nanoflower wrote:If that MB truly only has 1.0 PCI-E slots then I don't think it will work. However, I believe that you probably have PCI-E 1.1 slots which should work. I did some research last week and found that Nvidia cards (including the 600 series ) are supposed to work fine in 1.1 slots. AMD cards (including the 7000 series) are supposed to work but may not due to how they implemented their power savings (taking advantage of some of the newer PCI-E features.) I can't say for sure that any of this is true but it's what I've read from someone that supposedly checked with AMD/Nvidia people in addition to doing a few checks him/herself.
morphine wrote:1 - Theoretically it should work.
2 - Yes, if you had the CPU to match. Given that as far as I can tell, the Total War games are CPU-bound, you'd still see a boost, but just not as big as you'd hoped.
3 - No idea, really.
4 - Yes. By a lot.
5 - Probably a GTX 560 ($170), or the AMD equivalent (7850? Can't recall at the moment).
My recommendation? Save money and upgrade the whole thing.
DPete27 wrote:If you're interested, here is an article that includes CPU gaming performance comparisons including a Core2 Duo E6400 for your comparison. Keep in mind that most of the games used in that article are CPU bound, which isn't the case for all games. Unfortunately TR decided NOT to include an i3 in their latest inside the second gaming with CPUs article. Shame.
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