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video card broke, looking to upgrade, need help with choices


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Scoot15638

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Hello,
My GM 5478 is a great computer, 500gb hd, quadcore processor, 4gb ram, my graphics card however is null and void broken. the graphics card is a •NVIDIA® GeForce® 8500GT 256 MB video card. the power supply btw is 400W, im a poor college student who would like to spend 100$ or less, and get a decent graphics card. I am kinda new to upgrading graphics cards or anything, but i was looking at the geforce 8800gtx, but its still rather pricey, can anyone help me with what is the best graphics card i can get with 100$ for this computer, thanks for the help
-scott
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Hi Scoot15638 :)
Your psu is not powerful enough to run the 8800gtx, see the minimum power requirements at the attached link (used for reference only) http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814130072
but it will run this http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150451 hope this helps.
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i guess that wont work, its a pci 1.0x16 slot, not a 2.0x16
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Bit of confusion here over pcie 1.0 x16 and pcie x1.
PCI-E graphics cards have what are called rev numbers and the rev numbers that I am aware of are rev 1.0, 2.0 and 2.1, rev 2.0 cards will work in a rev 1.0 slot but just not to the maximum capability of the card, I have read though that rev 2.1 cards can be a bit problematic when placed in a rev 1.0 slot.
The specs for your computer show that you can place a pcie rev 2.0 x16 in your pcie rev 1.0 x16 slot;
Add-in Card Slots •One PCI Express ×16 (graphics interface)
Two PCI Express ×1
•One PCI conventional
See the link below where another person has asked for information on this very issue;
http://www.tomshardw...express-express

EDIT: Some further clarification on rev 1.0 and 2.0 can be found at the attached link http://www.10stripe....express-2-0.php

Edited by phillpower2, 13 September 2010 - 03:18 AM.

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Yea, after i posted that about the pci-e slot i figured it all out and feel kinda dumb about posting that comment but i finalized my choice for a graphics card only to wake up today and see that the after mail in rebate price went up from 69.99 to 99.99.....im really annoyed because that was a really good deal for new egg but not anymore.
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814150479
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