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Which MB to upgrade to from MSI G41M-P33 combo (need to keep 775 compatible/cpu & costs down)

Up unitl today, I've just been using the onboard graphics chip. But I really need a little more power.

I want to put in a PCI 3 video card for better graphics - but the existing MB is only PCI Gen 1.

What M-ATX motherboard should I consider upgrading/swapping to in order to minimize my costs (keep existing 775 cpu & ram, etc).

Thanks for all genuine help!
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    PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible to old gen (PCI Express Bus SPEC V1.0 compliant).
    So you dont have to change your mobo in order to use a new gen PCIe 3.0 graphics card.

    GTX650/ti or 7770 can give you good performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.
    GTX660 or 7850 will give you excellent performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.
  2. Yea. I was hoping for a newer MB for PCI 3.0 support but I see that is not possible. Is a MSI GT 640 video card decent? I don't need the highest end video, only do a little gaming. Thank you.
  3. juanjostorreshernndez said:
    PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible to old gen (PCI Express Bus SPEC V1.0 compliant).
    So you dont have to change your mobo in order to use a new gen PCIe 3.0 graphics card.

    GTX650/ti or 7770 can give you good performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.
    GTX660 or 7850 will give you excellent performance at 1920 x 1200 in most games.



    Yea. I was hoping for a newer MB for PCI 3.0 support but I see that is not possible. Is a 2 gb MSI GT 640 video card decent? I don't need the highest end video, only do a little gaming. Thank you.
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