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I Need A Pci-e Video Card


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#1 baso3456

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 09:56 PM

Can I buy a pci-e x16 video card and will it work in a x1 slot if that is what I have in my machine? I don't want to spend much money on a card for playing my games but I think I could use one since I have just the integrated one on my E-machine computer. I bought 1 gig or ram already and this improved my game play immensely.

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Posted 24 November 2006 - 10:36 PM

I don't think so. If you look at a picture of a PCIex16 compared to PCIex1 they are much different in size. PCIex1 is very small compared to PCIex16 is like the size of ram slots. I think you could put PCI or PCIex1 in PCIx16, but i'm not sure.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 11:04 PM

You sure it's just PCI-ex1. Not x16. x1 is tiny, about .5-1 inches and x16 is like a good 3-4 inches long.
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Posted 24 November 2006 - 11:51 PM

you either have pci, agp, pcie 1x, pci 16x, or a combination of some of these. I don't think that the pcie slots are backward compatible though. If you need a new card, go find what slot you have and then search for that slot. They do sell pcie 1x video cards (i think the best is x1300) but they are way rare and not as good as the other slots. If you have any alternative to pcie1x, do it (except for pci-normal, but then again, there are some good pci cards and they are more common...)

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 01:50 AM

Video: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6100 GPU
up to 128MB of shared video memory
PCI-Express® (PCI-E x16) slot available

This is what the spec sheet says. I took a photo of the slots but can't figure out how to post it here. The very top slot is very small and then the one below it is much larger than to regular pci slots below it. So maybe I can use thex16 cards. I wish I could post the picture of them. If i really do have a x16; then what is the very tiny slot for at the very top? It does say on theMB PCIe1. Is it normal to have both a x1 and a x16?

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Posted 25 November 2006 - 02:01 AM

Your specs say you have PCIe x16 available. The tiny slot is probably PCIe x1, and yes, it is normal to have both. The PCIe x1 is for other add-on cards.
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Posted 25 November 2006 - 03:16 AM

Thanks Mr. Alpha, and thanks for all the other replies as well.




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