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I just bought a new computer from DELL a few weeks ago. Decided that I needed to upgrade the video card.... but now I see that there is no agp slot. Is there anything I can do, or am I just stuck with the onboard graphics?
 

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Is there such a thing as an external agp adaptor?
Reason why I ask is I already purchased one only to find I had no agp slot.
It's a brand new computer... and I can't believe it doesn't have one.
 

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Model number of the PC itself?
I got the Dell Dimension 2400 under buisness class.
Upgraded everything with the exception of the Nvidia card.
This is the vid card I purchased seperately:
XFX GeForce FX 5200 256MB DDR 8X AGP w/ TV & DVI
 

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You can buy that graphics card with a PCI slot. If you bought that card through Dell, just call their tech support with your problem. Dell is usually pretty good about that sort of thing. Or, try the place you bought it from.

Newegg has an Apollo nVidia FX5200 with 128MB of RAM for $70 in stock as of this post. PCI-E and the newest highend AGP/PCI-E graphics cards are hitting the market at the same time, so all the previous generation cards are coming down in price. It's about the best you can do for a PCI slot. It will be pretty limited in speed compared to the AGP version because of the slower slot. However it has a high amount of RAM for a PCI card. The Radeon equivelant, the 9200se, would be roughly the same in terms of performance.

Many of the OEM brands do not include AGP in their budget and business-class machines for a bunch of reasons. Many workstation computers which the business class is oriented for do not require an AGP slot because a highend PCI card is up to the task.
 

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sbhunt said:
Is there such a thing as an external agp adaptor?
Reason why I ask is I already purchased one only to find I had no agp slot.
It's a brand new computer... and I can't believe it doesn't have one.
you have to be really careful when you buy a pc, if you know your thinking of upgrading your video card you have to make sure that it has a agp slot, if just bought the pc i would look into sending it back for an upgrade, the 2400 is Dell's base model, go the next model up with an agp card. it's only money and if you are not happy it is NOT money well spent.
 

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looks like you would have to bump up to the 4600 before they offer an agp card
 

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base 4600 is $619 base 2400 is $349 is having an agp worth the extra $270 plus what ever you paid for your card, WOW!!
 

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Looks like I'm going to have to sell this thing on ebay. *sigh*
It's not really worth 300.00 just to get the agp slot.
That's why I got the 2400 in the first place.
Really, I just wanted to play an online game... and Final Fantasy Online has really high system requirements.
Thanks for all your help though. I should have checked before I bought it.
 

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PC Requirements (Bare Minimum)

- 800 MHz Pentium III Processor
- Windows 98 or higher
- DirectX 8.1 or higher
- 128 MB of RAM
- 6.5 GB of Hard Drive Space
- CD Rom drive
- A 56k connection or greater
- An ATI card with at least 32 MB of Video RAM or a NVIDIA GeForce card with at least 32 MB of Video RAM.

THESE ARE THE GAME REQUIREMENTS
doesn't say you need a agp card, but it doesn't say you don't either, i would think that if you can get a good pci card it might be playable. To play graphic intensive games today you are gonna spend about $600 for a nice build it yourself system, it won't be top of the line but will be good, if you can spend more on a garfix card it will bump you up more in the $800 range. Buying a premade pc you talking more like $800 to $1200, for Alienware pc you talking a mortgage.
 

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Topato said:
you could just replace the motherboard. It would probably run you about $20-100
your probably right as long as mobo/psu isn't proprietary, it's a good thought.
here are some cards for your existing system

http://www.newegg.com/app/viewproductdesc.asp?description=14-102-354&DEPA=1
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-145-055&depa=1
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-133-068&depa=1
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=14-150-061&depa=1
 

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Originally Posted by Topato
you could just replace the motherboard. It would probably run you about $20-100


heh And you're assuming I know how to do this... ;)
 

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heh And you're assuming I know how to do this... ;)
Do what? install motherboard, beleive it or not its pretty easy, as long as you buy one that fits your case, has the right power connector, etc. it would involve some homework, and of course void any Dell warentee, etc. I just think you need a good pci card similar to the agp one that you bought. It won't be as fast but you should at least be able to play your games.
 

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I don't think it would be an easy task to get a different motherboard into a Dell case.

If you just got it a few weeks ago............won't Dell do something for you?
 

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I don't think it would be an easy task to get a different motherboard into a Dell case.

If you just got it a few weeks ago............won't Dell do something for you?
Hench the homework comment, like is the existing board a normal size ATX form, if it's the small Dell mini towers our engineers have at work, it would get interesting, if it is more like the Dell workstation case i have then maybe you have a chance. I wouldn't mess with it myself if i just bought the thing, i'd live with a good pci card and call it a day, or return the darn thing to Dell.
 

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lol I think I'll just get the PCI and call it a day. I don't HAVE to have a top of the line video card. Just one that works. :) And I'm not brave enough to replace the mother board.
 

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Aca, to get a Dell that has an agp slot you have to spend nearly twice the $$$ on it, Dimension 4600, granted you get a few more bells & whitles for you money but they cost $619 w/o and agp card, I thought Dells were cheap.
 
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