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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Walrus, May 29, 2012.

  1. Walrus New Member

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    I am building a PC and my graphics card is a Gtx 670 FTW 2gb and has a 3.0 x 16 PCI slot, while my motherboard only has a 2.0 x 16 PCI slot (GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard)
    Should I buy a different motherboard that supports 3.0 for future proofing my machine, and will it make my graphics card run slower if I use a 2.0.
    My Current Build:
    Intel i5 2500k
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    Sandisk Extreme 120gb SSD
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    Windows 7 Home
    GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard ( Please feel free to suggest other motherboards)

    Thanks,
    Walrus
     
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    Nope waste of money PCI-E 2.0 has plenty of bandwidth for any card in the foreseeable future.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI-Express_Scaling/
     
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    Thank you very much for the link and information.
    Should i upgrade my chipset for better performance such as going to the z77?
     
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    cadaveca My name is Dave

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    It won't add more performance, but it wil ladd other features. W1zz's testing shows about 1% differnece form PCIe 2.0 to PCIe 3.0, so there is very little to be gained there with a single card.
     
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  5. Walrus New Member

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    In your opinion what motherboard would be the best for me. Budget of $180
     
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    lyndonguitar I play games

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    get the 2.0, by the time GPUs will really NEED 3.0, you wont need that mobo anymore
     

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