Upgrading video card to older motherboard

Discussion in 'Computers & Technology' started by corporatesteve, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. corporatesteve

    The Future

    Hey everyone,

    I have a Asus P5B deluxe mother board
    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_775/P5B_Deluxe/
    and im running it with an intel core 2 quad @ 2.40 Ghz.
    2 GB DDR2 RAM ( Upgrading to 4GB DDR2 soon )
    My current video card is an Asus EN8800gts 512mb.


    If I were to upgrade my video card to an EVGA GTX 550 Ti 1gb
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130625
    to my current ASUS P5B deluxe mother board. Would it be able to take it?

    I do understand the 2.0 will fit the ASUS 1.0 because its backwards compatible... but will it affect performance in anyway? if it does, how so?

    Im just worried if my Mobo will take it.

    Thanks for the help!:sly:

    ( Prepping for guild wars 2 )
  2. bergauk

    California

    Probably not in any real noticeable way. I've been planning a videocard upgrade for the longest time and I'm in the same boat as you, however I plan on using a PCI-E Gen 3 card and I don't foresee and major issues other than not having the full PCI-E bandwidth, which generally no one is able to fully use in the first place. For a little bit more into, I'd suggest looking at the Wikipedia page on PCI-E and reading about the bandwidth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_Express

    Bottom line, it might be a bottleneck, it might not be. The only way to check is to take the plunge and buy it.

    One other thing to check out before you make the purchase is if your power supply can handle the card.
  3. tlowr4

    Premium
    Australia Australia
    PSN:N/A

    The difference will be very minute, and almost un-noticable in realtime games etc. Only way you will really see a difference is in synthetic benchmarks.
  4. corporatesteve

    The Future

    Thanks for the info. Im currently using a 750w power supply so I know it can handle it.
  5. nick09

    Premium
    United States NY
    PSN:nlck09

    One thing for sure is that the GPU will be bottlenecked by the PCIE Gen 1 bandwidth. I would not suggest getting the GPU at all. The GPU will be limited by the bandwidth and there will be a limit of the fps of your system vs a motherboard with PCIE 2.0 slots. Your computer as is will be able to play Guild Wars 2. Even right now it's above minimum system requirements for Guild Wars 2 and your system meets some of the recommended requirements for the processor(It says at least 2.13GHz C2Q) and ram(after that 4GB upgrade).

    I say try the game on your current setup after you do the memory upgrade and see how it runs before you spend money that you don't need to.
  6. corporatesteve

    The Future

    I did notice my computer does pass all the requirements but I wanted to upgrade the GPU to 1gig. I will have to weigh my options on this. I have a feeling i might get bottlenecked to 20-30 fps when I should be getting high 40-60's.


    I do plan to build a new computer around Jan of next year. So maybe ill save the money and wait. However 130 dollars for a video card upgrade is not that bad. Problem with guild wars is everyone is having diff requirements. I want to be able to run medium on it. Hopefully GW2 will be able to fix this problem since it seems the right normal setup for this game is an i5 2500k/ Gt500 + GPU's/ 8gig DDR3.
  7. nick09

    Premium
    United States NY
    PSN:nlck09

    Well I'd suggest something from $100-$120 if you want a little upgrade, like this card. This graphics card should easily give you medium graphics.
  8. corporatesteve

    The Future

    ok just purchased this :)

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  9. tlowr4

    Premium
    Australia Australia
    PSN:N/A

    ^^ NICE WORK! Wow, that's great. I was chasing a 460 for a friend, but the cheapest I can get it is $120, and it's a stock cooler which kinda sucks.
  10. Gabkicks

    USA
    PSN:Gabkicks

  11. tlowr4

    Premium
    Australia Australia
    PSN:N/A

    ^^ I'm in Australia mate, and it costs to much for a courier to ship it over unless I buy a large amount of parts from Newegg. Thanks though.

    Also, might wanna watch your grammar, and type 'one' instead of '1'. :tup: 1 iz look liek txt speek.