PCI Express question

August 21, 2011 at 10:11:29
Specs: Windows 7, E4300/ 2GB
Hi, first, i want to say tranks for help.
Well, here is my problem. I want to buy myself a new graphic card. My motherboard GA-945GCM-S2 (Gigabyte) ( <<<link) supports PCI Express x 16 slot. I wanna know if Nvidia 520GT or AMD 6450 will fit in. I belive that both have PCIe 2.0. Sorry if i asked in a wrong section.

Thanks for all help,

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August 21, 2011 at 11:18:43
Yes they will fit in the pci-e slot. If you have the manual for it, check to see if the slot is pci-e 1.0 or 2.0. Pci-e 2.0 cards are backwards compatible, but will run at a slower speed. The big question is, will your power supply handle those cards. Open the case and read the label on the psu. The 12 Volt reading is what's important. Check the amperage on the 12 volt rail or rails. You can use the calculator on this page to see if your psu is sufficient.


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August 21, 2011 at 11:37:17
The power supply definitely needs to be checked & possibly upgraded, but I'm curious why you're looking at such low end cards? If you think you're going to have a decent gaming experience with either of the 2 cards you mentioned, you're going to be disappointed. You also need more RAM.


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August 21, 2011 at 12:26:05
Thanks for the replies.

To be honest, i stated those two because i don't have much money to spend (hard to explain). I wont run any heavy games. Im more for the old ones.

Honestly i didnt understand anything what i need to check so here is my psu label. PSU label link

Thanks again for all help,

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August 21, 2011 at 12:34:00

Look at this card. it's an entry level card and will run circles around those two. Your power supply will be fine. This card draws power form the pci-slot and doesn't requir an extra connection. I have this card and it works fine.

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