Can I use PCI-Express 2.0?

Hi I'm new to this forum and I am thinking about buying a 9600GT or a 8800GTS 320mb.

The thing I am wondering is that the 9600GT is PCI-E 2.0 and my motherboard is kind of old (Emachines T6212) and when I bought it said it was just PCI-E. Will I even be able to use a 9600GT with my computer?
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  1. Quitoman said:
    Will I even be able to use a 9600GT with my computer?

    Yes you can, although your PSU may (or may not) be of greater concern.
  2. ok thats good that I can use it. Is my system going to be taking advantage of PCIE 2.0 or is it going to run like PCIE 1.0? also which card is better: 9600GT or 8800GTS 320mb OC?
  3. I don't think you will be able to tell the differance between 1.0 and 2.0. Unless your a benchmarkaholic.
  4. It will run like PCI-E 1.0, but there won't be much, if any, performance difference. The 9600GT is better. Like Mousemonkey said though, your power supply may be of some concern.
  5. Quitoman said:
    Is my system going to be taking advantage of PCIE 2.0 or is it going to run like PCIE 1.0? also which card is better: 9600GT or 8800GTS 320mb OC?

    Your system will run at Pci-e 1.0 and out of those two I'd go for the 8800GT (G92).
  6. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1759,1789752,00.asp

    says you have an x16 slot, but hopefully you have a bit more ram than it came with stock. Any card should work fine if you have the power for it.
  7. k thanks guys! yea i've upgraded to 1.5GB of RAM. I'm gunna try and grab an overclocked 8800GTS 320mb off of newegg for $119.99 after rebate. if i cant get that ill just run to best buy and buy an 8800GT 512mb for $219.99
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