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Looking for replacement of my GeForce 7600GT

My fan is going out on my GeForce 7600GT video card. I know it’s not a great card but it works OK.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130062

I have a ASUS L1N64-SLI WS Dual L(1207FX) motherboard.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131146

I have a Thermaltake Armor VA8004BNS ATX Full Tower Computer Case.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811133032

Power supply Tagan ITZ Series ITZ1100 1100W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817814002

I am running Vista and Windows 7 both are 64 bit.

I would prefer SLI.
I would like to replace it with a better/faster card.
What cards can I choose from that will work with my MB?
PCI
PCI Express x16
PCI Express 2.0 x16
PCI Express 2.1 x16

1. If I understand things correctly PCI Express 2.0 x16 or PCI Express 2.1 x16 will work. Is that true???

2. But it would be a waste of money to get either the PCI Express 2.0 x16 or PCI Express 2.1 x16 because my motherboard can’t utilize the benefits of these cards. Is this true??

I am having a hard time finding a card on NewEgg that is PCI Express x16 and that looks better than my current card.

I do not know much (anything) about video cards so I am at a loss.

Thank you very much for any help or guidance that anyone can give me.


Rob
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  1. PCI-E is backwards compatible so pci-e 2.1 would run fine in pci-e 1 x16 but it might bottleneck your card by A VERY SMALL AMOUNT but thats not noticeable. whats your budget for the new card? what CPU do you use? whats your screen resolution??
  2. I have two of these installed. AMD Athlon 64 FX-74 3.0GHz Socket F (1207 FX)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103866

    Resolution 1600x1200

    Budget $60-$150

    Card can be 9 1/2 to 10 inches long.

    Thank you.
  3. well if i were you i would get a 5770, dx11 support and everything, its about as good as a 4870 :)
  4. I am using DVI connection.
    I may getting another monitor of the same resolution.
  5. Best answer
  6. sabot00 said:


    seems like a nice card, not that expensive either :) should give a big boost in framerates over a 7600gt :D thats probably the best you can do with your budget.
  7. The boost would be anywhere from 2-10 times your 7600GT, with the norm falling between 5-10.
  8. I see that it has two DVI connections.

    If I were running two monitors would I need two of these cards or could I run each monitor separately even tho they are plugged into the same card?

    Or is it always best/necessary to run each monitor off separate cards?
  9. One card should be able to push 3 monitors at the same time.
    The Juniper core (used in 5750/5770) can push 6 TMDS signals at the same time, Dual-Link DVI eats 2. The maximum resolution if you don't use more than 6 signals is 8192x8192.
    You can easily run 2 DVI monitors off 1 card.
  10. Thats great! I would have thought that I would have needed two cards to keep things working well.

    On and off for the past month or two I have spent many, many hours trying to find answers to some of these questions. It is hard to sift through it all.

    Thank you so very much.

    Rob

    Once I get the card installed are there any games that you would recommend?
  11. for RPG well the elder scrolls 4: Oblivion is my favorite game of all times, fallout 3 is pretty good too.

    and for FPS i would recommend Battlefield Bad Company 2
  12. The entire STALKER series if your into FPS/RPG, buy the 1 of the first 2 and you get 33% ($10) off of the new one (Call of Pripyat).
    Command and Conquer 3/Red Alert 3 if you're into RTS.
    Modern Warfare 2, Crysis, Borderlands, Left 4 dead.
  13. Best answer selected by z2habanero.
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