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December 22, 2013 1:21:34 AM

So.. i am pretty helpless when it comes to computer parts etc. but i'd like to learn more and i have this problem that at the moment i have the MSI P45 Neo motherboard and nVidia GTS 250 graphics card. It's getting pretty old and i would like to buy a new better one for gaming. So here comes my problem.. My motherboard has a PCI-E 2.0 slot for gpu and what i've read, all the newer and better graphics cards use PCI-E 3.0 slots and i don't have one of those in my mobo and i wouldnt like to buy a new mobo at the same time. So in conclusion, can i install a PCI-E 3.0 gpu to a PCI-E 2.0 slot? And if it does work, will it work a lot worse in the 2.0 slot than 3.0 slot?
Hope someone smarter can help me :p 

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December 22, 2013 1:24:52 AM

you can get a quality motherboard for 75$ i would just do that
December 22, 2013 1:30:16 AM

Midphantom10 said:
you can get a quality motherboard for 75$ i would just do that

But then i would have to upgrade/ get ALL new parts (like whole new computer) because my rig is kinda old. Because if i would get a new mobo i would have to get a new processor, gpu etc. too since i have a Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 and that wont work in the newer mobos or?

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December 22, 2013 1:38:18 AM

its not a good idea to put a new graphics card in a older system anyway. So you should just save untill you have enough for a whole new system because you will probably save money in the long run you know?
December 22, 2013 1:42:33 AM

Midphantom10 said:
its not a good idea to put a new graphics card in a older system anyway. So you should just save untill you have enough for a whole new system because you will probably save money in the long run you know?

yeah well i have only 600€ at the moment :/ 

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December 22, 2013 1:47:04 AM
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You won't have any problem with a pcie 3.0 card on 2.0 slot. The performance won't be as good as 3.0 but you'll get the performance upto 2.0 which is actually good if used to the fullest. It depends upon which card you're going to buy. Too high end a card and your pc will start bottlenecking it.
December 22, 2013 1:49:04 AM

Then wait untill you have another 2 or 300
December 22, 2013 1:55:20 AM

Presler said:
You won't have any problem with a pcie 3.0 card on 2.0 slot. The performance won't be as good as 3.0 but you'll get the performance upto 2.0 which is actually good if used to the fullest. It depends upon which card you're going to buy. Too high end a card and your pc will start bottlenecking it.

Thanks, that's what i wanted to hear!:)  Could you recommend some graphics card that is pretty good for gaming for this mobo but not too pricy? I think the MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB is not good enough for today's games? I think i should buy better than that? I am really not good when it comes to computer parts so im just guessing that GTX 660 2GB is not good enough since its that cheap :lol: 
a b U Graphics card
December 22, 2013 2:40:17 AM

GTX 660 is good enough to play almost any game at 1080p at medium to ultra settings.
December 22, 2013 3:55:38 AM

Presler said:
GTX 660 is good enough to play almost any game at 1080p at medium to ultra settings.

So would it be too high end or just perfect ?:p 
December 22, 2013 3:58:33 AM

3.0 and 2.0 has very little difference

try for 760, or 660ti if you want to play on high settings
December 22, 2013 4:09:03 AM

bishopi5 said:
3.0 and 2.0 has very little difference

try for 760, or 660ti if you want to play on high settings


Ok thanks, i just tought at first that 3.0 wont fit to a 2.0 pci-e :ange:  Yeah, ill get right away to work and search for a good gpu :love: 
December 22, 2013 4:35:50 AM

it will fit mate, 660 is a great card, but at 1080p unless you want to turn many games down to medium, you'll be missing out !!! try aim for a 760, maybe even a 670.
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December 22, 2013 10:35:22 PM

Till 660 ti will be fine for your configuration. Above that may be too high end for your config that it may not even run properly.
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