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December 6, 2011 12:35:23 AM

Hello,

My build is as follows:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz LGA 775
ASRock G31M-S LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
BFG Tech BFGEGTS250512OCE GeForce GTS 250 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
OCZ Gold 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2G8004GK
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black IDE Model GH22NP20 - OEM
COOLER MASTER RR-LEE-L911-GP 92mm Sleeve X Dream 4 CPU Cooler

My plan is to upgrade to an HD 6850 but I know that my CPU will be the bottleneck. My question is, even though the card won't be used to full effect will it still work with this setup? Any potential downfalls?

Thanks.
December 6, 2011 2:23:20 AM

Just to clarify, I'm eventually going to rebuild it from the ground up but I need to replace my current card now as it has gotten kinda defective. I just don't want to waste $30-40 on a card that will work optimally with this mobo when I plan on upgrading in the near future.
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December 6, 2011 2:45:56 AM

IF your motherboard's PCIE slot is gen 2 ( PCIE 2.0 X16) you won't have any issues just ensure you have a 400W quality branded PSU with 6 Pin PCIE connector.

If the PCIE is gen 1, you probably better wait until you upgrade your MOBO, and you can check this in the manual.
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December 6, 2011 2:56:29 AM

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

Looks like it's gen 1. I just looked up some info and found that PCIe 2.0 is still compatible with a 1.0 slot. What would be the pitfalls of upgrading just the video card?

Thanks.

edit: Also, I have a high quality Seasonic X-series with the PCIe connector.
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December 6, 2011 3:03:20 AM

Yes it's compatible but, HD 6850 is a PCIE 2.1 actually it's the same as PCIE 2.0 and no issues at all should be considered when installed @ PCIE 1.0, but unfortunately a lot of members reported compatibility issues between PCIE 1.0 slots and PCIE 2.1 cards so i can't tell that this card work on your MOBO or not, better make a google search and see if anyone reported PCIE 2.1 card to work fine in PCIE 1.0 slot IN YOUR OWN MOBO.

Also, any BIOS upgrades is more helpful, sometimes it fixes such compatibility issues.
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December 12, 2011 11:33:30 PM

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