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I just got Battle for Middle Earth 2(BME2) and I had to get a new video card for my 2002 hp intel 4 processor computer which my cousin tells me needs a PCI probably. So I was looking and wondering if there is really any difference between a PCI and a PCI express? Also what would be a good site to go and buy a video card online that has low prices and where I am able to return the game?
The only thing I can tell you is that PCI is something really different than PCI-Express.
See PCI-express as the new AGP sort of thing. And besides... it's really hard to find a PCI videocard nowadays.
As for stores... I don't know, but I think you're better off first to get a new videocard and then the game. (I have an Ati radeon x850 on AGP, and I'm running a Pentium 4 processor too) and it runs perfect here. And that's quite an old card (in comparison with all the new stuff coming out every other day)
Now the other thing is; what are your other system specs. Memory might be an issue as BFME2 requires some. And what's your processor speed?
If you post these things, I think at least more people can help you. Maybe even more from you're country, regarding advice on stores and stuff.
Edit: Oh yeah, seeing you run a 2002 HP (guessing 2002 is the year) I reckon you don't even have a PCI-E slot on your computer and probably are in need of an AGP videocard.
PCI Express is a completely different slot then PCI. No cross-compatibility here.
Also, there are still AGP versions of many new video cards produced, but they are always a fair bit more expensive then PCI-E versions.
My knowledge of PCI vs Express is limited but the difference between them is that PCI allows for data transfer in one direction at a time, whereas PCI Express allows simultaneous data transfer.
The simultaneous data transfer increases the speed of video cards by 30% to almost double but you have to have a video card that is designed for PCI Express to take advantage. Also, you have to have a motherboard with PCI Express slots.
Nvidia's new SLI technology; coupled with motherboards that can use it; allows for 2 to 4 video cards with PCI Express to be used simultaneously, so you may want to do more research on how SLI works before you commit yourself to any one motherboard.
Having four Nvidia Geforce 7900's all linked together on one motherboard would be insanely cool ( actually it would be extremely hot in there and you might need an tornado or a hurricane to keep your boards cool! )
As far as a good online store, I try not to use them because I prefer to return broken goods to brick and mortar outlets. It's not easy for salespeople to squirm out of a deal over busted crapware when you're standing right in their face!
Last edited by Joker; June 22nd, 2006 at 13:36.