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i have a intel 7 series/ c216 chipset... i've looked around for specs and i've found it only supports 8x, it seems all video cards worth looking at are 16x now a days.... my main reason for upgrading is i want to plat world of war planes... currently the onboard intel hd isnt up to the challenge... any suggestions on cards? does 8x support really matter? ( or will a 16x dumb down) any help would be appreciated... also, its a PCI 2.0
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  1. current PCI cards that are 16x do support 8x they just run at a slower speed, when you run sli on some mobos it changes the 16x to 8x for each card
  2. Well the thing is does the slot only Physically allow an 8x Card (in other words its an 8x slot with all 4 sides) or is it an 8x with only 3 sides (The back end open to allow 16x cards) or a 16x Slot running at 8x speed. Whats the exact motherboard? Just because a 7 Series Motherboard is more of a desktop board and the C216 is more of a server motherboard and you say both and not what it really is. They are more like sisters than identical twins.
  3. im not sure what your asking...

    this is what i know:

    its an Acer, model Dx4870-UB316
    its got an i5 3330 running at 3.0ghz
    8gb ram utilizing 2 out of the 4 slots
    i can see 1 PCI slot

    in device manager the only helpful info is:

    intel 7series/ c216
    xeon processor e3 v2/3rd gen core pci root
    intel 82801 pci bridge
    intel b75 express chipset lpc controller

    on the board itself:

    PCIE_X1_1
    Acer inc. IP IMB- AR REV: 1.02A

    most of that isnt usefull im sure, but its all i have...
    hope this helps

    if not, where can i find the exact motherboard?
  4. wait a minute, 8x vs 16x is the length of the card? if thats the case, i am an idiot, and im sorry for waiting your time
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    Well its not JUST the length. Sometimes it will be a 16x length but WIRED for only 8x (16x will still work but at 8x speeds)

    You have a full 16x but can't find out if its wired for only 8x or not.

    Now what i was talking about is sometimes there are slots that 8x and ONLY fit 8x and some that are 8x but can still fit a 16x. Example

    ____________
    |___________|

    8x Only. All 4 sides are present

    ____________
    |____________

    8x Slot but Able to take 16x because the end is open. You don't find too many like that its rare but they do exist.

    But yea you have a 16x. Only thing is how powerful is your PSU and what card you plan on putting in there and if you got enough space.

    Also you can put any Smaller PCIe in a bigger one. A 1x in a 16x ect.
  6. that clarified alot, thank you... as for the power supply, i have a 850w laying around somewhere, if necessary, ill swap out...
    any suggestions on cards? im not looking for a god machine, just something that wont need to be replaced in the next 2 years... i dont play the latest and greatest games either... in fact i mainly game on the 360, but games like world of tanks looks great on pc, plus there are more options... im looking to spend around 200 usd
  7. Well the 750 Ti is a pretty powerful card and you don't need any extra power connectors but you still need at least a 500W PSU. Otherwise for nvidia a 660+ or 750+ are very good cards and can get you decent frame rates at med to high details on most games at the 900p area (My GTX 480 gets me 40+ on most games that i play on high detail at 1920x1200) but i play more older games or not as graphic demanding games.

    as for AMD not sure. I know the 7700 and up are good and then R7/R9 270 and up are good.
  8. spoof85 said:
    that clarified alot, thank you... as for the power supply, i have a 850w laying around somewhere, if necessary, ill swap out...
    any suggestions on cards? im not looking for a god machine, just something that wont need to be replaced in the next 2 years... i dont play the latest and greatest games either... in fact i mainly game on the 360, but games like world of tanks looks great on pc, plus there are more options... im looking to spend around 200 usd


    At around that price you should snatch up a r9 270x, it is a nice step up from either a 750 ti or a gtx 660.

    Since you said you have a 850w laying around anyways.


    Sapphire dual-x r9 270x
  9. thank you guys, the last time i built a monster it was in 92', top-o-the-line was AGP... after its amazing 16 yr life, everything was so overclocked it burned out, got pissed, bought a 500$ quickie... and as expected, is in some need of upgrades... thanks again guys.
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