GTX 280 with Pci Ex 1?

Just wondered how this card would perform in a Pci E 1.0 Mobo, and how bad the slowdown would be? Intel D945GCCR is my mobo and I'm running a Pentium D at 3.00ghz, sound blaster xfi, 2ghz of ram and xp sp3.
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  1. yikes, pentium D and a pcie 1x wow


    save your money, as this is a TOTAL waste of $$$$
  2. Any help would be great on this as last gaming machine I built was a P4, 2gb, 6800ultra so I could run doom 3 up on ultra lol, needless to say its been awhile and I have a free system here to mod that I was given. Just wondered if it was even worth it or to start all over.
  3. Not terrible. You would probably get a 25% drop in performance overall compared to what it could be on a core 2 at high speed on a late generation chipset/motherboard of any kind. It would work for now.
  4. way more then 25% drop. pci-e 1x mixed with a Pentium d = BRUTAL
  5. I think he means pci express 1.0 not pci-e 1x. The card wouldn't fit in a 1x slot to begin with. So yeah you would lose probably 25 percent of the cards maximum performance like rockbyter said.

    This is of course assuming your board has a true electrical pci-e x16 slot.
  6. PsyKhiqZero said:
    I think he means pci express 1.0 not pci-e 1x. The card wouldn't fit in a 1x slot to begin with. So yeah you would lose probably 25 percent of the cards maximum performance like rockbyter said.

    This is of course assuming your board has a true electrical pci-e x16 slot.

    you can fit 16x card it a pci-e 1 slot
  7. You'd be much better off getting something like an 8800GT, maybe even a 3850 for $60 and then throwing in a more board/cpu combo for $180 later down the road.
  8. Pentium D era hardware is trash. You are better off starting fresh.
  9. The only reason to get a card that expensive is if you have the hardware that won't hold it back. This hardware will. I'm less concerned with the PCI-E 1.0 vs 2.0 then I am with the PD. You would bottle neck the hell out of that card. I have a pentium duel core (core tech... on the cheap side) and I can tell big differences when I don't OC it. It way holds back my 3870. Better off to upgrade more then just the card here. The E8500's are pretty cheap now. That with a more modern MoBo would suit you well.
  10. A GTX 280 is $420+

    It would be better spent on:
    E2220 - $90 (compatible with your current MB)
    or E4700 - $135 (also compatible)

    and

    HD 4850 - $140 after MIR
    or HD 4870 - $245 after MIR

    and 2GB of quality RAM (if you don't already have it) - $50 max

    You will spend WAY less and get much more in return, for even more return get a new P35 or P45 motherboard and a 45nm C2D processor (E5200, E7200 or E8400) and 4GB ram (which would still cost less than a single GTX 280).
  11. ^+1. True. You may also need a good PSU and case.
  12. can you say bottleneck!
    upgrade entire system.
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