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How do I tell if I have AGP, PCI, or PCI-E?

Looking to upgrade my graphics card, and found the nice list stickied on top of the board. However, I'm wondering how I find out which type of card my mother board supports. Do I have to physically open my case and look at the slots? If so, what am I looking for?

TIA

- Guitarguru77
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  1. guitarguru77 said:
    Looking to upgrade my graphics card, and found the nice list stickied on top of the board. However, I'm wondering how I find out which type of card my mother board supports. Do I have to physically open my case and look at the slots? If so, what am I looking for?

    TIA

    - Guitarguru77

    Download and run CPU-Z and click the 'Mainboard' tab.
    http://www.cpuid.com/cpuz.php
    http://img113.imageshack.us/img113/7429/cpuzshotwd9.th.jpg
  2. Thanks :)
  3. My pleasure, hope it helps.
  4. @mousemonkey

    Hi Al
  5. @guitarguru77

    Quote:
    Do I have to physically open my case and look at the slots? If so, what am I looking for?


    You do realize that opening the case will be required to install your new video card? Right?

    Sorry couldn't resist! LOL

    PCI-E slot is located apprx. 1 1/2" from the M/B edge and slot is apprx. 4" long including the locking tabs
    AGP slot is located apprx. 2 3/8" from the M/B edge and slot is apprx. 3" long
    PCI slot is also 1 1/2" in from the M/B edge but the length is 3 1/4"

    Another thing you may need to take into consideration besides M/B slots, is will your present Power Supply handle what you want to upgrade to?

    So what are your full specs?

    And are we talking Dell, Gateway, HP ??? Etc. if it is a brand name PC what brand and model #.

    You may as well start self educating yourself on these things unless you'll be getting someone else to do it for you.

    However there are a few here that will help you if you plan on doing it yourself.
  6. @4ryan6
    Hi Ry, hope all is well with you my friend.
  7. Hi 4ryan6,

    Sorry for the late reply, I've been away the past week.

    I do realize I need to open my case to install lol. I just wanted to avoid any unnecessary hassles. Anyways, I'm using a brand name computer that I haven't put any upgrades into. It's an HP Prod# EL478aa. I'm not sure what other info I can supply you with... I'm not too tech savy. I never considered my Power Supply needing an upgrade, I always just thought it was the 'thing that plugs into the wall.' LOL
  8. i dled the cpu and i clicked on motherboard where does it say what u have pci-e, pci or agp?
  9. I downloaded several of these program, but this one shows you the slots:

    http://www.techspot.com/downloads/433-everest-ultimate-edition.html

    After installation, go to "Computer" then "DMI" then "System Slots."

    The trial version doesn't show everything, but it does show the slot info, and most everything else.

    I love the way this page keeps refreshing itself so I have to write this message 5 times...
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