How to check motherboard graphics card compatibility

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Hi,

I have a pretty old motherboard, its a:
Gigabyte Z68X-UD4-B3

and I'm looking to upgrade my graphics card to a
ASUS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB

How do you I figure out if these components are compatible and secondly will I run into any problems with speed and performance with the motherboard not being able to use the full capability of the new graphics card?

Thank you
 

clutchc

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There's not much problem with PCIe compatibility any more. PCIe is a forward/backward compatible interface. Pick any card you want.

As far as performance, there will be some loss with a PCIe version 1 CPU/board. Version 2 like you have would be fine, tho. What processor is it going to be mated with, and at what screen resolution/vert refresh rate will you be gaming at?
 

clutchc

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The GTX 1070 is going to be a bit overkill at 1080p/60hz, and the i5-2500K might bottleneck it a bit in some games at some times, but there is no problem using the card. If you can OC the CPU, you'll gain more benefit from the GTX 1070.
 
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yeah I plan to OC the CPU and eventually upgrade it.
As for the graphic card being overkill my thinking is that i'll be future proofing for games down the line
 

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