I have an old system with an Intel Core2 6600 2.4GHz chip on an Asus P5Q Pro MB. Upgrade pending, but in the interim looking to replace the current HD 4850 GPU with a HD 6570. The MB is a PCI-e 2.0 board and the proposed replacement card is a PCI-e 2.1 card. Would the new card work ok, and would there be any noticeable performance hits by putting it on the old MB?
Secondly, the old case is an Antec Sonata 3 which is not known for its roominess. Does anyone know how long the 6570 is?
Well after these replies and a bit of online browsing, I guess I'm willing to spend a bit more than I originally thought! I've "updated" my budget lol to somwhere between $120 and $130. I'm thinking a 7770 would be a good one, to provide improvement on the current card and to not look out of place when I upgrade to an i5 3330 (and all the other stuff that has to change with it).
Thanks everyone for the pointers. This is an old thread, but as an FYI I went ahead and bought the HD 7770 and it was fine. Now I have an upgaded system with an i5 3570, 8G RAM, 650W PSU, a small SSD and the 7770, all in a CM Storm Enforcer case. All works well together.