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Newbie needs help upgrading graphics card!!!

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December 1, 2011 1:58:52 PM

Currently I have a system running AMD Phenom II X6 1035T, OCZ ModXtreme Pro 700W PSU, and single slot ASUS mobo. I want to upgrade my GT 430 in order to play lately games. My monitor res. is 1600x900. And I'm not an overclocker.

My budget is $150, a bit higher is okay. I like nVidia but I don't mind giving AMD cards a try. I'm looking at these:

MSI R6850 Cyclone PE/OC Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $157.99 after rebate
Here is the stock version http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable VGA Series GV-R685OC-1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card with Eyefinity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $129.99 after rebate.

XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $149.99 after rebate. This one has some bad reviews and doesn't have warranty so I doubt it.

Any other recommendations at the same range are welcome. Thank you!
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a c 181 U Graphics card
December 2, 2011 1:40:54 AM

I have a question. Can a 2.1 card fit in a 2.0 slot on the MOBO? I know a 2.0 will work on a 1.0. But I don't know for sure that a 2.0 will fit in a 2.1 or the other way around?

I like Nvidia cards my self. The GTX 560 Ti Fermi would be my pick.
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December 2, 2011 1:48:34 AM

for amd,go for his IceQ 6870 it.
Its better than gtx560
or pump up the budget and get gtx 560ti!
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a c 153 U Graphics card
December 2, 2011 2:01:10 AM

A 2.1 card will fit in a 2.0 slot, as well as 3.0, 2.1,1.1, and 1.0a.

There is a very rare issue were a 2.1 card will not WORK in a 1.1 or a 1.0a slot because, in this rare case the motherboard manufacture needs a bios update, in even rarer cases those bios updates never come out. Thus is it generally regarded as safer to purchase a 2.0 card if you only have a 1.1 or 1.0a slot instead of a 2.1 card.
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December 2, 2011 2:21:08 AM

DM186, as I read in Wikipedia, a 2.1 card will work in a 2.0 slot. They say that it's backwards compatible. And a 2.0 card also works in a 2.1 slot. Likewise, it's forwards compatible. There is almost nothing to worry about the slot, I just heard from somebody that some mobos with 1.0 slot have issues with 2.1 cards, 2.0 card is okay.

Anybody else has recommendations for those cards above?
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December 2, 2011 2:30:42 AM

As you guys can see, my system is running with Phenom X6 1035t and it's a bit dated. I think that it will bottleneck the GTX 560 Ti and that would be a waste. Anyway, I try bidding on eBay for a lower price. But I have question: if I buy one from eBay, do I have the manufacture warranty for my card?
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a c 198 U Graphics card
December 2, 2011 2:39:27 AM

The Phenom X6 will definitely not bottleneck the 560Ti. I have a 965BE and it does not bottleneck my Radeon 6950, which is near the performance of a 560Ti. It would definitely not be a waste.
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a c 181 U Graphics card
December 2, 2011 3:37:49 AM

Helltech said:
A 2.1 card will fit in a 2.0 slot, as well as 3.0, 2.1,1.1, and 1.0a.

There is a very rare issue were a 2.1 card will not WORK in a 1.1 or a 1.0a slot because, in this rare case the motherboard manufacture needs a bios update, in even rarer cases those bios updates never come out. Thus is it generally regarded as safer to purchase a 2.0 card if you only have a 1.1 or 1.0a slot instead of a 2.1 card.


Hey Thank you very much for taking the time to explain that and you to iknowit
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