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post #11 of 24
Yes, you will see an increase in some games. You don't need a X48 motherboard though, if you don't plan on going crossfire.
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Well damn, I got my car back from the shop tonight and it cost me $800 to get it out This really screws up the updates I had planned for my computer so now I have a choice, I can either get an Antec Twelve Hundred or an X48 mobo. I don't have the money to get both so I'll have to decide which one will be worth my money.

Right now I'm leaning towards the Antec because my current case isn't really cooling my components very well and I want something a little bit larger. If switching to a mobo that has PCI-E 2.0 won't give me a noticeable performance increase then I'm thinking I could hold off for a little while until I can save up some more money.
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post #13 of 24
No, just use PCI-E 1.1, PCI-E 2.0 is pretty useless, maybe a LITTLE performance gain due to it being a 4870
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post #14 of 24
The 4870 is about the fastest card I'd personally use in a PCIe 1.1 slot myself. The cards are FINALLY starting to become limited by PCIe 1.1. However in your case.....get the Antec case instead. You wouldn't even miss the extra PCIe bandwidth since you haven't even seen it yet. That card will STILL perform absolutely brilliantly...I see no reason to upgrade your motherboard just yet.

However if you decide you want Crossfire in the future, I'd recommend a new motherboard before a Crossfire option .
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post #15 of 24
The HD3850 is limited by a PCI-e 1.1 slot in some games. Other games it makes no difference at all.

I say go with the X48 over the case.
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Originally Posted by Anth0789 View Post
A mobo upgrade for PCI-E 2.0 would not be worth it. Keep your mobo you have its more than enough to handle plus even though you would get a PCI-E 2.0 you wouldn't notice a difference.
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No, just use PCI-E 1.1, PCI-E 2.0 is pretty useless, maybe a LITTLE performance gain due to it being a 4870
What horrible and clearly infactual advice. Here he is buying a brand new fast as buggery card and you people are telling him to use dated technology that will limit it.

His graphics card could use the full bandwidth that 2.0 offers. Saying there won't be a performance increase is just silly.

From using an 8800GT with PCI-E 1.1, I was getting roughly 25FPS in Crysis at 1024x768 on very high. After upgrading and using PCI-E 2.0, that went up to 31FPS. At that level of detail and those sorts of FPS's, 5-6FPS is good and noticable.

However, go with the case and get your PC cooler. That's more important than 5-6FPS.
    
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Well I was just thinking that 5fps really won't matter considering how powerful the card is to start with. If I was playing games in the 20fps area, then I definitely think it would be worth it. But for the time being, I think I'm just going to get the case since I found it online for only $165 shipped (compared to $185-$215) Thanks for all the help guys!
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What card are you upgrading from?
    
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I had an 8800GTS 512 but it died on me within 2 weeks of using it, so I got a refund from newegg for it. I'm not really liking what Nvidia is doing is right now which is why I'm going with ATI this round.
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But will it work in a 1.0 pci-e slot?
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