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November 5, 2012 1:38:43 PM

Current config:

CORSAIR|CMPSU-650TX 650W
MB GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3R P45 775
EVGA 896-P3-1255-AR GTX260 RT
INTEL|C2D E8400 3Ghz 775 45N
OCZ OCZ2RPR10664GK 8 Gigs total
Win 7 64 Bit Home Premium

My question is I am trying to determine if upgrading to the below card would be of benefit. My mb is PCIe 2.0 while the card is 3.0 so I would lose that benefit. Would the other components bottleneck the card?

http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-WINDFORCE-PCI-Express-Gr...

I could upgrade the processor, but the fastest one for this MB costs 600 bucks. I could get a new MB and i7 for that much I think. Of course I would still have to buy a vid card and maybe memory.

any advise?


Thanks Spencer.

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a b B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2012 3:06:25 PM

3.0 and 2.0 don't really mean anything at this point in terms of graphics card power. It will come in handy later down the line. You should be fine with the E8400 and the 660Ti for now.
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November 5, 2012 3:39:27 PM

Thanks, My goal would be to get the vid card now, then a MB/Processor upgrade a little later.
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November 5, 2012 7:21:48 PM

You should be fine with that card. There's no compatibility issues as of today.
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November 5, 2012 8:34:11 PM

I guess I should also ask what kind of performance boost would I see. noticable or not?
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a b B Homebuilt system
November 5, 2012 9:01:42 PM

VERY noticeable.
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November 13, 2012 12:54:38 PM

Best answer selected by aelfswith.
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