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03-31-2012 01:24 PM
I have a P6719c with the N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix) motherboard. It has a PCI Express x16 slot for a video card. Is this slot and teh motherboard compatible with the PCI Express 2.0 cards, or would I have to stay with teh PCI Exptress 1.0 cards?
I know I have to upgrade the power supply.
03-31-2012 02:32 PM - edited 03-31-2012 02:37 PM
A PCI-E version 2 card shouldn't be a problem. I would stay away from the Radeon HD 5xxx series cards.
Read through this posted document.
Review the bios and software updates for your PC. The latest bios updates fixes quite a few issues.
What applications are you using that will require a discrete video card and a power supply upgrade?
03-31-2012 02:52 PM
I want to purchase Mass Effect 3, and if I am reading the hardware recommendation correctly, the current on board video does not meet the minimum requirements.
03-31-2012 03:34 PM - edited 03-31-2012 03:37 PM
A mid-range video card should work well for your game.
This Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 is $125 after rebate.
This EVGA NVIDIA 550 TI is $110 after rebate.
Here is a comparison between the 6850 and the 550 TI.
This Corsair CX500 is an excellent power supply. It's $50 after rebate.
These HP 'how-to" articles should be helpful.
04-01-2012 04:36 PM
True, thats the real test. The video card and power suppply should arrive this week, so I know what I will be doing saturday.
Then I can test ME3.