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Upgrading from GXT550ti to GTX660ti 2gb... motherboard compliant?

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July 3, 2013 8:57:53 PM

Hi people.

So I've read a lot of threads about upgrading a video card and PCIe on motherboards, however I found conflicting information about if my motherboard is PCIe 1.0 or 2.0. My understanding is it's 1.0 that's why I bought a GTX 550ti because it was backward compliant to 1.0. I may be wrong as it was awhile ago.

My mother board is on a HP p6774y (N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix) motherboard). Can someone please clarify the specs if it's 1.0 or 2.0 and/or if a GTX 660ti 2gb SC will work on this motherboard. I've read the specs of this motherboard and all it states is PCIE x16.

I have the 8GB Ram and a 550watt power supply as well so that's not an issue.
Or perhaps suggest a Graphics card around the $200 range. That Asus, Zotac or MSI GTX 660 Ti 2gb sc on Newegg includes a copy of Metro Last light as well. Might as well get a free game right.

Enjoy your 4th everyone and Thanks for taking the time if you read this.
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July 3, 2013 9:05:19 PM

If it is pcie 1 the 660 ti will work, but not to its full potential. It is a 3rd generation card in a 1st generation slot. It is "backwards" compatible.
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July 3, 2013 9:05:25 PM

The PCI-e 2.0 standard was released back in 2007. Therefore, by 2010, all motherboards should be 2.0 compliant. In fact, the ATI HD 5000 series and the GTX 400 series are all PCI-E 2.0 compliant video cards. I say it's 2010 because that's when your Phenom II X4 840T came out (is this your proc? Go to CPU-Z and confirm) I wouldn't pair a 660Ti with a lowly proc. Otherwise, something like a 650Ti Boost or 660 will work out nicely and still give you increased framerates. Hope this helps!
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July 3, 2013 9:17:39 PM

Yeah , basch99 is right , Get a GTX 650Ti Boost or a HD7870XT if you want games ( fits in budget too ) But first make sure your PSU can handle this well , heres my guide for list of recommended PSU's -
PSU guide
Also make sure you have a good enough CPU , confirm by the System Properties in Windows 7 or run CPU-Z to identify. If its a dual core Phenom II , sorry , you may need to upgrade the CPU first , If its a quad core no worries :) 
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July 3, 2013 9:44:00 PM

ur6beersaway said:
If it is pcie 1 the 660 ti will work, but not to its full potential. It is a 3rd generation card in a 1st generation slot. It is "backwards" compatible.


basch99 said:
The PCI-e 2.0 standard was released back in 2007. Therefore, by 2010, all motherboards should be 2.0 compliant. In fact, the ATI HD 5000 series and the GTX 400 series are all PCI-E 2.0 compliant video cards. I say it's 2010 because that's when your Phenom II X4 840T came out (is this your proc? Go to CPU-Z and confirm) I wouldn't pair a 660Ti with a lowly proc. Otherwise, something like a 650Ti Boost or 660 will work out nicely and still give you increased framerates. Hope this helps!


CommentariesAnd More said:
Yeah , basch99 is right , Get a GTX 650Ti Boost or a HD7870XT if you want games ( fits in budget too ) But first make sure your PSU can handle this well , heres my guide for list of recommended PSU's -
PSU guide
Also make sure you have a good enough CPU , confirm by the System Properties in Windows 7 or run CPU-Z to identify. If its a dual core Phenom II , sorry , you may need to upgrade the CPU first , If its a quad core no worries :) 


Thank you basch99 and commentariesandmore. It's a Phenom II X4 840T quad. I picked up the GTX 650Ti 2gb sc earlier today and was looking at the frame rate and benchmarking reviews also a few videos on youtube earlier and saw a comparison with a GTX650 and GTX660 and thought...wait it's around the same price with Metro light but then looked at the specs of the card and was wondering if it would work. I'm going to stick with the GTX650 then until I upgrade everything.

Thanks again...

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