Installing graphics card on PCI Express?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Gilberto Samson, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. I just found out that I'm probably an idiot, but I need to confirm some info.
    I just purchased and put together my first computer in about three years,
    and I wanted to make it into a cutting-edge gaming rig.

    I got a motherboard with PCI Express so that I could use the faster graphics
    cards. I also got all the components (Athlon 64, etc.), but had to wait till
    the next payday for the graphics card. I used the built in graphics emulator
    till then. Today, I got my GeForce PCI Express graphics card, and it turns
    out that the PCIE slot on my board is PCI Express x1, and is very small. The
    graphics card did not fit, and from what I've since gathered, unless my motherboard
    has a PCI Express x16 slot, I cannot install any PCI Express graphics cards,
    and will have to make use of the AGP x8 slot for my grapics card. Is this
    correct, or is there hope? Thanks.
    Gilberto Samson, Jan 8, 2005
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  2. Gilberto,

    While it is possible to have a PCI Express 1x graphics card its unlikely
    that they will use 1x at all, your board simply has the 1x connector so it
    can brag that it has PCI Express support is my guess...

    If you look at the PCI Express specification you'll see that the faster
    slots are larger in size:

    So most likely your motherboard sucks and just said PCI Express on the
    package to get people to buy it... although that 1x PCI-X slot you do have
    would be wonderful for a Network card, modem, or some other common device
    its not really going to be useful in a kickass gaming machine, you really
    need a board with PCI-X 16x.

    I would return the motherboard, and buy one that has a PCI Express 16x slot

    Locke Nash Cole, Jan 8, 2005
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  3. Gilberto Samson

    James Mourby Guest

    Just adding 2 cents...

    As far as im aware... motherboards will have EITHER a pci-x16 OR agp port.
    but not both.
    James Mourby, Jan 8, 2005
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