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Old 09-06-2012, 05:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi looking to update this system when i built it i did not know the diffrence in regular 16x pci-e and 2.0a pci-e so the motherboard i bought dose not support it. what id like is some advice on a new motherboard that takes these parts i aready got but can take the newer 2.0 cards

RAIDMAX SMILODON ATX-612WBP Black 1.0mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Foldout MB Computer Case With 500W Power Supply

MSI P6N SLI Platinum LGA 775 NVIDIA nForce 650i SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

G.SKILL 4GB (4 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3500630AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive (Perpendicular Recording) -Bare Drive

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Kentsfield 2.4GHz LGA 775 Quad-Core Processor BX80562Q6600

Sony Optiarc CD Burner Black E-IDE(ATAPI) Model CRX230EE/B2 W/O SW

SAMSUNG 20X DVDĪR DVD Burner with LightScribe Black PATA Model SH-S202N LightScribe Support

MSI NX8600GT-T2D512E OC GeForce 8600 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Support Video Card
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First, I would consider upgrading the PSU. Raidmax is about the worst you can get. You are endangering your entire system. Look at Corsair TX650 or similar. It will last you many upgrades.

Secondly, PCI-e 2.0 is back compatible with PCI-e 1.0, so you have nothing to worry about. But if you wanted a new motherboard, like with more features perhaps, I would look at getting a 1155 socket board. It's more up to date than what you have. Albeit, you have to get new DDR3 RAM and CPU.

I would upgrade that card to something like a GT 440 or something. Unless you have the money and can afford a 550Ti or 560Ti.

What's your budget and location?
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Your board has 16x 1.0a slots which are essentially the same speed as an 8x 2.0 slot. Most cards besides the 680 and 7970 will run fine on that actually.

If you want a newer board you will have to look for used or "new" P45 or X48 boards on Ebay or online that has 2.0 slots as retailers do not sell those boards anymore. Either that, or you have to upgrade entirely.

As was already said, if you want to purchase a newer GPU like a 560ti, 670, 7950 or whatever the card will run fine in your current slots, but you will need to upgrade your PSU. Actually, I advice on that either way.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thank you for the fast replies i have been meaning to do my PSU just havent gotten on that
now when i did biuld the systen 4-5 years ago i originaly got
XFX PVT94PYDE4 GeForce 9600GT Extreme 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card
which kepted crashing my system so i thought the Motherboard was incompatible with the 2.0 card
atm im on newegg looking at this card
ZOTAC ZT-40708-10L GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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Nope, not the motherboard. It was probably the PSU, heat, or drivers.

Newegg.com - ECS NGT440-512QI-F1 GeForce GT 440 (Fermi) 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card

If a 440 is what you want then that one would be better.

For the money, this card would be much better.
Newegg.com - Open Box: AMD 633897-ZH1 Radeon HD 6770 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 Video Card
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