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Old April 26, 2009, 10:57 PM
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I am building a budget gaming system (AMD 939 socket) and got myself a DFI Ultra-D Lanparty motherboard.

I know of some newer cards that are backwards compatible with PCI-E 1.0. For example the 8800 series. But...

I plan on building a better machine when I have the funds, so should I get a dual duty card, as it were, that will work with my old school setup as well as a better machine should I upgrade? Or just fluff the wasted cash, sell the slower setup when I upgrade and get a new one when the time comes?
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Old April 27, 2009, 06:05 AM
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As far as I know all PCIe 2.0 cards are backward compatible. So the choice is really yours.

Whats powering the graphics side of things in it right now?
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Old April 27, 2009, 10:00 AM
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I agree with IRQ, I was running a 9800gtx+ pcie 2.0 in a mobo with pcie 1.0 everything seemed to be fine. The big question is what's u'r current parts ie cpu single or dual core, mhz?, gpu, monitor and res, what games are u shooting for?
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Old April 27, 2009, 10:45 AM
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I agree with IRQ, I was running a 9800gtx+ pcie 2.0 in a mobo with pcie 1.0 everything seemed to be fine. The big question is what's u'r current parts ie cpu single or dual core, mhz?, gpu, monitor and res, what games are u shooting for?
Athlon X2 Dual Core 4600+ @ 2.4GHz
19" Monitor @ 1280x1024, but I would like to get a larger monitor in the future as I watch quite a bit of video on my computer. Let's say a 22" or 24" widescreen.
As for games, I play a lot of the Source engine, COD4, and recently Demigod.
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Old April 27, 2009, 11:59 AM
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Go and pick up a 1GB 4890 video card. You can have fun today, and also tomorrow once you upgrade your PC. It will work just fine with PCI-E 1.0.
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also keep in mind which PSU are you using? if its an older 400-500 watt then you might be in trouble with something like a 4890
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Go and pick up a 1GB 4890 video card. You can have fun today, and also tomorrow once you upgrade your PC. It will work just fine with PCI-E 1.0.
I wouldn't buy a GPU that's worth more than the whole system

HD4830, HD4770 (when it comes out), 9800GT, 9800GTX/GTS250. All normally <$200 and will be plenty for those games you run.
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I wouldn't buy a GPU that's worth more than the whole system
I would, if it is as the OP pointed out. A stop gap till he/she upgrades.

I agree with the rooster, If you can afford it and you have a PSU that's capable the HD 4890 is one sweet GPU.
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I wouldn't buy a GPU that's worth more than the whole system

HD4830, HD4770 (when it comes out), 9800GT, 9800GTX/GTS250. All normally <$200 and will be plenty for those games you run.
What he said - even the venerable 8800GT would fit the bill quite nicely. And cheap.
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Old April 27, 2009, 06:53 PM
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Yup, if cheap is what your after. Then I would buy the 8800 too. Then put a system together with a better card. It's hard to know what is going on in someone else's brain/wallet though.

Keep in mind he/she said "I would like to get a larger monitor in the future as I watch quite a bit of video on my computer".

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