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Windows 7: What is the best graphics card for PCI-Express 1.0


19 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Proffesional 32 bit
 
 
What is the best graphics card for PCI-Express 1.0

Hello,
I'm thinking of upgrading my graphics card but the problem is that my PC is 4,5 years old and it has PCI-Express 1.0 and all new graphics card supports up to 2.0.
So what is the best Graphics card for 1.0 PCi-e ?

PC Specs:
CPU:Intel Pentium e2200 @ 2.20 GHz
RAM: 2GB DDR2
Current Graphics Card:Nvidia 8500GT
PSU:480W
MOtherboard:Biostar P31-A7
OS:Windows 7 Professional



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19 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

While it's not guaranteed, PCI-E X16 2.0, 2.1, and 3.0 cards are all supposed to be backwards compatible with your X16 1.0 slot.

What's your budget?

You may find this worth a look:

Best PCIe Card: $110 And Under : Best Graphics Cards For The Money: September 2012

(I'm not a fan of that site, but their recommendations seem consistent with what I've seen around the Web.)
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20 Oct 2012   #3

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

PCIe 1.0 is just a bit better than AGP 8x, so top dog cards that were available with an AGP slot are ok for that.

Still, if you want something that supports modern features like say DX 11 and shader 5, your best bet is the page bobkn linked, as they should work on PCIe 1.0 just fine.
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20 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 home premium 64bit sp1
 
 

KILL IT WITH FIRE! I'm sorry dude but that comp will never run current games ever. 1. Very few games will run on 2gb of ram now & 2. That CPU is so slow it will bottleneck any GPU you put in it. Your best option is to get rid of it & build a new computer
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20 Oct 2012   #5

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bradscoolio View Post
KILL IT WITH FIRE! I'm sorry dude but that comp will never run current games ever. 1. Very few games will run on 2gb of ram now & 2. That CPU is so slow it will bottleneck any GPU you put in it. Your best option is to get rid of it & build a new computer
Sorry man, but this is not true.
I have a pc with a Core 2 Duo E6300 @1.86 GHz, 3 GB DDR2 and a GTS 450 and i run most games at high settings @1600x900 with minimum lags. I also overclocked a little the GPU and now I get like a mid-end PC.

A pentium dual core is not SO slow. Yeah, it is a slow CPU, but decent and capable of discrete GPUs. Also a GPU can be buyed not only for gaming, maybe goshet0 needs a low-end GPU but capable of some new tecnologies (DirectX 11, Shader Model 5, OpenGL 4.1 and many others...) or a discrete GPU to watch HD videos.

A pentium dual core @2.2 GHz is a little slower than my Core 2 Duo. So it will NOT bottleneck mid-range GPUs.

PCI Express 1.1/2.0/2.1/3.0 cards are compatible with PCI Express 1.0 slots, but some have issues with it. I experienced issues with a Radeon HD 5670 (with no external power connectors) in my Asus P5LP-LE, which has one PCI Express 1.1 slot. The card didn't show any imput on screen. Then I installed a PCI Express 2.0 card (a GTS 450) with an external power connector and it worked well.

So my suggestion is to avoid graphics cards with PCI Express 2.1 or 3.0, especially if they don't draw power with external connectors, if you aren't 100% sure that the graphics card will work. The performance difference between PCI Express 1.0 and PCI Express 3.0 isn't noticeable if you don't use advanced features or ultra high resolutions.

Since i had issues with Ati cards, i suggest you to get a GTS 450, which is a good PCI Express 2.0 mid-range card. GTX 550 Ti and GTX 650 Ti/non Ti are also good cards, but they are both PCI Express 2.1/3.0 cards, and I'm not sure they will work. These are the best Nvidia GPU you can fit in your system with minimal or null bottleneck by your CPU.
Don't take too powerful graphics card, because your CPU (the Pentium dual core) will bottleneck it. For example, a GTX 670 or a Radeon HD 7850 will be a waste on your pc. A GTX 650 probably will be a waste too, so don't go so high.

If you aren't going to buy a new pc in short times, get a new mid-range GPU. If you are going to buy a new pc in a little time, i suggest you to save your money and keep your 8500GT.

[the GPU i listed are all OK with your PSU]
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27 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 home premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Don't waste your time doing anything on such a low end system. You're better off buying a new computer
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27 Oct 2012   #7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bradscoolio View Post
Don't waste your time doing anything on such a low end system. You're better off buying a new computer
Maybe he don't need gaming, but this pc can be used for other purposes.

Yes, it can be upgraded, just don't spend a lot of money on it.
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