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June 16, 2014 5:21:55 PM

I want to know if the PCI-E 2.1 and 3.0 video cards are compatable with my Mother Board. Total system specs are below.


ASUS M4A87TD EVO
AMD Phenom II X6 1100BE 3.3ghz
16GB G.SKILL DDR3 1333
SAMSUNG 830 Series SSD 2.5" 256GB SATA ,OS etc...
WD 1.5TB 7200rpm, Downloads & photos & videos
ASUS HD6950 2GB MOD to 6970
PIONEER BDC-202 BD-ROM
NZXT HALE90-850-M PSU
NZXT M-59 Case
BOSE Companion® 5 speaker system
Windows 7 Professional 64bit
WINDOWS EXPERIENCE INDEX : 7.5
June 16, 2014 5:42:10 PM

GPUs are backwards compatible so any card will be fine in your PCI-e 2.0 slot.
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June 16, 2014 5:45:18 PM

the 1 you have is decent enough for todays games. no it wont max out every game but your still looking at medium high settings on most.
to be honest if you wanted to go with a stronger card you would likely need a new build as your already at the point of bottlenecking anything stronger due to the limited single threaded performance of the cpu.
im not trying to be bias mate but if you were to throw a r9 280x or better at it theres a good chance you wouldnt see much in the way of a perfomance increase over what you already have compared to using the same card in an fx 8350 or i5 4xxxk build.
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June 16, 2014 5:57:13 PM

HEXiT said:
the 1 you have is decent enough for todays games. no it wont max out every game but your still looking at medium high settings on most.
to be honest if you wanted to go with a stronger card you would likely need a new build as your already at the point of bottlenecking anything stronger due to the limited single threaded performance of the cpu.
im not trying to be bias mate but if you were to throw a r9 280x or better at it theres a good chance you wouldnt see much in the way of a perfomance increase over what you already have compared to using the same card in an fx 8350 or i5 4xxxk build.


The Phenom II x6 1100T is still a very good 6 core CPU - it would not bottleneck a 280X. He's not asking if his system is decent anyway he's asking if today's GPUs will work in a PCI-e 2.0 slot.
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June 16, 2014 6:47:12 PM

HEXiT -Leemon is right , that's what I asked for, however, if we were talking ,what you said would have answered my next question. I do appreciate you willingness to go out on a limb and give me some good natured advice. I am just looking for a bit of tweaking to do, I was about to order a good card out of boredom. I built this system and I'm hankering to do another. This time it will be an INTEL i5 or i7 for sure. I try to keep my rigs as much under a grand as possible. That's getting harder and harder to do when a good vid card costs $400 plus !How do you pros feel about reusing components , like power supplies and RAM ? Are any of mine obvious fits with an INTEL rig ? PS wouldn't matter much...its been 2 years or so since I built this, maybe more. gotta look. You are right, My rig does fine, I don't game like I used to. I still love STALKER SOC &(Lost Alpha MOD) which is graphics hungry...but I still like to own a powerful rig. I have always built AMD, its time I tried an INTEL rig. Thank you for your thoughts. :-)

HEXiT said:
the 1 you have is decent enough for todays games. no it wont max out every game but your still looking at medium high settings on most.
to be honest if you wanted to go with a stronger card you would likely need a new build as your already at the point of bottlenecking anything stronger due to the limited single threaded performance of the cpu.
im not trying to be bias mate but if you were to throw a r9 280x or better at it theres a good chance you wouldnt see much in the way of a perfomance increase over what you already have compared to using the same card in an fx 8350 or i5 4xxxk build.


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June 16, 2014 7:01:05 PM

Thank you for your help ! I think I heard this before somewhere, but it doesn't sound right, something working to our benefit. Anyways...Thank you so much !


Leemon said:
GPUs are backwards compatible so any card will be fine in your PCI-e 2.0 slot.


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June 16, 2014 7:52:28 PM

Leemon said:
HEXiT said:
the 1 you have is decent enough for todays games. no it wont max out every game but your still looking at medium high settings on most.
to be honest if you wanted to go with a stronger card you would likely need a new build as your already at the point of bottlenecking anything stronger due to the limited single threaded performance of the cpu.
im not trying to be bias mate but if you were to throw a r9 280x or better at it theres a good chance you wouldnt see much in the way of a perfomance increase over what you already have compared to using the same card in an fx 8350 or i5 4xxxk build.


The Phenom II x6 1100T is still a very good 6 core CPU - it would not bottleneck a 280X. He's not asking if his system is decent anyway he's asking if today's GPUs will work in a PCI-e 2.0 slot.


i understood his question and i ignored it in favor of giving my opinion that its not worht the money to upgrade as he would have to spend at least 200 to get better than what he already has. money i think would be wasted as there would be little in the way of performance gains.

on bf4 for instance
with a turban core you get between 40 and 70+ fps on ultra
the same card with an fx 8350 gives 50-80+ at the same settings.
so while its not a huge difference there is a difference.
your still not getting all the performance your paying for.
so IMO its not worth it. even if the cards are backwards compatible...
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June 17, 2014 4:34:43 PM

HEXiT said:
Leemon said:
HEXiT said:
the 1 you have is decent enough for todays games. no it wont max out every game but your still looking at medium high settings on most.
to be honest if you wanted to go with a stronger card you would likely need a new build as your already at the point of bottlenecking anything stronger due to the limited single threaded performance of the cpu.
im not trying to be bias mate but if you were to throw a r9 280x or better at it theres a good chance you wouldnt see much in the way of a perfomance increase over what you already have compared to using the same card in an fx 8350 or i5 4xxxk build.


The Phenom II x6 1100T is still a very good 6 core CPU - it would not bottleneck a 280X. He's not asking if his system is decent anyway he's asking if today's GPUs will work in a PCI-e 2.0 slot.


i understood his question and i ignored it in favor of giving my opinion that its not worht the money to upgrade as he would have to spend at least 200 to get better than what he already has. money i think would be wasted as there would be little in the way of performance gains.

on bf4 for instance
with a turban core you get between 40 and 70+ fps on ultra
the same card with an fx 8350 gives 50-80+ at the same settings.
so while its not a huge difference there is a difference.
your still not getting all the performance your paying for.
so IMO its not worth it. even if the cards are backwards compatible...


I appreciate the clarification my friend . I see your point and after a bit of lucid thought, I believe I will wait and build an Intel rig.

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