is this common??

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my brother recently purchase a new PC game (City of Heroes). he wanted a new graphics card so the game would run a little better. this is where it gets weird. his PC is the gaming edition from Dell. 2.4 Ghz P4, 80 gig hard drive, big ole flatscreen and all that. but his mother board DOES NOT HAVE A AGP slot. i was like *huminahumina!!*

why?? why no AGP slot??
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lol, yeah this is normal, its cheaper to make pc's like this for dell. It also limits the upgradability and means you have to send your pc back to dell if you ever want to upgrade...

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And the exact reason why I don't buy prebuilt machines. Usually, the store rep trying to sell you the machine doesn't even know if it has an AGP or will lie and tell you it's fully upgradable.
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lol
i told him i could build him one but he wanted a warranty.
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lol
i told him i could build him one but he wanted a warranty.


Individual parts have warranties too... :?

He could buy a new motherboard with an AGP slot and upgrade like that. Would be really expensive though and probaly not worth it.
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Dell's have funny ram to I think.
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yeah, its SDRAM..i think, not sure, cpu-z tld me, but im too lazy to redownload it
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TomK wrote:
GSlinger wrote:
lol
i told him i could build him one but he wanted a warranty.


Individual parts have warranties too... :?

He could buy a new motherboard with an AGP slot and upgrade like that. Would be really expensive though and probaly not worth it.



actually, you can get a motherboard for not too much.. see: http://zipzoomfly.com but, it's making sure the ram and CPU and everything will work with it in which the trick lies.
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darkermoon wrote:
TomK wrote:
GSlinger wrote:
lol
i told him i could build him one but he wanted a warranty.


Individual parts have warranties too... :?

He could buy a new motherboard with an AGP slot and upgrade like that. Would be really expensive though and probaly not worth it.



actually, you can get a motherboard for not too much.. see: http://zipzoomfly.com but, it's making sure the ram and CPU and everything will work with it in which the trick lies.


That's why I said it would be expensive. There would be multiplem parts that would need replacing.
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i know all this but he dont want me to work on his PC for some reason. he is worried that Dell will send the FBI or something.
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i know all this but he dont want me to work on his PC for some reason. he is worried that Dell will send the FBI or something.
Don't worry, we will find you a good disguise if that happens :anonymous:
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thnx man i appreciate it lol
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Dell, Gateway, Compaq, eMachines. They all do that now. That is why if you want to upgrade you should always build your own.
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Not true about emachines Bgnn32! My brother got one for x-mas and it had onboard graphics but I went ahead and stuck my 6800 Ultra in there! :)
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you gave your bro a 6800?!
i wish i had an older bro to do that
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you gave your bro a 6800?!
i wish i had an older bro to do that

lol. Well, dell, not too long ago was upgradeable, you just needed to get a slim type card so it would fit in the case that i had. I don't know what they're doing now... I like having control over everything so, I build it.
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i hate dell, i cant even see my cpu, or my memory, or half my computer for that matter.
its covered in some green plastic shield. th one time i tried removing it, it made weird noises and the whole thing dropped 2 inches...i kinda left it alone after that.
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i hate dell, i cant even see my cpu, or my memory, or half my computer for that matter.
its covered in some green plastic shield. th one time i tried removing it, it made weird noises and the whole thing dropped 2 inches...i kinda left it alone after that.


That's really weird.. they must have started doing that. Mine has green plastic quick releases on everything.
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Not true about emachines Bgnn32! My brother got one for x-mas and it had onboard graphics but I went ahead and stuck my 6800 Ultra in there! :)


Ok so not all of them are like that or they have stopped, I have seen some that don't have AGP, but I am not too suprised they make some that do.
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my dell is an old dell, like 4 years old.
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4ss_munk3y wrote:
i hate dell, i cant even see my cpu, or my memory, or half my computer for that matter.
its covered in some green plastic shield. th one time i tried removing it, it made weird noises and the whole thing dropped 2 inches...i kinda left it alone after that.
That is a plastic shield that comes off - you should see some plastic notches going into little slots if you look carefully.

They have used them for years. Not sure if the systems out in the last year still use them. They appeared a good design for airflow off the P/S fan to the CPU area.
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yeah, its SDRAM..i think, not sure, cpu-z tld me, but im too lazy to redownload it


...erm that was like 10 years ago was it not? ....for 200MHz MMX PC's.
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The new Dell gaming PC's are coming with PCI Express, you may want to check this out...I bet you will be pleasantly surprised to find a PCI-X slot there which should be filled with a new NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT
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The new Dell gaming PC's are coming with PCI Express, you may want to check this out...I bet you will be pleasantly surprised to find a PCI-X slot there which should be filled with a new NVIDIA GeForce 6600GT



Not saying true or false but I have seen cards advertised as an AGP card when it is actually hard wired to the mobo, it performed just like a normal AGP card only no real AGP port. I would assume they could do the same with PCI-X.

Like I said I am not saying they do or don't as I have yet to see the new Dell's guts, but I wouldn't be surprised either way.
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Sorry, to clarify I was putting my suggestion for a video card in there, not implying that the card came with it.
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...erm that was like 10 years ago was it not? ....for 200MHz MMX PC's.


Haha....MMx.....that is funny.

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