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July 11, 2012 3:28:44 PM

Can I use a pci express 2.0 X16 graphics card with a pci express 1.0 x16 motherboard?

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July 11, 2012 3:53:53 PM

Yes you can. PCI express is almost totally backward compatible. Just don't use PCIe 2.1 card in 1.0 motherboard. You can use 1.0, 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0.
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July 11, 2012 8:02:34 PM

Thanks Sunius,

Any recommendations for a card. I am just setting up a system for my 9 year old. I have an old pentium 4 system ( Intel MB D915GAG with 2Gb ram) and wanted to put in a low cost ($35-45) dedicated graphics card that could run Windows 7.

Thanks,

Mike

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July 11, 2012 8:44:44 PM

Sunius said:
I'd suggest something like this:

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

I know it's a bit more expensive, but at least you're not tossing your money away. It's few times more powerful than HD 4350.


Very true.

Shame on me, I just picked something that came to mind at the moment.
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July 11, 2012 10:46:03 PM

Sunius said:
I'd suggest something like this:

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

I know it's a bit more expensive, but at least you're not tossing your money away. It's few times more powerful than HD 4350.



This card is Express 2.1 and you had said that it may not work. Any other suggestions. I do like the idea of spending slightly more if there is a benefit.

Thanks,

Mike
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July 11, 2012 10:53:03 PM

You could try for as cheap used card on Ebay look for a Radeon 45xx-47xx even a 4850 can sell very cheaply. There are similar Nvidia cards but im not familiar with the models. Also check the power supply is up to this as older cards are less efficient. If your not going to be gaming almost anything will do.
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July 11, 2012 11:10:21 PM

here is a modest PCI 2.0 card
ZOTAC ZT-40607-10L GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 $69.99
$39.99 after mail-in rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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July 12, 2012 12:14:24 AM

Yea my bad :D  I did not notice it was PCIe 2.1, very nice of you to notice. looniam's suggestion is great, I think you should go for it.
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July 17, 2012 1:29:45 AM

Thanks for the great advise! I picked up the Zotac GT430 and the graphics rating in windows when from 1 to 6.6, all for $40.

Thanks again.

Mike
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July 17, 2012 1:31:22 AM

Best answer selected by mike296.
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