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March 13, 2014 10:24:30 AM

Current hardware:

Asus P6TD mobo (PCIe 2.0) (does support SLI)
XFX Radeon HD 5860
24gb corsair ram
i7 960 3.2Ghz



Looking to upgrade my graphics card to play some of the newer games a little better. (See star citizen) and my budget is $200-$300

Advice would be great. Thanks!

Would prefer it to be a ATI card, and it HAS to have duel monitor out. (DVI is fine)

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March 13, 2014 10:45:11 AM

Doesn't look like there are alot of options for PCIe 2.0, could I put a 3.0 card in it? what are the effects?
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March 13, 2014 10:49:29 AM

A 3.0 card will work fine in a 2.0 socket. A 2.0 card will work in a 3.0 socket. It just defaults to the lower speed. As for a card, either a gtx 760, or see if you could find a gtx770 on sale.
I prefer nvidia to AMD as they update thier drivers all the time and they generally run cooler
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March 13, 2014 10:50:41 AM

I think a GTX 770 would be your best choice. The AMD cards are horrible value right now because of the bitcoin inflation. You should double check about the duel monitor, but I'm pretty sure the GTX 770 will support it.
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March 13, 2014 10:53:48 AM

GTX 760 and there is no issue putting a pcie 3 card on 2.0 slot
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March 13, 2014 10:54:04 AM

Would I run into any issues with having used a AMD card for so long, and then switching to Nvidia?

(obviously I would uninstall drivers and install the correct ones, but I know some games configure for what card your running)
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March 13, 2014 10:58:08 AM

If I did put a pcie 3.0 into a 2.0 port would my mobo be a bottleneck? Don't want to spend a few hundred if the mobo is to old to handle it.
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March 13, 2014 11:05:32 AM

Dewm said:
Would I run into any issues with having used a AMD card for so long, and then switching to Nvidia?

(obviously I would uninstall drivers and install the correct ones, but I know some games configure for what card your running)


If I did put a pcie 3.0 into a 2.0 port would my mobo be a bottleneck? Don't want to spend a few hundred if the mobo is to old to handle it.


No issues with switching to nvidia and no noticeable difference in performance with PCI-E.

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