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So, I am considering upgrading my graphics card from my 8800gts 320 as it seems to be the bare minimum required for skyrim. I am checking out a few card, mostly the 6850 or something similar.

My question is, do you guys think it will be worth it?
My motherboard seems to be PCI Express 1.0, I know 2.0 was a substantial upgrade to bandwidth as well as the power it is able to supply.

Maximum I am willing to go price wise is about 200 cad.
If you are going to recommend cards, please use http://canadacomputers.com
as I have one right around the corner. (ottawa, merivale location)

Thanks!

EDIT: Ah yes, forgot to update my sigrig, I now have a 24 inch monitor and would prefer to play at native (1920*1080) but know that probably is not feasible with my system.

Edited by [PWN]Schubie - 10/25/11 at 12:02pm
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You will have a minor slow down, but I don't know if it will be substantial enough.

You could probably grab a GTX 560 or lower with that budget, and see a noticeable improvement in gameplay assuming you plan on playing at higher resolutions and settings.
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Ah yes, forgot to update my sigrig, I now have a 24 inch monitor and would prefer to play at native (1920*1080) but know that probably is not feasible with my system.

And you don't know if an upgrade will be substantial enough?
or the fact that it is pci express 1.0 shouldn't make a substantial difference?

Thanks again smile.gif
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http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=039081

I think this would be a fantastic upgrade. that's the one I'd take in that price range. Powerful little card. I don't see any reason you couldn't play at 1080 with that system.
Edited by King Who Dat - 10/25/11 at 12:02pm
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http://canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=036039

Could you go up a little in price? This 560Ti is 209 after rebate.
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Originally Posted by [PWN]Schubie;15449707 
And you don't know if an upgrade will be substantial enough? or the fact that it is pci express 1.0 shouldn't make a substantial difference?

Haha sorry if I didn't make myself clear, it's the latter; I'm not sure if you will have any noticeable difference in performance having a PCI-E 2.0 card in a PCI-E 1.0 slot.

I figure as long as you have a PSU capable of handling a new card, it'll definitely be an improvement over your 8800GTS. I remember way back when when I upgraded from my 8800GT to a GTX 260 c216, the difference was like night and day.
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Get one of the 560ti's from that website, it will be a HUGE increase in performance.
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Awesome, thanks for the help guys, I think I will be picking up one of these tomorrow
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=039003

And not too much was commented on the bandwidth limitations of pci express 1.0 vs. 2.0
Shouldn't be an issue?
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Awesome, thanks for the help guys, I think I will be picking up one of these tomorrow
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=43_557_559&item_id=039003

And not too much was commented on the bandwidth limitations of pci express 1.0 vs. 2.0
Shouldn't be an issue?

It will probably be an issue for benchmarking but surely not for gaming.

PCIe 1.0 x16 = PCIe 2.0 x8 as 2.0 basically doubles the lane throughput of 1.0.

So, your situation is similar to PCIe 2.0 x16 vs PCIe 2.0 x8. For this, various articles and reviews have shown that the performance loss is about 2-4% for 1920x1200. See the chart below for a recent study by Tom's. And your new GTX560 will be similar. No need to worry.

Chart link:
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/pci-express-scaling-p67-chipset-gaming-performance,2887-9.html
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My machine is slower than yours and my video card isn't as fast as what you're looking to get but the difference was absolutely enormous when I upgraded to my 5770 from my old 2900XT. I say go for it.
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