What do I need

By zimmers
Mar 13, 2010
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  1. Im not going to be in to serious computer gaming just sports games and maybe on a occasion a RPG. Anyways I have all original parts in my Computer except RAM and need to put a graphics card in. DO I need PCI or AGP? Here is my specs

    Field Value
    CPU Properties
    CPU Type DualCore Intel Pentium E2140
    CPU Alias Conroe-1M
    CPU Stepping L2
    Engineering Sample No
    CPUID CPU Name Genuine Intel(R) CPU 2140 @ 1.60GHz
    CPUID Revision 000006F2h
    CPU VID 1.1875 V

    CPU Speed
    CPU Clock 1200.1 MHz (original: [ TRIAL VERSION ] MHz)
    CPU Multiplier 6x
    CPU FSB 200.0 MHz (original: 200 MHz)
    Memory Bus 266.7 MHz
    DRAM:FSB Ratio 8:6

    CPU Cache
    L1 Code Cache 32 KB per core
    L1 Data Cache [ TRIAL VERSION ]
    L2 Cache 1 MB (On-Die, ECC, ASC, Full-Speed)

    Motherboard Properties
    Motherboard ID 63-0100-009999-00101111-050707-Lakeport$945GCTHM_BIOS DATE: 05/07/07 11:52:05 VER: 08.00.13
    Motherboard Name ECS Livermore

    Chipset Properties
    Motherboard Chipset Intel Lakeport-G i945GC
    Memory Timings 4-4-4-12 (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
    DIMM1: 256X64M-80E 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-12 @ 333 MHz) (3-3-3-10 @ 266 MHz)
    DIMM3: Transcend JM800QLU-2G [ TRIAL VERSION ]

    BIOS Properties
    System BIOS Date 05/07/07
    Video BIOS Date 02/17/06
    DMI BIOS Version 5.13

    Graphics Processor Properties
    Video Adapter Intel 82945G/GC/GZ Graphics Controller 0 [A-2]
    GPU Code Name Lakeport-G (Integrated 8086 / 2772, Rev 02)
    GPU Clock 400 MHz
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    CPU = Central Processing Unit (your computer's processor)

    I'm guessing you mean to ask what you need in order to play games on your computer? You want a dedicated graphics card for better graphics in games, but you need to find what video bus type your motherboard uses. It's an older system, so it's probably an AGP slot. If you only have a PCI slot, I recommend taking a look at this thread:

    http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic51437.html
  3. zimmers

    zimmers Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Heres my motherboard info

    Field Value
    Motherboard Properties
    Motherboard ID 63-0100-009999-00101111-050707-Lakeport$945GCTHM_BIOS DATE: 05/07/07 11:52:05 VER: 08.00.13
    Motherboard Name ECS Livermore

    Front Side Bus Properties
    Bus Type Intel AGTL+
    Bus Width 64-bit
    Real Clock 200 MHz (QDR)
    Effective Clock 800 MHz
    Bandwidth 6400 MB/s

    Memory Bus Properties
    Bus Type Dual DDR2 SDRAM
    Bus Width 128-bit
    DRAM:FSB Ratio 8:6
    Real Clock 267 MHz (DDR)
    Effective Clock 533 MHz
    Bandwidth [ TRIAL VERSION ] MB/s

    Chipset Bus Properties
    Bus Type Intel Direct Media Interface

    Motherboard Manufacturer
    Company Name Elitegroup Computer Systems
  4. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

  5. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,280   +180

    In googling for ECS Livermore, it appears that the motherboard has a PCI-E x16 slot. So it is neither a PCI or AGP but rather a PCI-E slot.

    Edit: EXCellR8 just beat me to it. :)
  6. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,005   +710

    Just for future reference, Intel implemented PCI-E at the 915 chipset. (Although Emachines had a whole run of 915 GAG boards made without the PCI-Esocket! At least the holes for it were present).

    The E2140 "Pentium Dual Core" (65 nm Conroe) should be well overclockable.

    Disclaimer; I don't overclock, nor am I recommending it, I'm jus' sayin'.
  8. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    Good to know, I was using an AMD chipset when PCI express was introduced so I really had no knowledge of the Intel chipsets in which it was first implemented. Regardless, I keep forgetting how old AGP and PCI really are... although I still use AGP in one of my shop computers lol.
  9. zimmers

    zimmers Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Thanks guys I haven't done any upgrading or kept in the know for about 5 years now. I will be checking this out today. Thanks again
  10. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    No problem, but before you go shopping... would you care to provide the specs of your power supply? That information can be extremely useful when looking to upgrade a graphics card.
  11. zimmers

    zimmers Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Just wanted to let you know I went today(Australia) and bought a ECS NGT240 PCI-E Graphics Card. Was easy to install and works great. Thanks again
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