1) PCIe backward compatible, can it acept my old PCI cards?
2) Other then the size of the slot what is the diff between PCIe x1 and x16
Ok so this is what I currently have
CPU Celeron 1GHz on socket 370
AGP 8x with ATI Radeon 9200
I have developed a skill and interest in 3D modleing, 3D gameing and Programming, so I need a system that will not be slow with these sorts of activities. I also have a tendancy to have multiple programins running and switch back and fourth. I run Win XP Pro SP1.
So far I have found a few boards I am seriously looking at buying, none have PCIe but have other stuff like SATA
Do you think any of these would suit my 3D and Programming needs?
Mach Speed PT88AS
Also it seems the boards with PCIe do not have AGP 8X, or are there some that have both? My current Graphics card is AGP and I think I can get more out of it with the beter board, I dont realy have the budget for a new card too.
I was looking at 512MB DDR RAM around either 333 or 400 as these boards support, but is there any real difernce in brand names?
Anyone with experince in PCChips/Gigabye or Mach Speed board manufactures? Are they good brands?