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July 17, 2010 10:44:00 AM

Hello, i'm looking to upgrade my graphics card and looking for some help.

Firstly, my Mobo is ASUS IPIBL-LA.

Would i be able to use the gtx460 pci-e 2.0 in my mobos pci-e 1.0 and it work just fine? I want to be positive i'm doing it properly since i'm not the most computer savvy person around.

my computer specs are:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4ghz
3gb ddr 667 RAM (upgrading to 6gb ddr2 800 RAM)
Nvidia Geforce 8800GTS 512mb Alpha Dog Edition
Rocketfish 750w PSU
HD Realtek Onboard Audio
Stock cooling as well
Win 7 Home 64bit
1680x1050

Secondly, if yes to the first part would i be able to run that card without bottlenecking?

And finally, is the 8800gts larger or smaller than the GTX460?
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July 17, 2010 12:17:39 PM

PCI-E 1.0 just offers half the bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0, and I doubt your GTX 460 would ever use near the bandwidth of PCI-E 1.0.

It won't be bottlenecked, but a small overclock on the Q6600 would help noticeably.
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July 17, 2010 12:24:31 PM

you will be fine...it supports pcie x16. i dont see it being a bottleneck and lastly i think the 8800gts is about an inch longer
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July 18, 2010 12:22:23 AM

much thanks for the replies thus far. few more questions i just thought of.

this is the best picture i can find of my case..
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/images/emea/hp-pavilion-...

do you think i would need additional cooling?

and another thing, if i went with a superclocked version would that require even more cooling than a non superclocked version?

(i was planning to build from scratch within 2+ years when this pc gets outdated and didn't want to spend more money than i have to on this stock case)
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a c 189 U Graphics card
July 18, 2010 7:21:54 AM

GTX 460 should fit in your case.
We wouldn't know whether you need additional cooling until you try the card inside the case...
Just check all the components temps, you can change/add additional fan later...
8800GTS is longer than GTX460.
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July 19, 2010 9:04:07 AM

hmmm, i guess the question i meant to ask was do the superclocked versions require more cooling than what it comes with stock?
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a b U Graphics card
July 19, 2010 9:38:54 AM

The Superclocked EVGA cards come slightly overclocked- I think by around 50 MHz core- so they have very marginal temperature rise compared to the normal versions and do not require additional cooling.
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