Gigabyte G41-ES2L, can I run 9500 GT

Microsoft Windows 7 home premium
December 7, 2009 at 05:27:10
Specs: Windows 7 home premium 64 bit, P4 660 3.6/3Gig RAM
I just built a system to replace my aging computer (general family use, my dream machine will have to wait)
Question: How effective will be using a 9500 GT (or 9600 GT or GSO) video card with the Gigabyte G41-ES2L MB be (PCIe16 is not 2.0x that the card is rated at)?
Spec's: Gigabyte G41-ES2L, E2160 (Used, I got free), stock Intel Quad heatsink/fan (new,'thrown-in' with other hardware), WD 500G Black SATA, Lite-on DVD SATA, Apevia Java 500-Watt PS, Crucial 4Gig Ballistix 800 kit, Cool Master Elite, 2x120mm fans, Windows 7 Home premium 64Bit. -- onboard Graphics for now.
Only Minimal gaming and some graphics programs
I like the way it is running but had a small issue on simple games (invoked an extra feature and it got very jumpy for a few seconds). Most of our use will not be gaming, but its nice to play sometimes! I tried some minor overclocking, but I probably will not do much of that, though I will probably upgrade the processor down the road a little (the 'Duo's and Quad's should come down more soon). There's a decent buy on a card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card - 512MB DDR2, PCI Express 2.0, SLI Support, (Dual Link) Dual DVI, HDTV, VGA Support
BUT I want to know if this card will work well on this board? Will it just slow down a little from it's potential? I could probably 'get-a-way-with' something lesser, but they're not that much cheeper anymore.
Any advice please? And Thank you in advance!

PS I have posted before and applied the advice and revised my prior plans accordingly.

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December 7, 2009 at 09:46:17
1st of all, you shouldn't double post. The result will be that one or both of your threads will be deleted, so I'm going to post the same response to both threads.

There's built-in backwards compatibility PCI-express so any one of the 3 cards you mentioned will work with your board. Just so you know, 9600GT > 9600GSO > 9500GT. The 9500GT is the worst of the 3 & really isn't much of a gaming card.

"There's a decent buy on a card: EVGA GeForce 9500 GT Video Card"

What do you consider a decent buy? $50-60? You can get a Radeon HD 4670 for about the same price & it's a much better card. It's performance is comparable to the 9600GSO but it doesn't require the 6-pin PCIe plug.

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December 8, 2009 at 21:05:47
note: see follow ups under gaming > PCIe not 2.0x , can I run 9500 GT
sorry about any confusion.

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