How can I figure out what kind of graphics card I can put in my Everex gPC2?

by on December 21, 2009

Q: I have a PC that I recently bought that I would like to enhance with a graphics card but I do not know enough about how to pick a card or even what type of expansion slots are built onto my motherboard. I was wondering if you could help me.

I would like to know if you could tell me whether the Everex gPC2 TC2512 VIA C7-D has a PCI (1.0 or 2.0) or a AGP expansion slot to install a GPU. I bought the machine on Newegg it no longer is featured for sale, but it specs can still be found on their site.

I needed a GPU to be able to enhance my ability to work within a CGI program (Blender) that would require graphics acceleration to use it with any effectiveness.

And, if at all possible could you suggest a list of graphic cards that would best fit this type of machine. Or at the very least help this neophyte narrow down the choices from this rather confusing sea of choices.


One Response to “How can I figure out what kind of graphics card I can put in my Everex gPC2?”
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    Here is the deactivating listing from Newegg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883118005

    I’m sorry but this system is really, really low-end. It’s probably nice for hosting files over a network, but if you want to do serious Blender work, judging from their ‘Good Specs for Hardware’ http://www.blender.org/features-gallery/requirements/ this pc isn’t going to do the trick. I’d wager general internet surfing is probably kind of rough as well.

    From what I can gather from the newegg listing, this PC only had PCI slots available. These will not accept AGP or PCI-Express video cards. Any PCI cards that you do find on the market are really going to be total waste of money. PCI hasn’t been the standard for video cards for at least 10 years.

    If you’re serious about CGI work and money is tight, consider just saving your money up for a total system replacement. For $300 to $500 you can find some great starter hardware with 4gigs of Ram, dual core CPUs and Windows 7 included. Toss in a nice PCI-Express Video card and you’ll be good to go.