04-13-2005, 11:01 AM
Hallo, I have an pentium4 machine, 2.8Ghz, 512Ram. All i have on my motherboard is 3pci slots. I am trying to get a graphics card.I am thinking about fx5200, fx5500 or fx5700. Will it run most of the games properly? Or could I add an AGP or PCI express slot to my motherboard? Somebody told my that it is just wasting of money to buy a graphics for PCI slot, because they are too slow-Is it true? I couldnt actually find an PCI fx5500, neither the PCI fx 5700, do they exist? All i found for the PCI slot was the fx5200. Please help.
04-13-2005, 11:12 AM
You have no AGP slot? :eek:
04-13-2005, 11:51 AM
I ve opened it, had a look but it is not there seriously
04-13-2005, 12:10 PM
I find having no AGP slots quite hard to believe.
Have a look at the picture attached to this post and tell me if you have any brown slots like the one in the pic (the white ones ar PCI).
04-13-2005, 12:39 PM
No, not at all, nothing like that. 3 pci slots and thats it! If u dont believe i send u a picture if u want. Do u know any solutions??? Thank u
04-13-2005, 12:51 PM
All new motherboards have a AGP slot nowadays.....so its a bit weird if you don't have one whilst running a 2.8ghz P4. > wh00t!
I'd personally recommend getting a new motherboard, as you can pick up a 8x AGP mobo off ebay brand new for about 50 quid.
04-13-2005, 01:22 PM
have a look, there is actually space for AGP but no slot, can i get one and add it in there???
04-13-2005, 01:31 PM
You have no AGP slot? :eek:
have a look mate. There is actually space for a apg slot, but the slot is missing. Do u think I could get it and just simply add it in the space??? Thank u mate
04-13-2005, 01:33 PM
That's kind of sucky man!
No AGP slots! :eek:
Adding one all depends on your motherboard (make, model etc) and whether you have the space to add one.
Having never done one myself i couldn't say how easy / difficult it is.
I'd imagine not too easy.
04-13-2005, 01:48 PM
I don't know if it is possible to add one to the you the truth...I think you'd have to buy a new motherboard:cool:
04-13-2005, 01:56 PM
I do remember reading somewhere that there is such thing as an AGP -> PCI converter chips.
Where? - I don't know.
I can see a good and bad point about this though.
1. You'll undoubtedly lose a bit of performance from the card (bottleneck maybe).
2. (The good point) It may cost less than a new mobo. :thumbsup:
04-13-2005, 11:17 PM
Sure you could add one if you are very handy with a soldering iron and that's actually the place for an agp slot. :p
On a more serious note, please use a more descriptive title in the future. "hallo everybody I need help" is pretty vague.
04-13-2005, 11:28 PM
Ah nice.....now I know it's possible:p
However, if you 'aven't got the patience to do that, then get a new motherboard as a bog standard 478 socket mobo come pretty cheap nowadays:)
04-14-2005, 03:49 AM
Okay guys, get real... you pretty much can't add an AGP slot, first off it does take some skill to solder into a multi-layer circuit board. Plus, just because the holes are there doesn't mean the motherboard's BIOS or the chipset has the support for an AGP slot. And even if one or the other has it, the actual circuit pathways from the holes to the AGP bus are most likely not even in the board since it didn't come with a slot. You most likely wouldn't be able to see the circuits because a motherboard is a multi-layer circuit board because if it were one board, there wouldn't be enough room on the bottom for all the pathways.
Now why are the holes there? Well most likely it is like a lot of things where they designed more stuff initially into the board then they actually used.
04-14-2005, 10:36 PM
...plus the motherboard will be soldered with industrial grade solder which does not take kindly to your run of the mill soldering iron.
I remember the time I replaced a battery socket on a Pentium 200 motherboard and I had to hold the soldering iron against the pin for a good 30-40 seconds before it even started to melt - would be a nightmare to try soldering with an AGP/PCI slot.
04-15-2005, 12:28 AM
Easiest thing to do is to buy a decent motherboard and install it...