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Compatibility of PCI 2.0 graphics with motherboard of PCI 1.0

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July 11, 2014 2:42:10 AM

My PC is about 5 year OLD having a Motherboard with PCI 1.0 slot, i have connected a 32 Inch LCD TV as a monitor through VGA Cable, I dont have a HDMI slot in my motherboard, I was wondering if i buy a Graphics card which comes with a HDMI and DVI output slots i can connect the same to my TV.
I was going through some Graphics cards in market, most of them are PCI 2.0 or above, so i was wondering if this is compatible with my PC and if i can use the same.
I was looking at ASUS graphic card : http://www.flipkart.com/asus-nvidia-geforce-en210-silen...
is this card compatible, experts please help me

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July 11, 2014 2:49:11 AM

You can use this graphics card without any problems, all new cards are backwards compatible with PCI-E 2 and 1, as long as you have x16 slot into which the card can fit physically.

EDIT: If you are unsure, this is how x16 PCI-E slot looks like (top blue one on the picture - in your case it might be black or some other color):

http://img.bhs4.com/48/4/4848EB7ECC32C93377C41ADA686252...
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July 11, 2014 3:03:35 AM

Thanks for the Quick reply Herrwizo, i will look at the image and compare it with the slot on my motherboard, if its a fit i will buy and try, thanks for the help :) 

herrwizo said:
You can use this graphics card without any problems, all new cards are backwards compatible with PCI-E 2 and 1, as long as you have x16 slot into which the card can fit physically.

EDIT: If you are unsure, this is how x16 PCI-E slot looks like (top blue one on the picture - in your case it might be black or some other color):

http://img.bhs4.com/48/4/4848EB7ECC32C93377C41ADA686252...


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July 11, 2014 3:06:29 AM

It should fit no problem. Just make sure you install the drivers for your new card in windows. Later you can disable your integrated graphics you were using until now (in BIOS), as it will just keep consuming resources (like RAM) although not being used.
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July 11, 2014 3:09:59 AM

PCIe 2.0 cards are backward compatible upto PCIe 1.1 but not PCIe 1.0
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July 11, 2014 3:15:31 AM

Correct, sir, but the OP is using a 5-year old rig, and PCI-E 1.1 was introduced back in 2005. He is perfectly safe.
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July 11, 2014 3:18:44 AM

He needs to specify his motherboard
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July 11, 2014 3:25:14 AM

I have a Intel based - GIgabyte 945 Series motherboard, looking at the specifications in the net i guess there is a PCI-E slot, i guess i have to open the cabinet and check once to be sure :) 
chimera201 said:
He needs to specify his motherboard


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