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Possible upgrades for a "k8n neo- f"


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Chaosandhavoc

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Just bought a used computer but it seriously needs to be upgraded.

Current Specs:
Motherboard: K8N Neo4-F
Video Card: Radeon X700 series (PCI express)
CPU: AMD Athlon 64X2 Dual Core Processor 4400+
Power supply: 350 Watt

I'm pretty happy with the processor as it's easy to OC (up to 11% safely) but relly need to upgrade the Video Card but don't know what the motherboard can handle.

Edited by Chaosandhavoc, 25 October 2010 - 11:03 PM.

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iammykyl

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Hi Chaosandhavoc, :D

Here is a link to your Mobo product page, > http://www.msi.com/i...o=1&prod_no=249 Spend a little time getting to know the product.

If you did not get a manual with your purchase, I would download it and run the update utility.


Where are you located? You could put than into your profile.

What do you want the computer to do?

How much are you willing to spend?

Depending on how powerful a video card you select, you would probable have to upgrade the PSU.
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Price range 100-200 dollars

mostly used for gaming (runs hellgate london pretty good)

i was thinging of getting a 550 watt psu anyways but i don't know much about compatibility for pcie's, and mobos.

i was looking at (Diamond Radeon HD 2400 Video Card - 256MB GDDR2, PCI, (Dual Link) DVI, VGA, HDTV) but don't know if it's compatible with current system specs.

Edited by Chaosandhavoc, 26 October 2010 - 01:59 AM.

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ok the manual says that it supports:
One PCI Express x16 slot (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a
compliant)
† One PCI Express x1 slots (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a
compliant)
† Four 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots, includes one orange slot which is reserved as
a communication slot.
† Support 3.3V/5V PCI bus Interface

but i don't know what exactly that means. Help?
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iammykyl

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Hi.

An explanation for PCI BUS specifications. >
http://www.10stripe....express-2-0.php
I am away for a couple of days. Will sort out some cards later.

Happen someone else will give suggestion in the mean time.
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phillpower2

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Here are some options for you to consider;
GFX & PSU below your budget before any rebate http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.514500

GFX & PSU slightly over your budget before any rebate but within budget after rebate; http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.514496

GFX below budget before any rebate http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814187098
PSU below budget before any rebate http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139005

GFX slightly over your budget before any rebate but within budget after rebate;
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127521
PSU slightly over your budget before any rebate but within budget after rebate;
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139005
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Hi.

There still seems to be a lot of different takes on PCI express v2.0 cards running in a PCI express v1.0 slot. I can't find a definitive answer. Go here, >
http://www.tomshardw...33-express-slot and lots of related links at the bottom of that page. My opinion is that a v2.0 or 2.1 will work fine seeing that your Mobo is not stone age. BUT you do take the risk of not getting the best from a video upgrade. Technical support from the card manufacturer you choose might give and answer.

From the good selection from Philipower2, I would choose.

Video card, >
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16814127521 I think the Nvidia cards are better for games.

http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817341017 Being modular, less cables in the case. The video card will generate more heat than the existing one so you want to keep the airflow as good as possible.

Both components would be very usable in a mid range future build.
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Mine is the same understanding as yours regarding the cards being backwards compatible iammyky,

From Wikipedia
PCIe 2.0 motherboard slots are fully backward compatible with PCIe v1.x cards. PCIe 2.0 cards are also generally backward compatible with PCIe 1.x motherboards, using the available bandwidth of PCI Express 1.1. Overall, graphic cards or motherboards designed for v 2.0 will be able to work with the other being v 1.1 or v 1.0.

Which basically means you will not quite get a 100% performance from the latest cards.
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