I would like to buy the GeForce 9800 GT to play World of Warcraft since my display card I am using now is no longer supported.
1)What i would like to know is if it will work or is compatible with my system.
2)How do I know if my computer supports PCI-Express and if my mobo will support it with the proper wattage
3)Will a Benicia 1.01 model motherboard support a Nivida graphics card?
Ive downloaded CPU-Z and also looked through the MSINFO32 and DXDIAG but cant find anything in them that shows me what I am looking for.
Here's my machines specs.
OS Name Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium
Version 6.0.6002 Service Pack 2 Build 6002
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name MORKINTASH-PC
System Manufacturer HP-Pavilion
System Model KJ385AA-ABA a6433w
System Type X86-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) Dual CPU E2180 @ 2.00GHz, 2000 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. 5.21, 2/26/2008
SMBIOS Version 2.5
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.0.6002.18005"
User Name Morkintash-PC\morkintash
Time Zone Central Standard Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 3.00 GB
Total Physical Memory 2.99 GB
Available Physical Memory 1.83 GB
Total Virtual Memory 6.18 GB
Available Virtual Memory 4.76 GB
Page File Space 3.28 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
Here are the specs on the card I am wanting to buy:
CPU-Z clearly said the G31. In which case normally has a single PCI-e slot. (I've owned 4.) Plus, the system isn't AGP old either, seen as it has a Core 2 Duo with DDR2 RAM. Unless HP deliberately left out the port for what ever reason.
OP... Just open up the side of the case and look. It's the simple. And yes, the 9800GT will work on ANY PCI-e port.
Not the case. You should tell him to check the make/model of his PSU. Not the wattage. That is bad advice. I have a 305W Dell PSU and it handles the 9800GT with no problems.
Actually it is good advice and you should not compare one mass made PSU to another as few are ever equal. I have 305w DELL PSU and it ran a 9800GT just fine also. Unfortunately HP does not use that same Delta made PSU so their generic 300w PSU is not on par and lacks the amps on the 12v the DELL offered. If the OP needs advice from a novice such as yourself, I'm sure he will ask you.