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I am thinking to buy PowerColor AMD/ATI Radeon HD5450 Graphics card because i am not able to smoothly play HD videos as well as game. I don't want to upgrade the machine cause it work well n performance is good.

PC Hardware :- Motherboard : Intel 915 Gvwb RAM : 1Gb DDR Processor : Intel 2.6 Ghz

Does this card support's my pc hardware? This card is 64 bit and DDR3. And my RAM is DDR i have PCI slot where i can plug the TV tuner. Does this card will fit into same? or PCI-E is needed? Does my board have it? Please help.

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Run CPU-Z or other tools and look for the complete Motherboard name. 915 is only the chipset name. The 915 was the first to support PCIe.But I think it makes no sense. Your hardware is too old. Buy an AMD system with a Trinity APU (CPU+GPU). – magicandre1981 Dec 29 '12 at 8:54
    
If your motherboard doesn't have a PCI-E slot, you can forget about buying this card. – WeloSefer Dec 29 '12 at 8:55
    
@magicandre1981 - i think adding a Graphic card will solve at least hd video playback issue cause mostly now videos are 720p. – Vivek Muthal Dec 29 '12 at 9:03
    
@WeloSefer it has PCI-E slot – Vivek Muthal Dec 29 '12 at 9:04
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Have you figured out which motherboard yo use? – magicandre1981 Dec 29 '12 at 21:06
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The intel 915GVWB motherboard only supports PCIe x1 (see figure 1 on page 11), and so you CAN'T install a PCIe graphic card into it. They ll require a PCIe x16 slot.

Buy a new system with an AMD Trinity (which includes a GPU inside the CPU), 4GB RAM (which is cheap today) and you have a system which is ok for watching HD videos.

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Minor point - if its an open backed slot, or by using a extender which may need some minor mods, you can put a PCIe card into a 1x slot - there's some examples here - Apparently PCIe goes down to lower modes gracefully, even If I don't suggest the extreme step of card surgery. Its a horrible idea (unless the board has an open backed slot, and this is an interim measure - in which case it might work), but it may be possible – Journeyman Geek Dec 31 '12 at 7:24
    
@JourneymanGeek Impressed by your comment it seems a cool idea to try out, i'll surely try this only when i am sure that i dont need my machine anymore. :) Thanks i never thought people do such RND in hardware also. Great job man. Nice To meet you. :) – Vivek Muthal Dec 31 '12 at 11:44

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