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To upgrade or Not to Upgrade..

Britty

FPCH New Member
Joined
Jun 1, 2008
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Beginner
#1
that is the question.

Hi to everyone.
I have a rather average HP SR2029.

Intel core duo 2.13ghz
2gb RAM
Nvidia 7500 LE graphics card
Windows XP Pro media centre

With recent game releases i notice very poor or average perfromance such as 'age of conan' at low settings i manage a very poor 20 to 35FPS.

I was thinking along the lines of a XPERTVISION 1GB GeF 9600GT SONIC PCI-E 2.0 to majorly boost the graphics. I keep a very clean system (Auslogics Boostspeed ;)) so CPU speed isn't a major issue.

The question is will my PCI express port be compatable and run a PCI 2.0 graphics card?

Or should i sell a kidney and buy a new rig?
 

Dalo Harkin

FPCH Member
Joined
May 27, 2008
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4,098
Location
Stockport near Manchester
PC Experience
Elite PC Guru
Operating System
Windows Vista - Home Premium
#3
As wolfey has said - its the MOBO that makes the PCI card run at 2.0 the GPU may itself be 2.0 but will only run at 1.0 or 1.1 if the motherboard does not support 2.0.
the 9600 card is not as good as the 8600 in terms of power to cost ratio
 

Dalo Harkin

FPCH Member
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Location
Stockport near Manchester
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Windows Vista - Home Premium
#5
Stay away from a MOBO that uses DDR3 memory it is so expensive and only really benefits a quad core setup - and even then only marginally.
I would hold off on the new MOBOtoo, buy the GPU and see how it runs - upgrading to a PCI 2.0 board may only increase speed marginally.