PCI-E question and best card around 0-100 quid range

Discussion in 'Graphics Cards' started by Dublex, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Dublex

    Dublex Quazatron R6 droid

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    Greetings everyone, its been a long time :dead:

    I'm going to inherit my dads multimedia PC. Its a decent enough spec, Intel Dual Core 2.4Ghz or 2.6Ghz, 3GB RAM, Vista Home Premium 32bit (shame, but we can't all be winners - not a fan of Vitsa) and some silent running vid card that my dad got to be quiet but not game centric.

    I need to upgrade the graphics card sharpish, as from what I know its going to be slower than my old rig's AGP Powercolor 1650 XT card. I plan to get one of these:

    http://www.saverstore.com/product/2...D-4850-512MB-PCI-E-20-HDTVDVI-D-Graphics-Card
    http://www.saverstore.com/product/20030539/SAPPHIRE-RADEON-HD-4850-1GB-GDDR

    Question is, if the newer rig has a 1.0 PCI-E slot will a 2.0 Card work in it? or can anyone suggest a good 1.0 card in the 0 to 100 quid range if it won't? (ATI Preferred but Nvidia is also OK, any sub-man is OK as well).

    I read somewhere that the leap from PCI-E 1.0 to 2.0 wasn't the same as AGP to PCI-E - is this true or a load of old cobbers?

    Any feedback with be great.
     
  2. LordOfLA

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    pcie 2 cards work in pcie 1 slots :)
     
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  3. Dublex

    Dublex Quazatron R6 droid

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    So, just to clatify, would a HD4850 work in a PCI-E 1.0 slot OK int terms of the power consumption / fitting space OK? Just want to make sure I don't order it and find that it doesn't fit!
     
  4. LordOfLA

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    video cards have power plugs on them. They draw no power from pcie bus ports unless you forget to plug them in :)
     
  5. Dublex

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    Righto - probably a misleading article I read about PCI-E 2 sometimes drawing 150 watts from a card which won't work with a PCI-E 1 slot.

    Thanks for your help as usual LordofLA (just tentative with PCI-E stuff as I haven't installed any PCI-E 1.0 or 2.0 cards yet, and if it will work in a 1.0 slot then great!

    :)
     
  6. LeeJend

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    I forget the details but some new PCI-e 2 cards require you to change a setting to "1.0" as a default or they won't work on older PC's. The issue is with the older MB's not the cards themselves. There is a post around OSNN somewhere about what setting was required.

    Aside from that issue they are backwards compatible.

    As Lord said most video cards draw power from add-on connectors not the MB anyway. Make sure you have adapter cables to go from the video card to the standard power supply connectors. Most vid cards will come with the adapter.
     
  7. Sazar

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    They do draw power from the PCI-E ports, the power is simply augmented with the external plugs to allow sufficient juice.
     
  8. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    2 questions. What motherboard do you have and what PSU?

    The card should probably work with pretty much most boards with a pci-e slot. Your bigger concern should be centered around the power delivery. If the PSU is not good enough, you will likely have to shell out a little more for the heart of the system.
     
  9. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT Builder/Installer

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    I just wanted to give my two cents that I'm very happy with my HIS ATI Radeon 4850 512MB. :\