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January 7, 2013 1:58:24 PM

Hi people.
I'm using a pretty old motherboard, a Gigabyte GA-VM900M. It comes with an integrated VIA chrome 9 HC IGP graphics unit, which is reeeeally bad. The manual for my motherboard says it has one PCI-E x16 slot. I'm not sure if it is 2.0 or not.
I'm planning on buying the ATI Radeon HD 5570 1 GB DDR3 graphic card. The description of the card says it requires PCI-E x16 v2.1. My question is, can I use the card on my motherboard if mine isn't v2.1? Will I face any problems?
Any help is much appreciated. :D 

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January 7, 2013 2:02:38 PM

no you wont....pci-e revisions are both backward as well as forward compatible
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January 7, 2013 2:09:26 PM

PCI-E 2.1 is backwards compatible with 2.0. PCI-E 3.0 is backwards compatible with PCI-E 2.0 and 2.1. Why are you getting a 5570? Are you doing gaming or is this just a HTPC? What are your PSU specs?
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January 7, 2013 2:24:25 PM

@completelyrandomname: I'm going for a mid-range card, for gaming. My PSU can't take any more than the 5570. Its a 450W.
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January 7, 2013 2:27:23 PM

Secs on the 12v rail? The 7770 is 2 generations ahead, and will blow it out of the water (obviously). The GTX 650 Ti is a tad faster.
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January 7, 2013 2:35:14 PM

As I said, a MID range card. I'm getting the 5570 for 3300 INR, which is approximately 60 USD. I don't think i'll even use this computer for long, maybe the next 2 years.
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January 7, 2013 2:39:24 PM

if your budget permits...you can also take a look at the hd 6570 or the hd7750.
both these cards are great performers and will work fine on your psu.
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January 7, 2013 2:44:14 PM

siddharthmukul007 said:
if your budget permits...you can also take a look at the hd 6570 or the hd7750.
both these cards are great performers and will work fine on your psu.


The 6570, yes. I considered that. I've not place the order yet, as my computer is yet to be moved from my dorm.
The 7750... not so much. 7k-odd INR is WAAAYY too much to spend for something that i'll hardly use for 2 years.
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January 7, 2013 2:48:53 PM

ok.....good luck

just remember not to make an online purchase without checking local shops.

flipkart
theitdepot
bitfang

in fact all of them charge a lot
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January 7, 2013 2:55:03 PM

I'll look out.
Thank you!
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January 7, 2013 2:55:43 PM

Best answer selected by yomikumar.
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