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Upgrading my 8800 gt to hd 6950 on my cuurent pc

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August 6, 2011 7:06:28 AM

Hello,
I wanted to replace my xfx 8800 gt xxx with an hd 6950 . but i wanted to make sure it will work good on my gigabyte p35 dq6 motherboard with pci express 1 . and my other specs are 3 gb ddr2 800 ram and core 2 due 1.8 and 420 watt power supply. will upgarding graphic card alone be enough or my pc is too old?
thanks in advance
August 6, 2011 7:12:40 AM

There will be some bottleneck, maybe slight, but there will be. Also, you need a new power supply. You need to have at least a 500w psu. Imo, it doesn't worth buying that graphics card. I'd say you should save some money and buy a new computer.
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 7:39:31 AM

The bottleneck will be more then slight if that cpu is only 1.8ghz.... Money would be better spent on a new AM2+/AM3 cpu/motherboard combo of some type, and a grafx card in the $100 price range.
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August 6, 2011 7:51:23 AM

core 2 due loves OC. and P35 is great chipset for OC. what cooler do you have on you're CPU? you can easily OC to 2.5 and above.

and about the PCI-E 1.0. its ok. it will not bottleneck you're V.card.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 8:21:38 AM

Your current card is about the best you should bother with unless you replace the CPU as well.
a c 376 U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 8:22:36 AM

Mickel116 said:
and about the PCI-E 1.0. its ok. it will not bottleneck you're V.card.
1.0 slots often have issues with PCI-E 2.1 video cards like the HD6950.
August 6, 2011 9:49:22 AM

Thanks everyone l. iguess i should overclock my current system until it bleeds ;-) and replace the whole thing later
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2011 2:11:30 PM

Yeah, in fact that CPU was holding back the 8800GT you had a little too. 1.8ghz is simply not enough processor to run a gaming computer. You need to be looking at around 3 ghz, anything less is going to starve a modern mid to high end GPU.
August 6, 2011 5:44:37 PM

jyjjy said:
1.0 slots often have issues with PCI-E 2.1 video cards like the HD6950.


never heard of such issues.

and noshad70. i would recommend you to upgrade to a quad core. a Q9XXX is an equipment to a new AMD CPU.
and OC it two. then you will have no bottleneck what so ever.
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