dell 3000 graphic card upgrade

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i am upgrading my dell 3000 with a graphic card. I am not sure how to tell the difference between a pci and pci express port. Also i am looking for a good quality card to play half life 2 in high quality graphics. If anyone has any ideas on a card around the price range of 150 - 300 dollars that would be helpful.
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first, *smacks on nose* bad double poster..lol, i kid.

second the difference between pci and pci-e is this pci=very little bandwidth[thats bad!] and pci-e=a lot of bandwidth[thats good!]

the minimum and reccomended specs for a computer running hl2 are
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Minumum System Configuration

* 1.2 GHz Processor
* 256MB RAM
* DirectX 7 capable graphics card
* Windows 2000/XP/ME/98
* Mouse
* Keyboard
* Internet Connection (broadband connection recommended)

Preferred System Configuration

* 2.4 GHz Processor
* 512MB RAM
* DirectX 9 capable graphics card
* Windows 2000/XP/ME/98
* Mouse
* Keyboard
* Internet Connection (broadband connection recommended)


now, we'd have to know other specifications about your computer to help you out with hl2. let me tell you, it runs like crap on 256megs of ram, so an upgrade to 512 or even 1024 is necessary.
your computer also only comes equipped with pci slots, so no gurantee about really great performance but this and this as well as these two[youre pretty much limited to those, btw, those are in american]
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thanks umm for the help if there is any thing else i need to tell you or whatever just reply me or message me or what ever thanks

here are the specs on my computer

512 mb of ram
3.00 GHz
direct x 7 i believe am not sure
windows xp
mouse
keyboard
Earthlink dsl internet


i was thinking about this graphic card what do you think here is the link http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814139166 [/u]
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for under $300 you can get a better card than that and another stick of ram.
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really well that is good
where would you reccomend looking for a graphic card and a stick of ram
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newegg, i posted several links for graphics cards in one of my earlier posts. but just in case, here they are again http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... CatId=1603
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications ... CatId=1603
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814145087
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814131411
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as for ram, since you have the 3.0 ghz proce3ssor, we can go for pc3200 ram. however, we wouldnt want to be mixing ram speeds so we need to know what type your current ram is. it is either pc2700, or pc3200
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how do i figure out my ram speed
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Go here and download this it will tell you all about your system:

http://www.cpuid.org/cpuz.php#download

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umm i believe it is pc3200 i am not sure could you tell me where in this aplication i could find it
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Under the memory tab??? Possibly???

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it isnt undre memory but i found it. it is pc3200
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My bad ....the spd tab...lol....was trying to remember from off the top of my head. apologies.

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it isnt undre memory but i found it. it is pc3200
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well i am saying i found it the number is pc3200 if you have any suggestions on ram stick
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How much more do you want?

Get this gfx card
http://www.shentech.com/bfggefx59oc1.html
i have and love it.

or the 6600GT (PCI-e)
http://www.xpcgear.com/nx6600gttd128e.html

6600GT (AGP)
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.a ... Video+Card
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On these Dell 3000 systems there is no pci-e interface, actually there is no agp slot, so the options for a video upgrade would have to be a pci video card.

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How much more do you want?

Get this gfx card
http://www.shentech.com/bfggefx59oc1.html
i have and love it.

or the 6600GT (PCI-e)
http://www.xpcgear.com/nx6600gttd128e.html

6600GT (AGP)
http://www.newegg.com/product/Product.a ... Video+Card
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as you wish....
http://www.flybear.com/pci.html

nVidia GeForce FX5500 128mb
(ive played HL2 and css on this card. runs ok.
http://www.flybear.com/pcifx5500_128.htm
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lol....just no need to confuse folks thats all, they go and spend money on something and its not what they are able to use.

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well if he gets that 5500 its gunna make him happy!
:LOL:
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quit grabbin my feet to elite......lol....next time I wont wash em ...that'll fix ya ....lol

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huh?
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Location:Under Your Bed :lol:
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huh?
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:lol: oh yeah. but i wouldnt grab your feet....they scard the *plum* out of me last time... :lol:

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i am thinking upgrading from 512 ram to 1024
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aaa nvm that last remark i am not going to upgrade my ram just yet but you guys said that if i get this card

http://www.flybear.com/pcifx5500_128.htm

i will be satisfied with the my half life 2 graphics soo i am probably getting this unless any better suggestions any one has
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Beleave me, you'll be happy with that card :)

( i used it befor3)

its the best you can get fo your system
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Elite you work for NVidia...lol......do some research about which is better ATI or Nvidia and choose whichever you think you'd be happiest with. Me personally....I don't use NVidia in my rigs or any I build for customers. But thats by preference.Some links:

http://www.hothardware.com/viewarticle. ... 38&catid=2
http://www.amdzone.com/modules.php?op=m ... s&secid=13

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i did already

i chose ATI over nvidia but, thats the best card he can get for HIS system.
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Not you do the research...lol....they fella asking abput the cards...lol :P

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i did already
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Oh....Silly me :lol:

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