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Hi, just wondering, can i upgrade my pc with any type of grph.card?
or i should pay attention on somethink before i buyit?
Check which cards your processor and motherboard support, as far as i know AMD processors only support ATI cards not Nvidia, core i5, i7 etc will support both and the newer intel chipset motherboards support both SLI and Crossfire.
which Motherboard are you using?
Check out this (http://www.dabs.com/forum/showthread.php/224-Guide-How-to-install-a-Graphics-Card) thread especially paying attention to different card slots, as for the above I know that looking at AMD site it certainly looks that wat but nvidia cards do work on AMD platforms.
i definitely got that idea from somewhere, and i think it was from reading a product description on dabs.com.
anyway, i'm willing to accept that is wrong, but can AMD chips support SLI?
I've not done a lot of research on it but fairly sure it's down to the motherboard a lot of boards support both but some will only support one. Also recently some boards have been released that support using one nvidia and one ati card in the same machine, although this tech doesn't look like it will become mainstream.
You need to check what type of connectors your motherboard and powersupply have. Most modern graphics cards are PCI Express which are the blue ones on the photo below:
They may look a bit different on your motherboard (if it has them?) but are usually the longest ones of those type of connectors on the board and have a small clip at the end.
Now for the powersupply. You have to make sure that your powersupply has the right type/number of connectors and a high enough power rating for the graphics card you choose. All modern cards will require 1 or 2 of, or a combination of 6pin and 8pin PCI Express connectors. The picture below is of a 6+2pin connector which can be used as a 6pin or an 8pin:
To find out your powersupply's power rating look for a label on it somewhere or look up the model number on google. Depending on what card you choose around 500w or more should be good.
Both amd and nvidia cards are compatible with either amd or intel, so you can pick either for your core2duo system. It's down to the motherboard whether it supports sli, crossfire or a mix of both cards on the same board.
I could maybe advise on what cards to look at if you want? Just need to know what you're buying the card to do and a bit more about the spec of your computer.
Illpost that in a while, iam working now...
Yeah as 2o2o has said Nvidia and ATI both work with either AMD or Intel. I've used AMD chips for years and only ever had Nvidia cards. The compatibility you need to worry about is the socket not the CPU.
What you do need to watch though, is older board models with dual PCIe slots used either Xfire OR SLI. These will work fine with either Nvidia or ATI when using only a single card but when using dual cards require you to use the cards designed for that Dual technology i.e ATI when using Xfire or Nvidia when using SLI.