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Greetings, my old graphic card died just today and I have a few questions before I buy a new one.

I'm thinking of getting a ''EVGA GeForce GTX 770 Dual SC w/ EVGA ACX Cooler - Superclocked Edition - GF GTX 770 - 4 GB ''. I got a 850w powersupply, which I gather is enough, but I don't know if it will fit in my motherboard, don't really know how all that stuff works, I have a ''SABERTOOTH P67 Sandy Bridge B3'', on the card I'm thinking of buying it says Bus Type PCI Express 3.0 x16 and looking at my motherboards specifications online it says it has
PCI Express 2.0 x16.

Now my question is, will I need a new motherboard aswell or do PCI express 3 bus types fit in PCI express 2?

Sorry for my bad english, i'm from a country where english isn't thought in schools.
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  1. specific cpu and psu you have!? pci x16 2.0 wont be a bottleneck to any current gpu!
  2. Best answer
    There is NO compatability issue plugging in a PCIe 3.0 video card into a PCIe 2.0 motherboard. No need for a new MB.

    The PSU should be enough to power the card with ease.
  3. it will work but I must say that the 4gb 770 is not worth the money. at the usual price point you could get a 290 for less money which has 3 gb memory and better performance, or if you insist on nvidia the 780 isnt very much more which will again give better performance (although not as much as the 290) and 3 gb of memory
  4. yes it will fit. performance loss won't be noticeable from putting a PCIE 3.0 card in a 2.0 slot. So don't worry. though if you want to know if it will fit, we need to know which case you have.

    This cards is 10.5 inches long. so it should fit in any case but just to be sure send us you care model or take a rule and measure is yourself.
  5. 1) You could run your entire system off a good 550w power supply without any problems. Make sure that your 850w power supply is of good quality, rather than being a cheap power supply shaped object.

    2) DO NOT buy that card. There is no reason to get a card with 4GB of VRAM unless you're using a huge resolution monitor or are gaming on triple screens. Get the Superclocked 2GB card and save they money.

    3) Yes, PCIe 3.0 is backwards compatible with PCIe 2.0 and 1.1. You'll be able to use that card just fine. :)
  6. Jameson Clark said:
    it will work but I must say that the 4gb 770 is not worth the money. at the usual price point you could get a 290 for less money which has 3 gb memory and better performance, or if you insist on nvidia the 780 isnt very much more which will again give better performance (although not as much as the 290) and 3 gb of memory


    ...erm, no. Just no. The 290 does not perform better than a 780, even if it's watercooled and thus not hampered by how hot it runs.

    I agree that with prices sitting where they are right now, the 290 is a nice option, just straight performance/dollar wise, but the fact that it runs significantly hotter and thus louder is a turn off to a lot of us.
  7. DarkSable said:
    Jameson Clark said:
    it will work but I must say that the 4gb 770 is not worth the money. at the usual price point you could get a 290 for less money which has 3 gb memory and better performance, or if you insist on nvidia the 780 isnt very much more which will again give better performance (although not as much as the 290) and 3 gb of memory


    ...erm, no. Just no. The 290 does not perform better than a 780, even if it's watercooled and thus not hampered by how hot it runs.

    I agree that with prices sitting where they are right now, the 290 is a nice option, just straight performance/dollar wise, but the fact that it runs significantly hotter and thus louder is a turn off to a lot of us.


    you are wrong that it does not perform better, not that I'm, saying its better across the board.
    http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/1068?vs=1036

    Also while yes it does use more power and heat the third party cooling solutions have basically solved the noise and overheating issues that plagued them at launch.
  8. Ok, thanks a lot for the answers.

    My cpu is a Intel Core i7 2600 3.40 Ghz, my powersupply is a SilverStone ST85F-P 850W and my case is a Antec Nine Hundred Two Midi Tower.

    But ye, I'm not set on a graphics card yet, will keep looking around and see what I find, if anyone has an suggestions I would welcome them. looking for something in the under 400dollars range.
  9. Impotentgamer said:
    Ok, thanks a lot for the answers.

    My cpu is a Intel Core i7 2600 3.40 Ghz, my powersupply is a SilverStone ST85F-P 850W and my case is a Antec Nine Hundred Two Midi Tower.

    But ye, I'm not set on a graphics card yet, will keep looking around and see what I find, if anyone has an suggestions I would welcome them. looking for something in the under 400dollars range.


    capable cpu, more than enough psu how about this one!?

    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/VcHKqs/by_merchant/
    Video Card: Asus Radeon R9 290 4GB DirectCU II Video Card ($379.00 @ Newegg)
    Total: $379.00
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-08-13 15:51 EDT-0400
  10. Thanks for the reply, i might get that one or a ''ASUS GeForce GTX 780 OC - 3GB GDDR5'', the price difference is about 15dollars(doesn't really matter:p) from the store i am gonna buy my card, and I kinda want a Geforce card since I'm planing on getting a Gsync monitor in a couple of months time.
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