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New PCI Express graphics card in old motherboard ?

  • 17-12-2014 11:06pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 8,016 ✭✭✭ CreepingDeath

    I'm not a "serious" gamer, my main games pc is over 5 years old.

    CPU : Quad core Q6700
    Motherboard : Penryn 1600 SLI
    Graphics Card: GeForce 9800 GTX
    PSU : 600w

    I see a bargains alert for an Sapphire AMD R9 280.

    It's says it's a PCI-E interface, and the Penryn 1600 SLI motherboard says it supports "3 x PCI Express x16 slots (white @ x16 mode, yellow @ x8 mode) ".

    So do you reckon it'll fit/work ?
    Or is there anything fundamental that ye can pick up straight off that's incompatible ?



  • Registered Users Posts: 36,071 ✭✭✭✭ ED E

    Should work fine, but it'll be bottlenecked by the CPU so you wont see the full benefit of it.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 29,935 ✭✭✭✭ TerrorFirmer

    With that machine, just go for a €100 GTX750. Even that will be bottle necked in many games by that old CPU.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,016 ✭✭✭ CreepingDeath

    Thanks for the replies.

    The current setup runs adequately enough for me to play Crysis 1 & 2.
    Just not sure I want to shell out €200 for a graphics card just to play Crysis 3.

    But good to know it "should" work.