Upgrading graphics card, pci-e 1.0

Ok, this is what I'm currently running.

cpu-c2d e6300
mobo- Asus P5B-E
ram- 2g Gskill ddr2-800
hdd- 250gb 7200rpm sata 3.0Gb/s
Vid card- 7600gt
psu- Raidmax 500w

Now, I want to get a new video card but my motherboard doesn't support pci-e 2.0. What options would be my best? I have around 250$ to spend on the card, I don't have vista but I was thinking about picking it up to run dx10.

Any help would be appreciated.
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  1. PCI-E 2.0 graphic cards are backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0 graphic card slots. Get an 8800GT or HD3870.

    -Wolf sends
  2. Thanks man, how badly do you think my cpu will bottleneck those cards? I've got around 500 to spend but I didn't want to do too much on the video card considering my cpu is not the strongest of the bunch. It is the conroe though. Should I bump up my cpu as well, or would just splurging on the vid card be best bang for buck?
  3. I'd actually be more concerned about the power supply. Get the new card and hold on to what's left in case the power supply needs to be replaced.

    -Wolf sends
  4. It will run on your motherboard.
    I just bought an 8800 gt and I have it running with my 3 year old P4.
    As Wolfshadw said, just replace your PS if needed.
    I had to replace mine to be able to run this card. I have an Antec 500w.
  5. With an 8800GT in your system, spume, you need a power supply with 20-21 amps on the 12v rails. Please look at the label on the PSU.
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