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August 27, 2010 8:46:12 PM

I'm looking to possibly upgrade the video card in this computer. Most cards I see say PCI-E 2.0 x16.. I'm pretty sure my computer doesn't have a slot for that. Here are the specs:

Processor AMD Phenom™ II X4 Quad-Core Processor 810 (2.6GHz, 6MB L2 Cache)
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Memory 6GB DDR2 Dual Channel Memory (2 x 2048MB & 2 x 1024MB Modules)
Video ATI® Radeon™ HD 5450 Graphics with 512MB Dedicated Video Memory
Available Expansion Slots Available: 0 - PCI-E x16, 1 - PCI-E x1, 2 - PCI

Money really isn't an issue, are there any cards that have about 1GB of memory that I could possibly upgrade with this or am I pretty much stuck with what I have? Thanks!

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a c 130 U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 9:05:54 PM

The PCI-E x16 slot will take PCI-E 2.0 x16 cards its backwards compatible. There are some exceptions so its a good idea to just check with the company who make your Motherboard. Most websites will have a link to compatible graphics cards. There is also the possibility that you may need a Bios update for compatibility.
Generally the compatibility is pretty good and im mentioning it so you are fully informed. Wouldn't want you buying something that didn't work would we.

Mactronix :) 
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a c 153 U Graphics card
August 27, 2010 9:06:02 PM

You can use any PCI-e 2.0 x16 card. =] 2.0 cards work in 1.0 slots. You can see if there is a BIOS update that enables it, but this shouldn't be needed.
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August 27, 2010 9:43:17 PM

Thank you all. I'm not very PC knowledgeable, so this is good news. =)
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