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    Default trying to figure out what video card to buy

    i was just wondering how to tell if a video card is compatible with my computer. i took my computer to a repair shop yesterday, because i was trying to find ways to make my computer play games better. he suggested a new video card and gave me a printout of a abbreviated description. i know absolutely nothing about computers but i was on ebay and found two that looked like what he had on the paper and i just want to know how to find out if they would match my computer.

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    My very general advice is buy the most powerfull OEM card that you can afford AND is compatible with your system. However.....

    Please post the following specs of your computer:

    CPU & speed (eg P111 800Mhz or Athlon 2800 etc)?
    How much memory (RAM) do you have?
    Your motherboard type?
    Which OS are you using (eg windows 98, XP home etc)?

    We really need to know all this to give you the best advice. For example no point in advising yo to get a top end card if you have a cpu running at 200Mhz as that will be your bottleneck.

    If you dont know your system specs download and run Belarc advisor and it will tell you http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

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    Default video card

    i think this is the answer to the questions you asked. pentium 3 450 mgz. 256 mb ram. i cant find where it says motherboard type so i'll just type everything out. My os is windows xp.

    processor
    450 megahertz Intel Pentium III
    32 kilobyte primary memory cache
    512 kilobyte secondary memory cache

    main circuit board
    Board: Intel Corporation
    Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
    BIOS: Intel Corp. 4W4SB0X0.15A.0013.P08 04/22/1999


    let me know anything else you may need

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    also, these are the 2 links to the ebay video cards i found. like i said, i dont really know anything about computers, they are probably the same thing for all i know. the exact description on the piece of paper that i have that the man at the computer shop gave me is: NVIDIA GEFORCE FX 5200 128M 8X DX9 DH TV: I have no idea what any of those abbreviations are.


    http://www.help2go.com/modules.php?n...=reply&t=10055

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...rd=1#ebayphoto

    thanks again in advance.

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    I would recommend running the BelArc Advisor from Shinobi's post. That will tell you (and us) exactly what model of motherboard you have. That will let us know if your AGP slot can handle 2X, 4X, or 8X. It doesn't do any good to pay for speed in the card if your motherboard can't handle it. With a 450mhz processor, a top of the line 8X card will probably be wasted. Charlie

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    i did run that. i posted what i thought it would be a couple replies up. sorry if im a pain in the a*s, im just really computer stupid. what am i looking for to see what kind of motherboard i have.

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    Usually it prints a model number with the board type, but sometimes it doesn't. Thank you, Charlie

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    System Model
    Gateway
    System Serial Number: 0014109513
    Chassis Serial Number: 0014109513

    Controllers
    Standard floppy disk controller
    Intel(r) 82371AB/EB PCI Bus Master IDE Controller
    Primary IDE Channel [Controller]
    Secondary IDE Channel [Controller]

    Bus Adapters
    Intel(r) 82371AB/EB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller

    Drives
    8.45 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
    1.66 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

    MATSHITA DVD-ROM SR-8584A [CD-ROM drive]
    3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

    QUANTUM FIREBALL CR8.4A [Hard drive] (8.46 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 128911311640, rev A5U.1200, SMART Status: Healthy

    Memory Modules c,d
    384 Megabytes Installed Memory

    Slot 'J6J1' has 64 MB
    Slot 'J6J2' has 64 MB
    Slot 'J7J1' has 256 MB

    this is pretty much everything else that was on the belarc thing.

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    This is the link to your motherboard specs
    http://support.gateway.com/s/MOTHERB...M0040202.shtml

    tracked it down with the Gateway serial number. It has a 1X AGP slot. Charlie

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    ok. thank you for your help. sorry i couldn't have made it a little easier on you.

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