I just got a new system:
CPU: Intel Quad-Core Q6600 2.4 GHZ
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-EP45T-DS3R
Memory: 4GB (2x2GB DDR3)
I'm trying to choose a graphics card for it and I'm a bit confused.
From reading online people are putting in graphic cards that are rated for PCI Express 3.0 in this motherboard. Now the motherboard is PCI Express 2.0.
If I buy a PCIE 3.0 will I just be wasting bandwidth?
Also I don't know what resolutions I'll be running since I'm hoping to buy a new monitor.
3.0 is backwards compatible, and yes running it in 2.0 mode makes it loose performance, but only in the 1-2% range.
So it's irrelevant.
All you need to worry about is whether your power supply has enough power to run the graphics card you want to get.