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Old 11-17-2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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hey so I know how to press the on button thats about it......

rigth now im running

intel quad q6600 @2.40ghz
4gb memeory
vista 32
nvidia geforce 8500 gt

SO.............. !


I wanna upgrade my graph card but there is this thing called PCI Express 2.0 !!

I was looking to get a 9600 GT 512MB or GeForce 9800gx2

but I dont know if my motherboard will work with this PCI Express 2.0 !

any ideas guys ?

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Old 11-17-2008, 10:38 AM   #2
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They are usually backwards compatable, if it's not a 2.0, the car runs at pci express 1.0.


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Old 11-17-2008, 10:42 AM   #3
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ahh cool so it doesnt matter ? I can get iether of those cards ? and thanks for fast reply dude

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Old 11-17-2008, 11:03 AM   #4
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Well, you really need to know what motherboard you´re using.

You have to check you have the correct cables from your powersupply (i think 9800GTX uses two 6pin cables but i´m not sure).

Also check that your powersupply can give you enough juice to handle a new graphic-card since they use more power than your old one.

And finaly..make sure you have enough room in your case. The 9800GTX is huge

Good luck.

Ps I had a 8500GT and upgraded to XFX GeForce 9800GTX... And i´m very happy.


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Old 11-17-2008, 11:37 AM   #5
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Well, you really need to know what motherboard you´re using.

You have to check you have the correct cables from your powersupply (i think 9800GTX uses two 6pin cables but i´m not sure).

Also check that your powersupply can give you enough juice to handle a new graphic-card since they use more power than your old one.

And finaly..make sure you have enough room in your case. The 9800GTX is huge

Good luck.

Ps I had a 8500GT and upgraded to XFX GeForce 9800GTX... And i´m very happy.

yea thanks I have a 640w psu so that should be ok I think, and i got loads of room

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Old 11-17-2008, 11:57 PM   #6
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You will only have a PCI2.0 if you have a new P45 motherboard, and those have been out since June or so. But it doesn't matter, as all current PCI-E cards will work in your motherboard, 1 or 2.0.

Best cards to look at right now are

Nvidia:
9800GTX
260GTX (make sure it is one with 216 shader core)

ATI
4850
4870 (and if you can afford a 4870 with 1 gig of memory, that is really good if you play at a high rez, but you didn't mention what size monitor you have)

If you need help picking one, let us know what your budget is, and what rez you play at. Also it would be a big help if you know exactly what PSU you have. That way we will know to look for a card that comes with the power cables you need if you don't have them already.


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Old 11-18-2008, 01:23 AM   #7
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I also run a q6600 with 4gb under vista32. A while ago I decided to upgrade my graphics card also, but my motherboard was still AGP, I opted for a SLI compatible(lets you run 2 graphics cards) and got 2 8800Ultras. Very nice cards, for the resolution i run at(1920x1200) it had the best results for the money. Don't judge the card but the number(ie. 8800,9800,8500) alone, my ultra is better then some with higher numbers. Toms hardware has some nice charts to show you performance in different games with different settings.

Benchmarks Gaming Graphics Charts Q3/2008

If your going to be getting an expensive graphics card, you really should get a PCIe 2.0 motherboard, even though it will still work with pcie1.0 it won't be giving you the same performance. It's like putting the lowest octane gas into a ferrari, sure it still goes extremely fast, but if your spending that money to get the best, you might as well run it at top performance.
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Old 11-18-2008, 07:04 AM   #8
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I knew I should have waited but im impatient like that

I picked up this one

Asus GeForce 9600 GT 512MB GDDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI

was pretty cheap on ebay new... I probably should have gone with 9800GTX but I didnt wanna spend more than 100 bucks


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Old 11-18-2008, 08:57 AM   #9
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I also run a q6600 with 4gb under vista32. A while ago I decided to upgrade my graphics card also, but my motherboard was still AGP...

LOL, they actually still made motherboards with AGP for S775?


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Old 11-18-2008, 11:30 AM   #10
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Yep, ASRock, I was running a quad core with a radeon 3850 AGP. Good machine, but the motherboard was causing some crashing. I guess it was getting old.
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