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August 10, 2011 8:46:46 PM

hello all.

I have a rigg composed of the following:
CPU: e8400
MOBO: GA-EP43-DS3L
RAM: 2x1GB kingston DDR2 800MHz
HSF: Alpine 11 GT rev2
OS HDD: WDC-320GB AAKS blue
Storage HDD: 2xSAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
PSU: Thermaltake 500w TR2-RX
GPU: ATI 3650 512mb PCIE
DVD: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-E10N, LG USB combo drive

I have to upgrade it due to business needs, so I got a C2Q 9550 and 4x2GB kingston DDR2 800MHz of ram.

now I need another gpu which has hdmi output, I've thought of ATI 5450HD and I was wondering:

1. will my psu be able to support another gpu? if not, what is the needed watts?
2. afaik, 2.0 pcie are backwards compatible, as I don't game alot, I thought of moving the current gpu from the 2.0 pcie slot to 1.0 pcie slot, will it work?

Thanks.

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 10, 2011 8:55:06 PM

yes it should work and yes your current PSU should be fine, all PCI-E2.1/2.0 cards are fully backward compatible (eg with 1.0/1.1 slots).
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August 19, 2011 7:22:20 AM

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August 27, 2011 6:48:51 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
yes it should work and yes your current PSU should be fine, all PCI-E2.1/2.0 cards are fully backward compatible (eg with 1.0/1.1 slots).


I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the unneeded hardware that I've bought following your advice.

as pcie 2.0 is fully backwards compatible with pcie 1, the slots aren't!

meaning that I need to order now a new mb because my current one doesn't have this slot.

so I need to return them to the shop and pay return fee (hope I still can) as new mb makes this build not worth while anymore so I'm taking a new build.

please next time, take a look at the specs of the mb before giving a suggestion.
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August 28, 2011 9:19:51 AM

daggs said:
I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the unneeded hardware that I've bought following your advice.

as pcie 2.0 is fully backwards compatible with pcie 1, the slots aren't!

meaning that I need to order now a new mb because my current one doesn't have this slot.

so I need to return them to the shop and pay return fee (hope I still can) as new mb makes this build not worth while anymore so I'm taking a new build.

please next time, take a look at the specs of the mb before giving a suggestion.


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PCIe 2.0 motherboard slots are fully backward compatible with PCIe v1.x cards. PCIe 2.0 cards are also generally backward compatible with PCIe 1.x motherboards, using the available bandwidth of PCI Express 1.1. Overall, graphic cards or motherboards designed for v2.0 will be able to work with the other being v1.1 or v1.0.


are you sure you didn't mean PCI-E x16 slots and PCI slots?
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August 28, 2011 4:50:41 PM

the ATI 3650 512mb PCIE I have comes only with pcie 2.0 connector.

I thought it was obvious.

if this has mislead you in some way, then leave it be, I was able to return the hardware to the stores with minimal loss.
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