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How do I find out if I need AGP or PCI

By Allinone · 8 replies
Apr 19, 2006
  1. I just bought my husband the Oblivion game and found that I need to upgrade our Video Card but I'm unsure if I need AGP or PCI where do I go to find out what works with my computer? My husband built our computer and he is the wiz but he is out of town on business and can not be reached. So any help would be appreciated.

  2. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Hello! Welcome to TechSpot!

    Glad to have you here.
    Everest Computer info Freeware
    This utility will give you all the info about your system.
    Just cut and paste into your reply here.
    That way we can better assist you.
    What we need most would be the motherboard make and model.

  3. Allinone

    Allinone TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the help!!

    Everest is a good tool to have. Thank you

    Here is the info that was listed on the motherboard

    Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-8INXP (5 PCI, 1 AGP, 4 DDR DIMM, Audio, Gigabit LAN)
    Motherboard ID 12/30/2002-E7205-6A69WG00C-00
  4. SOcRatEs

    SOcRatEs TechSpot Paladin Posts: 966

    Yes it is.
    8x agp, 8x is the speed of the agp port/slot.
    So thats the kind of video card to look for, 8x agp.
    How much did you want to spend and what part of the world are you in?
    Pre sorted under 150$ us these are 256mb 8x agp, both Ati & nVidia.
    This is your motherboard

    1. First AGP 8X Intel® chipset based motherboard
    2. First dual channel DDR Pentium 4 motherboard supports up to 4GB memory size
    3. GIGABYTE patented technology Dual Power System (DPS) design
    4. Supports Hyper Threading Technology processor up to 3.06GHz or above
    5. Integrated Silicon Image Serial-ATA interface for high speed storage devices
    6. Integrated Intel® Kenai 32 Gigabit LAN network connection
    7. Promise IDE RAID 0, 1 function plus UDMA ATA 133 support
    8. Provides 6 USB 2.0 ports for high-speed connectivity
    9. Integrated high quality 6-channel AC’97 audio with S/P-DIF function
    10. GIGABYTE patented DualBIOS(tm) technology design protects BIOS from virus attack
    11. Gigabyte unique EZ-Fix(tm) AGP slot and memory DIMM slot with Anti-Burn(tm) design
  5. Allinone

    Allinone TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Under $150 is where I would like to stay. I'm in S. California.

    There are alot of options listed. I'm not sure. I would just like a good card that will give us a good quality while playing Oblivion. We dont do alot of gaming on the computer we mostly play X box.
  6. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    Under $150 would have to be a 6600GT,X800, or X1600. Those may or may not play the game well depending on the rest of your PC.
  7. Excore

    Excore TS Rookie


    I am planning on getting Geforce 8400GS and its only 30 euro (I think aboutthe same in $). i was just wondering how to find out if I had pci or agp, i dont know what they mean i just want to know what i've got, any help?

    Here is the Info from everest about my motherboard:

    Motherboard ID 09/18/2006-I945-6A79HG08C-00
    Motherboard Name Gigabyte GA-945GMF-S2
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

  9. Excore

    Excore TS Rookie


    Thanks but now my dad wont let me get one because he thinks i will break the computer :'( so i cant play far cry 2 or COD WaW AAhhhhh!
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