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BuckeyeShane
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« on: December 20, 2004, 01:40:35 PM »

I have a friend that has dell computer with an intel integrated video card.  My question is can I still plug an aftermarket video card into this computers mobo (i'm not sure which dell model this is, i'm just inquiring whether it's even possible).  Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2004, 04:08:20 PM »

If the mobo has an AGP slot, then yes. Some cheaper Dell's won't have the slot though, so you need to check.
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2004, 04:09:56 PM »

it is possible, although you need to make sure you computer has an AGP slot on the motherboard (i think most recent boards with integrated video do).  if there isn't an AGP slot, then you could still use a PCI video card, but it has become pretty difficult, if not impossible, to find a decent card that is still available in PCI.  in any case, all you have to do is install the new video card and disable the onboard video in the BIOS. everything should work after that.
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2004, 04:17:13 PM »

Thanks for the responses, I'm assuming it has an agp slot since it's only about a year old.  Thanks again
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2004, 06:48:12 PM »

Quote from: "BuckeyeShane"
Thanks for the responses, I'm assuming it has an agp slot since it's only about a year old.  Thanks again


I wouldn't assume that.  I'm pretty sure that some systems with integrated video still leave off the AGP slot to cut costs.  I don't know for sure if Dell does, but I wouldn't be surprised.  (I like Dell, but their slim/budget systems are not really designed to be upgraded easily.)  

As noted, if there is no AGP slot, you could still get a PCI card but you are likely to be stuck with a less than stellar Geforce 5*00 series at best.
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2004, 07:01:56 PM »

I've got a Dell Dimension 2400 and it does not have an AGP slot. I just bought an nVidia FX 5200 PCI card to put in it.
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2004, 12:22:42 AM »

I was just going to suggest a GeforceFX 5200 PCI but PaulBot beat me to it.
However it is worth checking to see if you have an AGP slot, as PCI cards do suck as already mentioned. Nothing new anyway.. the PCI bus just can't handle what AGP (and now PCI Express) can handle.
I did use a Geforce 5200 PCI 256mb (they even come in 256mb versions, didn't notice any difference though) on Halo for the PC and it played fairly well. Played Battlefield 1942 as well, no problems.

There are some third parties out there that have I believe Geforce FX 5600 or 5700's (PCI version) as well. Do a search on yahoo or google for Geforce 5700 PCI. Should come up with something. ANYTHING is better than the onboard video though!
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