I've spent hours researching and I'm just not seeming to get anywhere. There are so many choices and my knowledge is somewhat limited. I need some insight.
I just got Diablo 3 and I need a new video card. My motherboard(IPIEL-LA3 Eureka3) has a PCI Express x16 v1 slot. I know that v2 and 2.1 cards are backwards compatible however I may not be able to take full advantage of the faster v2 cards.
Here are my issues so far...
- I am unsure which v2/2.1 cards I would be able to take full advantage of, I do not want to overspend on something that will just be limited by the speed of the v1 slot.
- I have heard that some motherboards don't play well with v2.1 cards and some need updates. I have been unable to find info on whether or not my motherboard can support a v2.1 card.
Last card I was looking at was a Radeon HD 6850 or something similar. I was looking to spend around $100-$150 but that could be somewhat flexible.
Can someone please recommend a card or at least get me pointed in the right direction?
Also I have a spare 650w Corsair PSU that I can use to power the new card.
what processor and ram do you have in this machine?
first of all a PCI 1.0 x16 slot is fine to run even a PCI 3.0 card:
second a PCI 2.0 is fully backwards compatible, a pci 2.1 card may give you problems unless you can download a BIOS later than it release (looking at your mobo page http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01... it doesn't look like it)
so really a PCI 2.0 will work w/o any problems a 2.1 card is a toss up.
So i received and installed the 7770 today. only problem I've run into so far is that the largest resolution I can set the card to (catalyst settings) is 1680x1050. When I try and set my resolution back to 1920x1080(windows settings) I get a black space all around my screen.
i'd suggest starting a "7770 resolution problem" thread that will draw the attention of someone that has found a solution to your problem.