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Will my motherboard with a PCI-E x16 slot support graphics cards for PCI-E 2.0 or 2.1 or 3.0?
Motherboard specs:


Motherboard description

• Manufacturer's motherboard name: MSI MS-7525
• HP/Compaq name: BostonL-GL6


Form Factor

• Micro-ATX: 24.4 cm (9.6 inches) x 21.8 cm (8.6 inches)


Chipset

• Intel G31


Front-side bus speed

• 800/1066/1333 MHz (processor dependent)



Video



Integrated graphics using Intel GMA 3100

*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.
• Integrated graphics using Intel GMA 3100
• Also supports PCI Express x16 graphics cards


Audio



Integrated Realtek ALC662 Audio

*Integrated video is not available if a graphics card is installed.
• Audio CODEC: Realtek ALC662
• 5.1 channel high-definition audio

Processor: Core2 Duo E7400 2.8 GHz
[HP Pavilion PC]
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  1. It looks like it's PCIe 1.0 slot (might be second gen, but unlikely). Read this article to understand what will work and not:

    http://www.overclock.net/a/the-final-answer-to-the-controversial-pcie-x16-version-compatibility

    TLDR: All Nvidia cards will work. However, newer AMD cards might not.
  2. pcie 2.0/3.0 is backwards compatible
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