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Got an old hp core 2 duo pc for free - Light gaming/entertainment rig?

Hey guys!

My cousin's work are getting rid of some old hardware so we've nabbed one or maybe all of their core 2 duo setups :D :D :D

So we set one up last night and added some more ram and windows 7. It's quite nippy but has absolutely no graphics horsepower.

The motherboard is hp 0a60h and i'm not quite sure on the pcie x1 slot... I didn't even know they went below x4...

What is the most cost effective solution to add some gaming horsepower?

Did some reading about gpus in x1 slots but i dont quite understand what anyone is talking about and i cant find any info on which cards will fit and what effect it will have on performance of the cards.


Edit: I'm not looking for BF4 or even WoW capabilities, just decent hd playback mostly with a hint of playable fps on some older 3d games (getting 10fps on a 2d game atm -.-)
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  1. PCIEx1 slot is too slow for any normal videocard. Its will be like FPS/16
    So you can try any cheap videocard for test, result will be the same.
  2. Well you could get a PCI card like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187214
    It's really overpriced, but that's the cheapest "decent" PCI card on newegg; It's crappy, but it can play HD videos and some older games. You could probably even play MW3 (or older) with it (not with good fps).
  3. romirez said:
    PCIEx1 slot is too slow for any normal videocard. Its will be like FPS/16
    So you can try any cheap videocard for test, result will be the same.


    Eduello said:
    Well you could get a PCI card like this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187214
    It's really overpriced, but that's the cheapest "decent" PCI card on newegg; It's crappy, but it can play HD videos and some older games. You could probably even play MW3 (or older) with it (not with good fps).



    Hmmmmmm romirez i dont quite understand what you're saying o.o

    Thanks eduello ill keep and eye on those

    I would just like a plug and play gpu to stick in, ideally.
  4. (simplification) PCIEx1 videocard will be 16 times slower in work compared with PCIEx16 videocard.
    So dont bother to think about which card will be better.
    I suggest you to pick simple and silent videocard (without fans), maybe even low profile card.
  5. romirez said:
    (simplification) PCIEx1 videocard will be 16 times slower in work compared with PCIEx16 videocard.
    So dont bother to think about which card will be better.
    I suggest you to pick simple and silent videocard (without fans), maybe even low profile card.


    Well that is really a simplification, and most of those weak graphics cards aren't powerful enough to utilize x16 anyway so it would be pretty useless to use a x16 slot.

    For example, my board has PCI-E x16 2.0, and yet my PCI-E x16 3.0 GPU works just as fast as it would with a twice as fast PCI-E x16 3.0 slot.
    Why? Because the GPU can't utilize all of the bandwidth anyway. So when a GPU is weak to begin with (like the GT 610), dropping down from x16 to x1 will not make it perform 16 times worse.
  6. romirez said:
    (simplification) PCIEx1 videocard will be 16 times slower in work compared with PCIEx16 videocard.
    So dont bother to think about which card will be better.
    I suggest you to pick simple and silent videocard (without fans), maybe even low profile card.



    Eduello said:
    romirez said:
    (simplification) PCIEx1 videocard will be 16 times slower in work compared with PCIEx16 videocard.
    So dont bother to think about which card will be better.
    I suggest you to pick simple and silent videocard (without fans), maybe even low profile card.


    Well that is really a simplification, and most of those weak graphics cards aren't powerful enough to utilize x16 anyway so it would be pretty useless to use a x16 slot.

    For example, my board has PCI-E x16 2.0, and yet my PCI-E x16 3.0 GPU works just as fast as it would with a twice as fast PCI-E x16 3.0 slot.
    Why? Because the GPU can't utilize all of the bandwidth anyway. So when a GPU is weak to begin with (like the GT 610), dropping down from x16 to x1 will not make it perform 16 times worse.



    ookey thanks guys i understand alot better now and its exactly what i was expecting.

    Can anyone confirm that this gt 610 is compatible with hp 0a60h
  7. Sorry, not compatible. Your board only takes PCI-E x1 and PCI devices, and that's a PCI-Ex16 card.
  8. Eduello said:
    Sorry, not compatible. Your board only takes PCI-E x1 and PCI devices, and that's a PCI-Ex16 card.


    thanks, do you know if either of these are x1? this website doesnt list any info but is my preffered shop since its local

    https://uk.webuy.com/search/index.php?stext=hd+4650&section=
  9. Best answer
    Nope, neither of those is x1.

    Check the spoiler:
    This is what a PCI-E x1 connector looks like (will work with your board):


    This is a card with a PCI-E x16 connector (will not work with your board):


    This is a card with a PCI connector (will work with your board):
  10. I couldn't find anything from the site you linked. This is the cheapest one I could find from other websites: http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/zotac-video-card-zt6060510l
  11. Better to sell rest of PC and purchase something more suitable. (can be the best answer)
  12. thanks everyone, appreciate the help. ill post back if i do anything
  13. Happy to help :)
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