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September 2, 2012 3:42:24 PM

Gigabyte GA-H61M-S2H MB , i3-2120cpu w2000 on board graphics , Scythe 450W Power supply , 8G 1333 mem. Medium gamer.....don't know what on board HD graphics relates to. Don't need the Best card...but need one for gaming X16 slot > PCI Express 2.0 Standard .any advice would be appreciated.
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September 2, 2012 3:55:13 PM

Your cpu and motherboard supports onboard graphics, so you don't need a discrete graphics card to operate.
If this is a new build, you could try onboard graphics first. It should be sufficient to run games that do not need fast action, such as CIV4.

If you will be playing shooters or want lots of eye candy, then a discrete card will be needed.

Your 450w psu can support any graphics card that needs only one 6 pin pci-e power connector.
Pick the best card you feel comfortable paying for from this report on the best gaming cards for the money:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-car...
The newer 28nm cards are stronger and need less power. That is the AMD 7xxx and Nvidia GTX6xx cards.

You can check the number of 6 pin connectors needed by referencing this list:
http://www.realhardtechx.com/index_archivos/Page362.htm
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September 3, 2012 2:17:03 AM

X16 slot > PCI Express 2.0 Standard , 2.1 Standard , 3.0 Standard....can these cards be used in a 2.0 Standard X16 slot and whats the difference? confuses people !
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September 3, 2012 2:19:50 AM

Basically, any PCI-e card can be used with any PCI-e slot.
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September 3, 2012 3:48:11 AM

tymeracer939 said:
X16 slot > PCI Express 2.0 Standard , 2.1 Standard , 3.0 Standard....can these cards be used in a 2.0 Standard X16 slot and whats the difference? confuses people !


PCI-E slots come in several physical lengths, X16, X8, and X4.
The longer the slot, the more bandwidth it can support.
Most graphics cards will be X16 physically.
The pci-e 2.0/2.1/3.0 etc define the features of the slot and how fast it can operate.
The thing to take away from all this confusion is that it is all both forward and backwards compatible.
Any card can be used in any slot that it will physically fit.
Also, current graphics cards do not saturate the full capacity of a X16 slot, or even a x16 slot operating with the reduced bandwidth of X8.
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Not to worry.
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September 3, 2012 12:18:47 PM

tyme writes : the feedback you have given is topnotch ....I run a multi boot system , partitioned drive . I was reading about the 7750 , and owners said , it wouldn't run XP at all...sure XP is old , but many still use it with older software , is that typical with the newer cards ? My ole system , was AMD X3 740 w/ a ATI 4850 would run anything .
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September 3, 2012 12:50:38 PM

Hello Sir,

I need help,
my pc's specs are
intel core2duo e7500@2.93Ghz
intel dg31pr motherboard
4gb ddr2 RAM
power supply unit 300W (circle company power supply)
pci express 1.1x16

so,will the
zotac NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 Synergy Edition 1 GB DDR3 Graphics Card
work on my PC???
its requirements are pcie2.1x16


plz help
Thanking you,
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September 3, 2012 1:46:24 PM

GAURAV9822 said:
Hello Sir,

I need help,
my pc's specs are
intel core2duo e7500@2.93Ghz
intel dg31pr motherboard
4gb ddr2 RAM
power supply unit 300W (circle company power supply)
pci express 1.1x16

so,will the
zotac NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 Synergy Edition 1 GB DDR3 Graphics Card
work on my PC???
its requirements are pcie2.1x16


plz help
Thanking you,


It depends on the quality of your 300w power supply.
If it can deliver 20a on the +12v. rails, then it should work.
Look on the data plate of the psu to see the specs.


Most generic power supplies are of poor quality, and I might suggest you replace it regardless.
Look at the Corsair or Antec 430w units for about $35.
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