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Can I upgrade my Dell 3100 with an Asus graphics card ?


B.J.

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My PC is a Dell Dimension 3100 and my digital video will not play correctly, it's jumpy. My motherboard uses on board graphics but I have a spare expansion slot and I am planning to fit an Asus ATI Radeon 5450 HD 1GB PCI-Express 2.1 HDMI graphics card. Can anybody please advise me if these parts are compatible ? I've heard Dell can be dodgy to update with 'foreign' parts. Thanks B.J.

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chub_tor

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The Dell Dimension 3100 has no AGP or PCIE x16 slot. Your suggested card is not compatible with that motherboard. If you can find one your only option is a PCI card.

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B.J.

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Thanks chub but I don't understand. I typed into Amazon PCI graphics card and the Asus 5450 came up. B.J.

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chub_tor

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There is a big difference between PCI and PCIe (also known as PCI Express). Take a look at Google to see the physical difference. PCI expansion slots for graphics cards are little used nowadays, they were replaced first by AGP and now by PCIe. I doubt if you will find a new PCI Graphics card nowadays and used ones will all be of relatively low memory.

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