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Need new Motherboard. Help please.

My motherboard is an AsRock M3A770DE. I have an AMD Phenom ii X4 955 Black Edition, 4 x4 gb RAM, and a GeForce GTX 550 Ti.

I want to upgrade the GPU, something like 2gb GDDR5. so it would have to be a PCI 3.0 right? But I can't find any motherboards compatible with my CPU, because it's AM3...

Any help would be great.
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    PCIe is backwards compatible - you can put a PCIe3.0 GPU on your PCIe 2.0 board.

    Also, you can stick an AM3 chip in an AM3+ socket, but not the other way around.
  2. Someone Somewhere said:
    PCIe is backwards compatible - you can put a PCIe3.0 GPU on your PCIe 2.0 board.


    So, I just saved a lot of money then, right? I don't have to buy a new motherboard at all then. I just get a new GPU and it should slip right in?
  3. Pretty much.

    I'd check the power supply is decent, though.
  4. Someone Somewhere said:
    Pretty much.

    I'd check the power supply is decent, though.


    Motherboard: ASrock M3A770DE
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2 GHz(Black Edition)
    Cooler: Noctua NH-D14
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1gb DDR5
    RAM: 4x 4gb Viper Extreme
    PSU: Cooler Master RS-700
    Fans: x2 Corsair SP120 Performance / x2 Corsair SP120 Quiet Edition
    SSD: Samsung 830 128gb
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912

    That's what i got right now. trying to upgrade that GPU, this should be a fine build tho? I don't want to go over $180 if necessary on a GPU.
  5. The CM Extreme Power Plus series really aren't what I'd go for... but they might be OK if you don't use more than ~2/3 of the output power.

    What's your budget in Rs for the GPU?
  6. Someone Somewhere said:
    The CM Extreme Power Plus series really aren't what I'd go for... but they might be OK if you don't use more than ~2/3 of the output power.

    What's your budget in Rs for the GPU?


    I'm not sure what Rs is, Rupees maybe? I'm thinking about getting an MSI R9 270. It's around $179.99 US.
  7. Urgh. Somehow I mixed this up with another thread.

    For $180, I'd look at this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/club-3d-video-card-cgaxr927x614
  8. Someone Somewhere said:
    Urgh. Somehow I mixed this up with another thread.

    For $180, I'd look at this: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/club-3d-video-card-cgaxr927x614


    Hehe. Its fine. The one I had in mine was the MSI R9 270.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127769

    I'm looking for something cooler and quieter than my 550 ti. And I've read the reviews and compared to other cards around the same price. I say it's a good buy, pretty much the same as the 270x except I got to manually OC it. No big deal though.

    What do you think?
  9. Yep, sounds fine.
  10. Someone Somewhere said:
    Yep, sounds fine.


    Alright. Thanks a lot. I probably would've ended up buying more than I had to.

    Great save :)
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