleneck for a video card.
     
  23. maxbb1

    maxbb1 TS Rookie Posts: 63

    yea.. even my 1998 pc has an AGP slot... yet my 2003 pc only has 3 PCI's.. sucks so badly... although it IS cheap... are there any other easily available (ebay) gfx cards available?
     
  24. vnf4ultra

    vnf4ultra TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 2,195

  25. maxbb1

    maxbb1 TS Rookie Posts: 63

    thanks! but i need it to ship to aus lol
     


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