Selecting a graphic card for my older system


Mar 12, 2012
I'm looking for advice on getting an optimal graphics card for my older system. I apologize if this is the wrongly formatted for this inquiry. My main concern is that my older motherboard is 1.0 PCI-E. I realized it will be fully compatible with almost all graphics cards out there, but my question is will my motherboard fully utilize a 2.0 card power, should I get a 1.0 (1.1?) card, or stick with my 9600gt due to insignificant performance gain? I was looking at the Radeon HD 6770, but was looking for advice on what is the optimal card for my build?

Board: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. GA-MA770-S3
2.20 gigahertz AMD Phenom 9500 Quad-Core
4096 Megabytes
NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT
Ricardois is incorrect, the HD6770 is nowhere near fast enough to be effected by the PCI-E 1.0 interface on your motherboard.
You'll certainly see a good boost from the graphics upgrade although if you have a full HD monitor, you might be better off with a stronger card.
Do n't forget, a stronger graphics card will draw more power, so check your PSU is up to the job before making a decision.
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