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Video Card Question

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August 14, 2010 9:40:05 PM

I have an Onboard SIS Chipset Instead of a real Video card, If I buy a regular AGP or PCI video card Can I still put it on my computer?

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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 9:42:20 PM

As long as you have the proper port and a power supply that can handle the card you can use anything you want.
August 14, 2010 9:48:33 PM

I just Took a look and it doesnt seem like I do haha, But you know more then I do so Ill take a screenie and put it up.
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a c 376 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 9:50:31 PM

Alright. Just your motherboard or computer brand/model # should do though.
August 14, 2010 9:57:51 PM

Thats what my VGA cord Connects to which is whats confusing me.

But Let me Reboot and grab the Digits
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 10:05:24 PM

Well that is the connector for the onboard video. The question is what slots the board has to add a real video card.
If you don't know what motherboard it is then CPU-Z can tell you on the mainboard tab;
August 14, 2010 10:25:09 PM

Wow thats the best thing ive ever downloaded, lol. But Ive got an ASUS K8S-MV-V
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 10:39:22 PM

Alright, your motherboard has an AGPx8 slot. Not as good as PCIE x16 but much better than only having PCI slots. What kind of processor do you have in there and how much ram? Any idea what PSU is in the system?
August 14, 2010 10:45:22 PM

Ive got an AMD athlon 64 2800+ and about 1.5GB of Ram in there, and Power Supply is an ASUS S-25F
August 14, 2010 10:50:17 PM

And youll probably need to know this as well but im trying to add in an NVidia GeForce2 MX
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 11:16:50 PM

While you can probably install that card I don't think it will be a noticeable upgrade from the onboard video. What exactly are you trying to accomplish with the upgrade? Gaming?
August 14, 2010 11:34:58 PM

Yeah Im trying to get World of Warcraft to run on this Compuer
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 14, 2010 11:51:28 PM

Alright, well, you can add a card but the problem is your processor is single core and not even a very fast one. Basically it isn't going to do well on current games. You can add a card but I think that CPU is going to struggle with WoW although it may be playable. There are few cards to pick from for AGP ports at this point and they are more expensive than they should be. This would be your best choice;
Honestly you would be better off upgrading the system entirely rather than wasting money upgrading that thing. It really doesn't have to cost all that much to build a computer much, much better than what you have now. Just earlier I picked out some parts for someone else in a different thread so I'll just quote myself;
Something like this would do the job;
That total $233 before rebates and $197 after. Then you just need to add whatever video card you want.
The processor is a x3 but the chip is actually a quad core with one of the cores locked. The motherboard allows you to unlock the 4th core in the BIOS. It isn't guaranteed to work but the odds are very good(80-90%.) The power supply can handle any of the cards I mentioned and is modular for a less cluttered case. The ram is 4gb from a decent brand and DDR3 1600.
If you would like a case so you don't have to deal with swapping out the motherboards this one is serviceable and very cheap($23 shipped after the promo code);
August 15, 2010 12:11:38 AM

Yeah thats what I was thinking as well My processor is garbage, but The only reason I Figured to try out that Card was because I Constantly get This error when trying to play

Can't Create New Surface
Out of Video Memory
This Program Will Exit

And the video card I'm getting is free from a family member so i figured might as well take it and throw it on. Is it easy to replace a processor or is it pretty much permanent?
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 12:18:56 AM

Well you can try the card see what happens but I don't think there should be much difference in performance. As for upgrading just the processor your motherboard really can't handle anything that would make it worth the cost and effort.
August 15, 2010 12:23:30 AM

Damn, I didn't think I was in this bad shape Haha, Well Thanks for the help man, My eyes were definitely opened :D 
August 15, 2010 12:36:34 AM

Oh! Sorry for the double Post But before We go can you tell me the best processor My motherboard can handle? Because I dont think im going to have any kind of money soon.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 15, 2010 1:42:34 AM

According to ASUS the best your motherboard can use is an 2.2 ghz Athlon 64 3700+. Adding .4 ghz is a marginal upgrade and really not worth the cost/effort like I said.
August 26, 2010 10:12:04 PM

Well! I added the New GeForce to my Computer and WoW runs beautifly! :D  No more error or nadass. Il lget the occasional lag spike here and there but nothing with the video card, Thanks for the help man