Question Will an Intel C206 motherboard work with a 1080 TI?

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I have an Intel C206 motherboard (using a Lenovo Thinkstation E30 if it's not specific enough) and I want to replace my GPU with a 1080 TI.
Considering I replace my power supply to match the 1080 TI, will the 1080 TI fit/work with the motherboard?

Thanks for all your help!
 

Phaaze88

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That's just a bad idea.
Not enough available bandwith with that mobo. Only 8 pcie 2.0 lanes = 4000MB/s of bandwith(not taking into account other devices you have plugged into the other pci slots on the mobo)
Today's cards can run at pcie 3.0 x8 without a performance hit: 7880MB/s.
The card's performance will be impacted on that mobo.

Replace that motherboard - and cpu - before trying to drop a 1080Ti in there.
 
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That's just a bad idea.
Not enough available bandwith with that mobo. Only 8 pcie 2.0 lanes = 4000MB/s of bandwith(not taking into account other devices you have plugged into the other pci slots on the mobo)
Today's cards can run at pcie 3.0 x8 without a performance hit: 7880MB/s.
The card's performance will be impacted on that mobo.

Replace that motherboard - and cpu - before trying to drop a 1080Ti in there.
That would cost a lot of money, and it would be very difficult as I've never replaced any computer hardware before. I've asked that question here (https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/should-i-buy-a-used-1080-ti-or-split-the-500-into-both-a-cpu-gpu.3516741/ ), and was advised that my CPU runs well enough.

Would I just be better off buying both a new GPU/CPU that isn't THAT powerful, as to not have to replace my motherboard and power supply?
 

Phaaze88

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That would cost a lot of money, and it would be very difficult as I've never replaced any computer hardware before. I've asked that question here (https://forums.tomshardware.com/threads/should-i-buy-a-used-1080-ti-or-split-the-500-into-both-a-cpu-gpu.3516741/ ), and was advised that my CPU runs well enough.
And that would've been correct, if it weren't for that motherboard.

Would I just be better off buying both a new GPU/CPU that isn't THAT powerful, as to not have to replace my motherboard and power supply?
What is your current power supply? There's should be a label on the unit somewhere...

Budget?
Rx 570/580
Rx 5700/XT
RTX 2070 Super
 
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And that would've been correct, if it weren't for that motherboard.


What is your current power supply? There's should be a label on the unit somewhere...

Budget?
Rx 570/580
Rx 5700/XT
RTX 2070 Super
I've already decided on an AMD Ryzen 7 2700 and a Radeon RX Vega 56, though I am still researching for any better/cost efficient ones. I just dissasembled my computer and this is the power supply.

Liteon PS-5281-02VA-RoHS 45J9433 280W PSU Power Supply
Some specs:
  • Main
    • 24-Pin (2x12) ATX12V Standard
  • VRM (voltage regulator module)
    • 1 x 4-Pin (2x2) Standard (PCI/PCIe)
    • 2 x 10-Pin (2x5) Standard (CPU/memory)
  • 280 Watts Output
  • Voltage : 100-127 volts/9.2 amps, 200-240 volts/ 4.6 amps, 50/60 Hz
Also, my budget is around $500 CAD, which I was going to use on the 1080 TI alone, but am now very doubtful about it. I'll probably be forced to buy an extra power supply + motherboard from what I understand at this point.

EDIT: I've decided to just buy a new processor/motherboard/power supply/cpu/gpu (basically building a pc at this point).
 
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Phaaze88

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You're literally going to be starting from scratch...
[Add a new case to the list as well if you want front usb 3.0.]

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($167.99 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $475.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-24 22:12 EDT-0400

[Get by on the 2400g's igpu until you can afford a new gpu.]

I tried to come up with combinations for a Ryzen 2600, but they all go over budget when trying to include a gpu:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($181.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($83.95 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 4 GB Gaming 4G Video Card ($159.00 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $541.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-24 22:24 EDT-0400

[This build has no new case, 8GBs of ram(you will want 16GBs at some point), and an Rx 570 4GB model(the best gpu for budget builds, as far as retail prices go.).]
 
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You're literally going to be starting from scratch...
[Add a new case to the list as well if you want front usb 3.0.]

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($167.99 @ Vuugo)
Motherboard: Gigabyte B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($99.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Memory: Team T-FORCE VULCAN Z 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($92.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Case: Cooler Master MasterBox Q300L MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($54.99 @ Amazon Canada)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $475.95
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-24 22:12 EDT-0400

[Get by on the 2400g's igpu until you can afford a new gpu.]

I tried to come up with combinations for a Ryzen 2600, but they all go over budget when trying to include a gpu:
PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 GHz 6-Core Processor ($181.50 @ shopRBC)
Motherboard: ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($83.95 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 4 GB Gaming 4G Video Card ($159.00 @ Canada Computers)
Power Supply: Corsair CXM 550 W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $541.43
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-08-24 22:24 EDT-0400

[This build has no new case, 8GBs of ram(you will want 16GBs at some point), and an Rx 570 4GB model(the best gpu for budget builds, as far as retail prices go.).]
I see my $500 budget was pretty exaggerated. Buying an entirely new PC and having to build it isn't really going to be worth it for a slight speed difference, compared to what I have now. I also want my computer to last through the years, I don't want it to go obsolete quickly whatsoever. I'll probably buy the $500 CAD 1080 TI as it has extremely good specs, and ill build around that.

The motherboard, power supply, and memory recommendations are great, ill check out eBay/kijiji for some cheaper deals but I'd probably go for those new. I already have 3 RAM cards equaling to 4-4-2gb each, so if I buy a single 16gb (or an 8-8 pair, which I think is better?) I can get 24gb of ram, which is overkill. I've also been eyeing an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X which should last a long time as my CPU. I'll watch out for a 16-pin PCIe for my GPU, and I will also just reuse my case that I already have, no point in buying another one. The PC might be a bit expensive, but it's totally worth it as long as it's fast and lasts.

I'm a bit scared of the amount of hardware I have to buy and install at this point, but I hope it'll be fun and simple.

Thanks so much for all of your time and help!! Probably would have messed up a ton without it.
 

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