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What Graphics Card Do I Need?

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January 13, 2009 4:05:06 PM

I Have a packard bell ixtreme its quite old so i wanna update and get a new graphics card to use for gaming but i don't know which one i need for sure. i know i need a AGP type but i bought one of them the other day but it didn't really fit because the depth of the slot on the motherboard isnt big enough and the silver thing on the card sticks out too much i kind of jus want a cheap one under £30 if thats possible

heres a picture of my mother board and the details

http://img19.picoodle.com/img/img19/...1m_3bf2a0e.jpg
theres a gap where the red line is in the picture

Packard Bell NEC Packard Bell Computer P851008201
System Serial Number: 030867420280
Chassis Serial Number: 50424E
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Board: NEC COMPUTERS INTERNATIONAL GA-8SIMLNF 1.0
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 1.0M 08/15/2003
SiS 650_651_M650_M652_740 [Display adapter]
Packard Bell NEC CI FC700 [Monitor] (15.7"vis, s/n 310336523020, August 2003)
H+H Virtual CD SCSI Controller SDK
SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller (2x)
SiS PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller

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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2009 4:44:57 PM

Your link doesnt work .

If the mb has an AGP slot , an AGP video card would have fit nicely .

AGP is very old technology and its no good for gaming any more . Save till you can update to a more modern computer

January 13, 2009 5:09:55 PM

Wow, that computer is old, a Packard Bell. That brings back memories.
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a b U Graphics card
January 13, 2009 6:03:53 PM

You might have been trying to install that AGP card into a PCI slot. There's a possibility that there's already a AGP card occupying the slot which you'd need to remove in order to install a new one. Here's a pic of your motherboard, check to see if you were doing it right. You may want to have a friend or family member that's more familiar with computers do it for you or get it done by a tech.
http://support.packardbell.com/uk/item/index.php?i=spec...
January 13, 2009 9:07:42 PM



theres the image again hopefully you can see it and im sure i was putting it in the AGP slot
January 13, 2009 9:21:14 PM

Yes, that would be an AGP slot, however, I'm uncertain if it'd be the right type; as far as I know, modern 8x AGP cards might not be backwards compatible to you slot, which looks like it's 1x or 2x.
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 13, 2009 10:00:28 PM

Your problem is that your system has a low-profile case. That means you need a low-profile video card or it will not fit. This severely limits your options but you can still find something.
It's a 4x AGP port which should be fine with 8x cards if im not mistaken.
a c 376 U Graphics card
January 13, 2009 10:09:24 PM

Also if what I've read is true your motherboard handles at most 1 gig of ram which is pretty crappy really. Make sure you at least have it maxed.
In the end I think you can get this thing to play stuff like gta3 or half life 2 but not many real games from the last 2-3 years will be playable.
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