December 24, 2004
Dear CNET members,
Happy holidays, everyone! Thank you to those who e-mailed me last week with feedback on the DVD-format topic; it truly gave me a sense of what was on your minds. Now, let's move ahead and tackle Young's question on installing graphic and audio cards into PCs with integrated components. This week, I received a whole lot of great submissions. And given that there are so many off-the-shelf PC manufacturers, you can't really get a clear-cut answer to this hardware procedure without learning more about the machine itself. However, with the winning answer by Mark, the honorable mentions, and other incredible contributions from our members, I think we have a good start on tackling this question. So read it, talk about it, and let's solve it--together! Thanks everyone! (Note: I will be taking a week off for the holiday festivities. I'll miss you in the next week, but I'll send you more newsletters after New Year's.)
Member Question of the WeekThese days, average-priced desktops often come with integrated graphics and audio on the motherboard. Can you please tell us how to install a graphics card and an audio card on a desktop that has these integrated components already? Thank you very much.
Submitted by: Young A.Well, the answer is somewhat simple, but there a few questions that would need to be answered about your system first. Most motherboards that have integrated video do not have an AGP (Advanced Graphics Port) slot, which is necessary for the latest and greatest video cards. This slot is usually short and dark brown in color and is closer to the middle of the PC. Most machines will have a couple of PCI slots available that are beige and longer than the AGP slots, and where there can only be...
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