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Upgrade to directx 11 video card or not?

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November 16, 2011 11:16:16 PM

Hello,
I am writing for advice regarding a possible upgrade I am considering. I currently have a windows 7 32-bit OS which is run by an M2A-VM mobo, 3GB of DDR2 PC6400, AMD 64X2 Dual Core 6000+ 3.0GHz procesor, Nvidia geforce 8800gt EVGA superclocked edition, rosewill 550w (part RP550-2) power supply and a seagate barracuda 7200.10 320gb hard drive. I am wondering if I were to upgrade to a video card which is directx 11 compatible what kind of problems I might run in to. I am wanting to be able to get some of the new physx effects, etc. without too much slow down. I have already thought of upgrading my memory (thoughts of what kind of DDR-2?) in order to speed things up, but would appreciate anyone else's expertise.

thanks in advance
a b U Graphics card
November 16, 2011 11:33:14 PM

You can upgrade ur self to a DX11 card.

something atleast of 6870 or 6950 type stuff.

as for your other components its time for a large change.

CPU, Mobo & RAM. but you can get the video card first and see how things go. u may be limited by your CPU tho.
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November 16, 2011 11:40:06 PM

check motherboard specs with win 7 32 you got the max memory the os use and this is the fastest listed for that board.for graphic you could if you wish get a direct x 11 but make shure that your power supply could support it. you could also change cpu for new one with bios upgrade see list http://ca.asus.com/en/Motherboards/AMD_AM2/M2AVM/#CPUS
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November 17, 2011 12:02:04 AM

would physx work on a directx 11 card running on a pci 1.0 slot mobo or would it slow it down too much?
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November 17, 2011 12:09:30 AM

tccarter01 said:
Hello,
I am writing for advice regarding a possible upgrade I am considering. I currently have a windows 7 32-bit OS which is run by an M2A-VM mobo, 3GB of DDR2 PC6400, AMD 64X2 Dual Core 6000+ 3.0GHz procesor, Nvidia geforce 8800gt EVGA superclocked edition, rosewill 550w (part RP550-2) power supply and a seagate barracuda 7200.10 320gb hard drive. I am wondering if I were to upgrade to a video card which is directx 11 compatible what kind of problems I might run in to. I am wanting to be able to get some of the new physx effects, etc. without too much slow down. I have already thought of upgrading my memory (thoughts of what kind of DDR-2?) in order to speed things up, but would appreciate anyone else's expertise.

thanks in advance


OK, you're in very good luck. Here's what you can do. For $130, you can toss an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition into that motherboard without upgrading anything else:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Just be sure to flash your bios to the latest 5001 bios version first, BEFORE you pull out your old X2 chip. Believe me, the Phenom II 965 will DRAMATICALLY speed up your machine. You won't believe the speed increase! Then, grab yourself an XFX AMD Radeon 6950 2Gb board for $240 with a lifetime warranty:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

OK, now you have spent $370, and you've got a very up-to-date gaming rig. Still not fast enough in the latest games? Get yourself a Corsair H100 watercooler for $100:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

and overclock that Phenom II 965 to 4GHz+ with it, and throw in a 2nd 6950 2Gb card in crossfire, and you've got a system that'll rock. When you're ready to upgrade, i.e., you see AMD finally fix Bulldozer and release Piledriver, you'll probably be able to buy a new 1000-series AMD motherboard, some fast DDR3 ram and keep your Phenom II 965 and 6950 cards until you can afford a new CPU. When you finally upgrade the Phenom II 965, your new CPU will probably push the 6950s even faster, and after that you can upgrade the 6950s to 7000+ series Radeons... get the pattern here? LoL.

Seriously, though, take my advice and just throw in that Phenom II 965 and see what it does to your system, even with your old 8800GT. Then, upgrade the 8800 (I'm waiting for the 7950 cards), and you'll truly be pleased with your system for a while longer.
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November 17, 2011 12:17:41 AM

thank you so much for your help
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November 17, 2011 12:23:43 AM

tccarter01 said:
would physx work on a directx 11 card running on a pci 1.0 slot mobo or would it slow it down too much?


I´d say yes, the problem then is that your pci interface would affect the real performance,

iwould say that there´s no point in changing video card, as you system specs can mutilate the

features of any card you may upgrade....

And also i´d say that dirext 11 is not that amazing compared with DX10, and you should check if your video

card can run DX11 by software but i consider it wil slow down a little your system ....


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November 17, 2011 12:24:53 AM

the video card is pci 2.1, would it still work with my mobo? I was under the impression that pci 1.0 would only work with 2.0 without problems.
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November 18, 2011 12:58:28 AM

tccarter01 said:
the video card is pci 2.1, would it still work with my mobo? I was under the impression that pci 1.0 would only work with 2.0 without problems.


As far as i know, only some pci-e 2.0 cards have problems with mothers runing pci-e 1.0
I´ve seen systems working perfectly, and some others have problems under some aplications,
but i´m not sure if it can be associated with other aspects such heat, and controllers....
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November 18, 2011 11:20:38 AM

@anubis44

So, I could run both the radeon you mentioned and my current 8800gt in crossfire? Nvidia and radeon will work together? I probably need to update my memory and power source as well. Do you or anyone else have suggestions? Will that radeon work in my pci 1.0 mobo? Thanks anyone and everyone that can help.
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November 18, 2011 11:53:41 AM

It won't run together in crossfire !!! Nvidea can only be sli'd with the same card like a 560 with a 560, not a 560 with a 570 or whatever.
Amd can crossfire with different models of processor but only with AMD ones.

PSU ; 500-600W Corsair, Antec, XFX, Seasonic.

I wouldn't risk the 2.1 > 1.0 issue. I have a 1.0 mobo and the 6870 ( 2.1 ) doesn't work with it i recently found out.
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November 18, 2011 8:14:53 PM

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