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    So.. I just got a new computer, but I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card from a 8600gt to something else. I have AMD x2 2.5 ghz CPU, so its a nice computer, but I'm reading all this PCI **** and it's starting to worry me.

    Apperantly I have a PCI Express x16 , but I want video cards like the GeForce GTS 250 or the 9800 GT. Since they're "PCI Express 2.0" Will they not work in my computer?


    My motherboard is : M2N68-LA
    HP/Compaq motherboard name: Narra5-GL6

    Please tell me I can go higher than the 8000 series! :(

  • #2
    Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

    Here's a link I binged
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/246217-30-pcie-pcie

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    • #3
      Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

      Uh.. I didn't quite understand what's going on there.

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      • #4
        Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

        You can use 2.0 cards, but you'll get 1.0/1.1 speeds. So you might not get quite the performance you would regularly.

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        • #5
          Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

          But if I got a 9800/ GTS 250 it would still be a hundred times better than my card right now right?
          Last edited by Industrial; 09-28-2009, 06:25 PM.

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          • #6
            Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

            everything should work fine, at most you will only see a 1-5 FPS hit from the slower interface

            if you can look at GTX260/HD4870 or GTX275/HD4890 which are some of the best performance per dollar or the new HD5870 if you want to be ready for DX11
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            • #7
              Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

              Whenever you go to these new high end cards you probably will need to get a new power supply unit. some cards require two PCI-E plugs. I f you have a 300- 350 watt psu that won't cut it. Sending your specs in the thread would help to answer some of your questions.

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              • #8
                Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

                @ Reaper
                I'm looking to sell my xbox 360 and a few accessories/games for it, so I probably wont be getting anything over $150 (probably).

                @ Chief
                Here's my specs:

                Base processor
                Athlon X2 (K) 7550 2.5 GHz (95W)
                2000 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
                Socket AM2+

                Motherboard
                Manufacturer: Pegatron
                Motherboard Name: M2N68-LA
                HP/Compaq motherboard name: Narra5-GL6

                Power supply
                300W

                Hard drive
                320 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
                7200 rpm

                Expansion slots
                PCI One (One available)
                PCI Express x16 One (One available)
                PCI Express x1 Two (One available)


                well.. 300w.. think that's enough for at least a 9800GT....

                Might just go with the 9800GT and get a 700 watt OCZ powersupply, if it works with my motherboard that is . . .

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                • #9
                  Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

                  That is an entry level PSU, don't even think about using an upscale card with that. Are you using onboard video now? If so that psu probably doesn't even have a plug for PCI-E card. Use this to help you figure out what psu to get. Put in the info for gear you want to install, not what you have: http://www.antec.outervision.com/ . Good luck on selling your 360, with the price drop and all . I never got a call when I put mine on Craigslist . BTW I have a Evga GTS250 (same as a 980GTX+ in specs) for sale cheap, pm if you're interested. I'm running HD 4850's in Crossfire so I dont need it anymore.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

                    @Chief,

                    Industrial said he's using a 8600GT card right now, so no, it is not onboard graphics.

                    @Industrial,

                    You'll need a good 400W PSU just for the 9800GT. If you're looking at the GTX line, then a good 500W or better PSU would be needed.

                    Here are two good PSUs if you're considering a 9800GT (or any other card that only requires one PCI-E 6-pin plug):
                    1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104954
                    2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817703017

                    If you're considering a GTX or HD4xxx series card...
                    1) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817702010
                    2) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371016
                    3) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341010

                    They're all going to cost you about $50-$65 after shipping.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

                      An entry level PSU? It says PCI-express..


                      Sorry, I'm really bad with computer stuff, that's why I came here.I keep getting sad when I hear my computer can't handle something, then I find out thats incorrect and get hopeful again, and then get confused again.. bah.

                      Really, I don't know which I'd preffer, the 9800GT or the GTS 250, but it sounds like my computer would only really handle the 9800GT, not the GTS 250.


                      I'm just confused, is all. Thanks for helping me though.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

                        You won't handle either one with your current PSU. You might squeak by with an ATI 4770 but I wouldn't push it. A cheap OEM 300 watt PSU just isn't made to handle much of anything. It is made to keep the computer running at the specs shipped by the OEM and to protect profit margins by not costing a whole lot.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

                          Sorry for my last post, I was a bit confused. Thanks, buckets.

                          I'm planning on getting a new PSU, yes, I was just worried about my PCI.

                          Whew.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

                            The PCI-E slot you have now can take 1.1 or 2.0 cards. As long as the video card is made for PCI Express slots, your fine.

                            As for picking between the 9800GT or the GTS250, keep in mind that the GTS250 is basically a rebadged 9800GTX+. Essentially, the card is maybe 10% to 20% better than a 9800GT. They're both roughly around the same price. Either would be a leap or two better than your current 8600GT.
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                            TG World of Tanks Clan Executive Officer
                            Former 9th & 13th

                            Pronounciation: Eh-Cree-Oh Ah-Nay-Ess
                            Still can't say it? Call me Acorn then. -.-





                            SSDs I Own: Kingston HyperX 3K (240 GB), Samsung 840 Pro (256 GB), Samsung 840 EVO (250 GB), Samsung 840 x 2 (120 GB), Plextor M5S (120 GB), OCZ Vertex (30 GB)

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                            • #15
                              Re: Can my motherboard handle new video cards?

                              The box on the 250 says 450W psu with a 25 amp 12 volt rail. I believe thats the dedicated PCI-E plug.

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