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PCIe 2.0 cards in PCIe 1.0 slots

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
October 27, 2011 10:22:58 PM

I'm trying to upgrade my PC graphics as a temporary fix whilst I'm saving money for a complete new build. I'm currently only running a 320mb xfx 8800gts via an Asus Striker Extreme and I'd like to have a bit more so I can run the latest games. Do I go SLI and find another 8800gts or get a higher spec PCIe 2.0 card and abuse the fact that they are backward compatible?

Asus Striker Extreme
4Gb Kingston HYperX T1
320Mb XFX 8800gts

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a c 104 U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 10:26:45 PM

I would buy a new one wich i could use in the new build, buying another 8800 would be throwing money away in that case. To be safe, go with 2.0, not 2.1.
a b U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 10:45:35 PM

that depends on what money you have to spend, and if your PSU will support two 8800gts'.

TBH, id say get a more powerful GPU that you can uyse in your rebuild. your current CPU won't bottleneck i high end GPU, and it saves you from having to buy another one when you build a new system.
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a b U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 10:54:31 PM

Hello... I'm using a GTX460 1GB to replace my 8800GTS 512... very happy... you will get 3-4x's the performance to your model... card is smaller and runs 10-15C cooler with that GPU... But look for a rear exhaust model like the STD 8800 design... newer cards are just re-cycling the hot air into your case... I did not need to upgrade a Power Supply either... you also get audio over HDMI with a GTX 460 and higher models.

Newer Model is the 560... I picked up 2 460's on the BAY... $90 and $120... Sold my 8800gts for $50.
a c 104 U Graphics card
October 27, 2011 10:57:21 PM

Yeah, but for the new build it will be outdated.