hi i'm ej from Philippines and this is my current rig:
GPU: Palit 9500GT 512MB DDR2 OCed
Motherboard: ASUS P5KPL-AM SE
RAM: Apacer 2GB DDR2
CPU: Intel Dual Core E6300 2.8Ghz
OS: Windows XP SP3
i'm actually planning to change my current GPU to Inno3D GT430 but i have doubts about some compatability issues.
1. is it compatible with my motherboard/chipset?
2. is it compatible with direct x10 or direct x11 should be "strictly" installed? (yes, im using a direct x10 for XP SP3)
2. do i still have to provide some 6pin power connectors?
power connectors are really a problem. because i don't have any of those 6pin thingies available on my mobo and those were the "requirements" for some GPUs like Inno3D GT220 and GT240 (my 2 choices before).
my mobo's slot is a PCI-E x16 but i don't know that there's a 2.1 slot.
i searched through the internet and my current GPU (9500gt) was a PCI-E 2.0. but i don't know if this was an issue:
1. before i overclocked and changed its fan, my game (Prototype) crashed while playing for about 2-3 hours still i managed to fix it by shutting down my pc for about 30mins and cleaning its fan.
2. i experienced that "crashing" issue again like a week ago when NFS Shift froze in the middle of the race. that time, my 9500gt was overclocked with a new fan so i backed off the clocks and restarted my pc. so far, everything is working well right now.
is Inno3D GT430 a PCI-E 2.1 card? coz i've searched on the net and it says that it was a PCI-E 2.0 card. ima go check at my mobo's box at home if my GPU slot is 2.0. btw, thanks!
ok, i've read on other forums that PCI-E 2.0 GPUs are backward compatible with my PCI-E x16. oh and i also read that PCI-E 2.0 has bigger bandwith. what's a bandwith? does it affects the overall performance of the GPU?