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upgrade video card

By nkibar ยท 5 replies
May 26, 2006
  1. Hello
    i have a sony vaio desktop (pcv-rx860) and i'm trying to upgrade my SiS 650_651_740 video card to be able to play more games. i have 0ne agp and 3 pci slots.i already bought one of each and i had to return them cause they wouldn't fit!
    any suggestion would be GREATLY appreciated
    thank you in advance
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,379   +612

    Which ones did you buy? Could you have tried to install them wrong side up? When installed in an ATX form factor case and motherboard, the cards hang upside down. If that wasn't it, in what way did it not fit?
  3. nkibar

    nkibar TS Rookie Topic Starter

    video cards

    honestly,one of my friends who's a bit of a computer wizz bought them for me and he himself was shocked when neither worked when he tried to install them)(sorry i don't remember their names)the AGP one and according to what he said my computer didn't have enough power to run and the pci one did not fit physically into the slot.
  4. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,379   +612

    Depending on which AGP card you got, that could be true. But what about getting a new power supply? I'm not familiar with Sonys so I don't know if they can take a standard ATX power supply.

    I don't know why a PCI card wouldn't fit into a PCI slot unless there was some physical interference with some other component. It's just as well in a way because if you have an AGP slot, you should try to get an AGP card. They are so much better than PCI graphics cards.

    But without more details, I'm not sure what to tell you.
  5. Greenmachine

    Greenmachine TS Rookie Posts: 149

    Sounds to me like your friend was trying to put a PCI-express card into a PCI slot. http://www.directron.com/expressguide.html

    Having only a 300Watt power supply does limit the upgrade possibilities. You could always buy a new Power supply though (~$60)--they are really easy to install. http://www.fonerbooks.com/r_power.htm
    An as for it being an ATX power supply..you can always open up your computer case and look on the side of the power supply. It should say something like Blah Blah 300W ATX.

    For an upgrade I would recommend a 6600 (~$100) at least. Here is the card that I have...

  6. nkibar

    nkibar TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hello again

    thanx a lot guys..i'm sorry it's taking me so long to reply..but i find your replies helpful and i'm still working on figuring this thing out..i may end up upgrading my power supply like suggested..
    thank you agin
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