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Windows 7: What should i consider when buying a graphics card?

30 Dec 2011   #1

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What should i consider when buying a graphics card?

My motherboard supports PCI express x16, but i have been seeing pci express 2.1 x16 online. I wanted to know if those would work with my mother board.

com specs:

HP Pavilion p6210y Desktop PC Product Specifications HP Pavilion p6210y Desktop PC - HP Customer Care (United States - English)

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30 Dec 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

the appalling information given by HP doesnt even detail what kind of pci version it has.
Its definitely pci e and 16x lol, id hazard a guess at 2.0.

Now that doesnt hugely matter as PCI is backwards compatible, and the difference between a pci 2.1 and 2.0 is minimal, the speed tranfers are still the same.

Im going to be blunt and say you cant really upgrade your GPU to anything half decent with your current power supply. As its only 300w it is less than most modern cards draw.
a 500w+ is recommended.

so you need to factor in the price of a branded PSU before you look into getting a new card.
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