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Upgrade from 8800GT on PCIe 2.0 interface

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February 3, 2012 9:35:49 AM

As the Thread Title says...
Looking to upgrade my graphics card from an 8800GT, not yet ready (and dont think I really need to yet) to do a more full system upgrade, here is my current specs:

Motherboard:
MSI P7N SLI-FI LGA 775 ATX Intel

Graphics Card:
MSI NX8800GT 512mb GeForce 8800 Vid Card

Processor
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 3.0ghz

Memory
4 x 2GB G.Skill 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM 1066mhz

I run 2 monitors for browsing and general use but when playing a game limit the screen to the primary monitor. And that has been working fine with this OLD card so I assume a newer one shouldn't have any issues.
I've been playing Skyrim at 1920x1080 resolution with all the effects set to low/mid range without any issues. But I want to be able to play at higher settings and also getting geared up for what I hope will be a buttery smooth awesome gaming experience in Diablo3 if it ever comes out (lol).

So what would you guys recommend as an upgrade to the existing system which the MB has PCIe 2.0 ... I looked at the article about best bang for your buck and am leaning towards the GTX 560TI or Radeon HD6950

MSI Radeon HD6950 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for $240
or
EVGA GTX 560 TI http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... for for $230

One concern I have is that the Radeon cards say PCIe 2.1 ... And my MB is only 2.0 will this cause a problem or no?
a c 175 U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 9:50:46 AM

The radeon card is more expensive, but has far better cooler, it's Twin frozer III.

PCI-E 2.1 are fully backward compatible to PCI-E 2.0

Performance wise, it depend on the game, it depends on the game, but overall the 6950 is a bit faster. Not much anyway....

But your processor is a dual core E8400, I'd say it will bottleneck the cards you said. You should either upgrade yours or overclock it to ~3.75 with a good cooler perhaps.
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a b U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 9:51:45 AM

Is not a problem if your mobo is PCIe 2.0 and the card is 2.1. Both are good video cards and are almost equal in performance.
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 9:53:37 AM

1st one is very good card with better cooling and better overclocking support hd 6950 is one of the best performer card of gaming if u want better performance then get one step ahead and get hd 6950 2gb like this.:) 

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

its an one of the best card on hd 6950 at cheaper price with 2gb of vram which performs better in games and has the same price after rebate as the msi has good luck.:) 
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a c 84 U Graphics card
February 3, 2012 9:56:49 AM

he he when i was typing there was no reply and now there is three dont know what is happening but fine.:) 
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February 3, 2012 10:25:59 AM

Skyrim is more CPU based so a fast CPU is important. My Phenom is only 2.3 so when i had my 8800GT in my rig, i could only run it on 1680 resoloution on low.

I would get the 560 as it a good card for them money. That what i plan to get.

I can imagine that a fast cpu and a 560 and skyrim will run perfect, giving you plenty omph for newer games.
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February 3, 2012 12:48:01 PM

Thanks for quick replies... I know the CPU is a potential bottleneck but don't think its there yet... Comparisons and Charts I've seen don't show that big of a difference between the CPU I have and an i3... i5 yes and i7 certainly but I can't afford those upgrades and a GPU right now. Having to choose either the GPU or the CPU/MB I think the best thing to do is get a GPU now and if in 5-6 months I can afford the CPU/MB at least the vid card would still be decent.
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