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Best graphics card under $200 that can fit my old motherboard?

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March 5, 2014 3:48:20 AM

Can someone lead me to the best budget graphics card under $200 on Newegg?

I have this motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is my current Graphics card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I need the most powerful/reliable graphics card that my old motherboard can handle under $200.

Thanks, guys. This is the best forum on the internet.
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March 5, 2014 3:52:08 AM

What processor and power supply do you have?
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March 5, 2014 3:59:24 AM

ak47jar3d said:
What processor and power supply do you have?


AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor. But I am trying to find a AMD Phenom II X4 965 on Ebay. For PSU, I have a 350 Watt Sparkle. I am upgrading to Corsair HX-650 Watt.

So, in short, When I buy the graphics card, I will be buying the AMD Phenom X4 965 and Corsair 650-Watt PSU.
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March 5, 2014 4:39:00 AM

The card will not be bottle necked by the PCIe 2.0, Even high end PCIe 3.0 cards receive minimal bottlenecks fwhen used on a PCIe 2.0 bus. There aren't any PCIe 2.0 cards anymore except very low end cards that are not meant for gaming. What will bottleneck this card though is probably your CPU.
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March 5, 2014 4:46:49 AM

AnEwG said:
The card will not be bottle necked by the PCIe 2.0, Even high end PCIe 3.0 cards receive minimal bottlenecks fwhen used on a PCIe 2.0 bus. There aren't any PCIe 2.0 cards anymore except very low end cards that are not meant for gaming. What will bottleneck this card though is probably your CPU.


So if I buy a PCI Express 3.0 card, on a PCI Express 2.0 motherboard, the performance of the PCI Express 3.0 card will be better if my CPU is better?
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March 5, 2014 4:52:51 AM

As long as it is PCIe 2.0 x16 it will be OK and there won't be a difference in performance. The problem is your CPU is quite old and could bottleneck the card. If you can get a Phenom II X4 or X6 you will be good to go.
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March 5, 2014 5:01:00 AM

AnEwG said:
As long as it is PCIe 2.0 x16 it will be OK and there won't be a difference in performance. The problem is your CPU is quite old and could bottleneck the card. If you can get a Phenom II X4 or X6 you will be good to go.



Ok, in layman's terms: PCI Express 3.0 is backwards compatible with my motherboard's 2.0 x16 requirements. And the better the CPU on my motherboard, the better the graphics card will run.
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March 5, 2014 5:02:33 AM

Yes, pretty much.
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