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video card upgrade for gaming AND TV?


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TH_John

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I have an HP Pavilion a815n w/512 mb memory, asustek computer inc Goldfish 2 1 mother board with a bus clock of 133 and ameritrends bios 3.28. The CPU is 3.07 gig intel pent. 4

I think I have one, maybe two PCI expansion slots. I like playing video games but the existing intel 82915G/GV/910GL express chipset just isnt fast enough.

I'd like to be able to get a video tuner/capture, etc card like the ATI Visiontek xtasy theater 550 pro MCE/PCI/PVR/TV-FM Tuner/Video capture card (w/remote) while still getting Visiontek xtasy Aadean 1300 PCI video card for enhanced gaming play action etc.

Can you install more than one of these cards? Will the Visiontek TV theater Video card help with game play or are they completely separate issues/cards/functions? I find it ironic that I may not be able to do both on the same machine... short of getting a new machine that is which is of course another option - ie new mother board... the list keeps getting longer and longer.

Also, I read somewhere that there is a PCI-X standard that allows for faster bus thoughput from the same 'slow' standard pci slot and that these PCI-X cards are supposed to fit into the 'standard' PCI slot. Does anyone know anything about the availability of any PCI-X cards... I couldn't find any examples.

Thanks in advance for the advice.

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PCI and PCI-Express are compleatly different and the two are not compatable

PCI is the older technology and are usually white in colour on your motherboard

PCI-Express is the new slot for Graphics cards replacing AGP

in regards to your problem what slot do you have on your motherboard
AGP? PCI? or PCI-Express

an intel P4 im guessing woul;d have to have at least an AGP slot on the motherboard

if that is the case you can purchase one of the ATI all-in-wonder card series these cards incorporate botha grahics processing unit and the ability to allo you to watch TV through the card (it has an inbuilt tuner)

but if your motherboard does not support AGP and only has PCI (not PCI-Express) then you will have to opurchase a seperate tv tuner card and a seperate grahics card the best one you could get PCI grahics card wise would be the Nvidea fx5500 and then purchase a TV tuner card.

if your motherboard does infact support AGP then the ATI All-in-wonder card series is deffinetly the way to go

so:
1) what does your motherboard support?
2) what is your budget?

i hope that helps

troppo
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