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MoBo PCI-E slot specs and compatability

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March 15, 2012 2:22:32 AM

I am trying to cheaply (<$150) fix my computer up (for Guild Wars 2) and have a few questions:

Can someone tell me if I am correct in assuming that if my mother board (Asus P5BW-LA) specs say -One PCI Express x16 graphics, that this is a 1.0?
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Is it a simple BIOS update if I want to upgrade to a PCI Express 2.1 video card? Can I find out if a BIOS update for this is available before purchase? (I found diddly on the HP site)
Or am I looking at replacing the board along with the power supply and video card?
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Can this motherboard handle 600w? I haven't seen any info on board and psu compatability.

Current defunct card is Geforce 8400GS (2.0), with a 300W supply. I want to get an XFX AMD Radeon HD6670 (2.1) and a 600W supply.

My PC is: HP m8150n, Intel 2 quad core Q6600, Says 2.6Ghz on front, specs say 2.4Ghz.

Even if you can just point me in the right direction I'd appreciate it.

Helyanwe

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March 15, 2012 7:34:38 AM

Yes it's probably PCI-e 1.0 and with a BIOS upgrade (try the manufacturing company website) it will probably be able to run a 2.0 PCI-e card.
I would however replace the motherboard since it's pretty old and I think it's not worth spending money on it.

About the PSU I'm not sure but I think any motherboard can handle whatever wattage the PSU provides so no need to upgrade board just to upgrade PSU
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March 15, 2012 11:22:15 PM

akxpckwb said:
Yes it's probably PCI-e 1.0 and with a BIOS upgrade (try the manufacturing company website) it will probably be able to run a 2.0 PCI-e card.
I would however replace the motherboard since it's pretty old and I think it's not worth spending money on it.

About the PSU I'm not sure but I think any motherboard can handle whatever wattage the PSU provides so no need to upgrade board just to upgrade PSU



Thank you for the response. I guess my options are a lower card or the additional cost of a low end motherboard.
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March 15, 2012 11:22:31 PM

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March 15, 2012 11:37:43 PM

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