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M2N68-LA (Narra5) PCI Express x16 video card upgrade (Compaq Presario CQ5603F Desktop PC)

M2N68-LA (Narra5) PCI Express x16 video card upgrade (Compaq Presario CQ5603F Desktop PC


Want to upgrade my video card but dont know what card it will accept ( pci-e 1.1/2.0/2.1/3.0) and the max/type of memory it can have.
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    You have a fairly old system that is limited to AM2+ CPUs. It has a PCIe 1.1 slot but you can use video cards with PCIe 2 or 3 because PCIe is backwards compatible. You aren't limited on Graphics memory.

    The motherboard chipset may cause compatibility problems with AMD cards higher than HD4000 series. You should see if anyone else had success with your type of system. I would use a conservative Nvida card. Your power supply is only 250 watts so that would not power most video cards. It should be replaced.

    EVGA 02G-P4-2645-KR GeForce GT 640 2GB 128-Bit DDR3 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130796&Tpk=N82E16814130796
    System Requirements:
    Minimum of a 350 Watt power supply. (Minimum recommended power supply with +12 Volt current rating of 20 Amps.)

    Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045
  2. Only if the BIOS supports it. Early versions of PCIe 16 like the one in question here (1.1) may not be compatible. However there may be a BIOS update that will make them compatible.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express
    PCI Express 2.1 (with its specification dated March 4, 2009) supports a large proportion of the management, support, and troubleshooting systems planned for full implementation in PCI Express 3.0. However, the speed is the same as PCI Express 2.0. Unfortunately, the increase in power from the slot breaks backward compatibility between PCI Express 2.1 cards and some older motherboards with 1.0/1.0a, but most motherboards with PCI Express 1.1 connectors are provided with a BIOS update by their manufacturers through utilities to support backward compatibility of cards with PCIe 2.1.
  3. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vamery-2GB-DDR2-PCI-Express-2-0-x-16-Memory-Video-Graphics-Card-DVI-HDMI-VGA-/311314743637?hash=item487bce0155 this card may work

    Specifications:
    1. Chipset: NVIDIA
    2. Model: For GT630
    3. Applicable Type: Desktops
    4. Core Code: GF108
    5. Manufacturing Process: 40nm
    6. Core Frequency: 875mHz
    7. Memory Type: Support DDR2
    8. Memory Capacity: 2048MB
    9. Memory Interface: 128bit
    10. Memory Frequency: 3200mHz
    11. Memory Bandwidth: 51.2GB / S
    12. Directx Version: Directx 11
    13. Graphics Interface: PCI Express 2.0 x 16
    14. Display Output Interface: HDMI I / DVI / VGA Interface
    15. Auxiliary Power: None
    16. Maximum Power Consumption: 65W ->>>>>>>> "Under 250 watts"
    17. RAMDAC Frequency: 400mhz "this is the frequency of the ram on your ddr pc3200 supported ram 400mhz"
    18. Number Of Stream Processors: 192 Error Correction
    19. Texture Fill Rate: 281 Billion / Sec
    20. Pixel Fill Rate: 13gpixel / S
    21. Resolution: Maximum Number Of Resolution: 2560 × 1600
    22. Maximum VGA Resolution: 2048 × 1536 ---->"HD Bro"
    23. Weight: 365g / 12.88oz

    Server ram if you want i can give you up to 8 gb ram
    look for pc3200 hp server ram you will find
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/EDGE-8GB-4x-2GB-PC3200R-ECC-REG-DDR-400-MHz-184-Pin-Server-Memory-HP-DL145-G2-/321741164774?hash=item4ae94490e6 ram it will show as 3.5gb on a 32bit system so upgrade your 32 bit processor
    to 64 bit AMD Athlon 64 3800+ cpu 939 socket type will support GTA V min of 2mhz


    - link to processor may not work http://www.ebay.com/itm/Good-work-AMD-Athlon-64-X2-3800-1000-2-GHz-Skt-939-CPU-Processor-ADA3800DAA5BV-/151749227776?hash=item2354f57500

    running 32 bit processor upgrade so you can get more than 3 gb of ram go for a 64 bit processor
    links this will help run the ram the best

    Hope i helped you :)

    I am going to do this soon :) i love my am2 computer ill do a tut on upgrading it later and post youtube links.
  4. OK so I have the same MB, same spec Compaq in fact, I guess an EVGA GeForce GT 710 isn't appropriate? I got it at a bargain price! I can probably replace the PSU with a 450W version, not sure of the form factor, I've not checked, but from what I read above, the BIOS probably won't support it anyway, am I reading that right?
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