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.
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.
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.
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.
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).