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aznboi2o9

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I have a desktop and I would like to upgrade the graphic card. I'm currently using the onboard graphic card which sucks. =/ But, I just want to know if this card I'm buying is compatible with my motherboard. And, I know this new graphic card isn't all that great but I'm not those doom/halo/cod4 gamers on pc. I play Rumble fighter and maplestory.

Here are my specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+
2.21 GHz, 1.93 GB of ram
NVIDIA GeForce 6100 nForce 405
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Unless there is a change this is the card he would like to get.

http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1826

(I sent him here because I couldn't answer his question, that is why I know the link.)
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Can you give us your system's make and model?
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Oh sorry, :)

Model: NF-MCP61

Well, I don't see the make for it.

Edited by aznboi2o9, 04 October 2009 - 09:39 PM.

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Do you know the motherboard make/model?

If not, SIW should be able to tell you, I see it in edge2022's signature. No need to paste a whole log, just the make/model is fine. :)

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Make as in (HP, Dell, etc.)
The model should be written on your case as well.

You can use SIW or CPU-Z to find the mainboard (motherboard) make and model.
The 9500gt suggested should work if you have a PCI-E X16 slot open.
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It appears that this might be your motherboard: http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813130068
Can't confirm this myself though. Does your rear I/O ports match up with this one and does the mobo look the same?
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I forgot to mention this is a custom made computer.

That motherboard does not look similar to mine. And, I just looked at the slots and only saw the PCI slots and a PCI express x1 Slot. There was no PCI express x16 slot. :)

I guess I can just buy this PCI graphic card then.
http://www.tigerdire...e...&CatId=1603

Edited by aznboi2o9, 04 October 2009 - 11:05 PM.

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Use SIW or CPU-Z to find the mainboard make/model or contact the builder and ask them for the motherboard make/model.
Can you give me a picture of your motherboard's expansion slots? An 8400GS is better than onboard graphics, but not by much (I have an 8400gs for my really old computer)
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If you're looking at the motherboard already, you'll find it printed on it.
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Posted Image Posted Image

My mistake I do think the motherboard you said is similar to mine. And I think the orange one is the PCI express x16 slot.

Here's the picture of my slots.

Posted Image Posted Image

Now that I got this all sorted out! I was looking through many video cards and saw this one. I read that DDR3 is better than DDR2 so I've been looking at DDR3 video cards with low prices.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814125260

Edited by aznboi2o9, 05 October 2009 - 03:34 PM.

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That is a free PCI-Express slot, alright. :)

Also just a quick question, what is the make and model of your power supply? In particular I'm looking for two things: 1) Total output wattage (W); and 2) total output of the +12V rail(s) - it will be in amps (A).

Just gotta make sure you have enough power to add in another card.

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Is there a program to find out my power supply stuff?

I did not build this computer, my sister did and she left it for me and she does not live with me.
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No, but you should be able to see the information on a sticker on the side of the PSU (looking inside the case).
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The sticker on it says 300W.

+12V
+20A
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