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PCI(e) x16 3.0 GPU into a PCI(e) slot (giggity)

Discussion in 'Building a new PC' started by KraDe, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. KraDe

    KraDe Member

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    Backstory:
    3 years ago. Kitty spilled water bottle on table, water trickled into top exhaust fan, GPU started singing Fireworks by Katy Perry and died.

    Goal:
    To re-build my gaming rig; buy a new graphics card, and finally start gaming again.

    Question/Dilemma
    New graphic cards are mostly PCI(e) 3.0, so I'm not sure if buying a good one would be overkill, or severely bottle-necked by the fact that my mobo is PCI(e) x16. I've learned about backwards compatibility and that a 3.0 card will definitely work, but my Q is how much of it will be limited? Would it be overkill to buy a MSI GTX 660 2GB PCI Express 3.0 x16 video card? Because I'm aware the bandwidth will be limited, therefore decreasing the speed/performance of rendering the graphics. How bad/noticable is it?

    Current Motherboard

    Do share your opinions!
    Danke
     
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  2. KraDe

    KraDe Member

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    Found this chart. Suffice to say the drop won't that significant. I'm ordering my card right now! YIPPEE!

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  3. aldan

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    i doubt you would even notice a difference.
     
  4. ddp

    ddp Moderator Staff Member

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    your motherboard might have ver 2 pcie /16.
     

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