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November 8, 2012 12:57:29 AM

Hello,
im looking to buy a computer, but im going to upgrade the graphics card also, the specs say it has a pci express x16 port. Will 2.0, 3.0 x16 work also? by the way the computer is the Hp envy h8 1414 if you need to check

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a b U Graphics card
November 8, 2012 1:21:14 AM

Yes, all video cards are backwards compatible with all PCIe slots. For example a PCIe 3.0 card can work with PCIe 1 and 2. But they cant be reversed. Meaning that a 2.0 card wont go to 3.0 just because its in a 3.0 slot. But it will work.
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November 8, 2012 8:16:47 PM

thankyou, i googled this but couldnt come up with an answer, some people on battlefield battlelog recommended i use this site if i needed anything.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 8, 2012 8:44:49 PM

abCasPeRR said:
Yes, all video cards are backwards compatible with all PCIe slots. For example a PCIe 3.0 card can work with PCIe 1 and 2. But they cant be reversed. Meaning that a 2.0 card wont go to 3.0 just because its in a 3.0 slot. But it will work.


That is not quite the whole truth.

I'd suggest reading this article, it has loads of useful information:

http://www.overclock.net/a/the-final-answer-to-the-cont...
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November 9, 2012 12:10:41 AM

ok, so if i got a computer with the following specs:
Windows 8 64 bit
AMD FX-6120 six-core processor [3.6GHz, 6MB L2/8MB L3 Cache]
8GB DDR3-1600MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
1GB AMD Radeon HD 7450 [DVI, HDMI, VGA adapter]
460W Power supply

but removed the current gpu,would an Nvidia gtx 660 gpu be compatible with it so that i could play games on the computer, im not looking to play them at ultra setting, i would rather play the game than stare at the graphics, so that i could run games like skyrim, crysis, battlefield 3 maybe.

im sorry, im just kinda a noob at pc's cause i have played on console my whole life
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a b U Graphics card
November 9, 2012 12:49:57 AM

It would be better to know what motherboard you have. But it seems as your system is rarely new so yes a 660 would work fine.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 9, 2012 3:58:39 AM

In that computer, it will work for sure, but is there any reason for buying that exact PC? It's not really good for gaming - 6-core FX CPUs are plain bad.
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November 9, 2012 11:43:52 PM

no particular reason, but im probably not going to get that one now, a friend of mine works for google (not many people actually believe this, but he does), and he is a computer expert, so i asked him to build me one for around $700. so he said hes gonna give me a list of the parts i need and where to find them.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 9:49:32 AM

Cool. Make sure to post an updated list of it when he gives you it :p .
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 4:09:25 PM

As I said before, FX series CPUs are bad. Very bad. Even intel i3s are better. Also, that case he chose is ugly :<. I chose another one.

That said, I modified it a bit. It ended up being a little bit cheaper:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock B75 PRO3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($214.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.65 @ Compuvest)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($89.99 @ CompUSA)
Keyboard: A4Tech KL-8MUU Wired Slim Keyboard ($27.55 @ Newegg)
Total: $778.69
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-10 13:08 EST-0500)
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November 10, 2012 5:15:42 PM

ok, if that is what you recommend, i will probably go with that. the only thing i noticed is that the mobo has a usb 3.0 header, but the case doesn't have usb 3.0 front panel ports. I was just wondering if that would cause any problems, or if they just wouldn't be able to be used.

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also im assuming that the radeon hd 7870 would be better than the 7850?
so with the money i save i may upgrade to the 7870, i really want the best i can get for the money since im going to mostly use this computer for gaming.

EDIT, AGAIN lol:
will all the computer parts come with the necessary cables to attache the components together, like will the power supply have the cables to run to the mobo, gfx card, hdd. And cables to attach the mobo to other components. This is my first time getting a homebuilt computer, in the past i have just gotten pre-built ones because i gamed on console, so im completely new to this.
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a c 291 U Graphics card
November 10, 2012 6:08:42 PM

Yes, HD 7870 is significantly faster. And yes, it will come with all the cables/screws you'll need.
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November 10, 2012 6:09:30 PM

ok, thanks for all your help!

btw, with this rig would i be able to play games like skyrim, crysis, bf3 etc..?
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a b U Graphics card
November 12, 2012 5:41:09 AM

jwhit5219 said:
ok, thanks for all your help!

btw, with this rig would i be able to play games like skyrim, crysis, bf3 etc..?


yeah youll be fine.
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November 25, 2012 5:43:14 PM

Best answer selected by jwhit5219.
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