Need PCI-E 2.0 card replacement

guitarxe

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Hi All,

I have a very old motherboard, ASRock P67 Extreme4 (before Gen3), so it does not have a PCI-e 3 slot, only PCI-e 2 slots. And my video card died (it was a gtx 760).
I am trying to find a replacement on a budget ($150-200), and although there are such options they all require PCI-e 3.0 , and I can't find anything that would work with PCI-e 2.0
There are still some much older gen cards that have PCI-e 2.0, but for some reason those are all around $500 (maybe these are from the mining era? or maybe they are priced so high simply because they are out of stock these days?).

Can anyone suggest something please?

I am also confused by the slot specs on my motherboard. They say this:
- 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: Single at x16 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4), or dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4); PCIE5: x4 mode)

What doe they mean by "PCIE2/PCIE4" ? And even "PCIE5" ? Does any of this mean that I still can use a PCI-e 3.0 card with my motherboard?
 

fleshconsumed

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At one time I ran R9 290 which is a PCIe3.0 card on P35 motherboard which only has PCIe1.1. I'm fairly certain majority of the cards will run in PCIe2.0 slot just fine.
 

crazzy.heartz

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Can anyone suggest something please?

What doe they mean by "PCIE2/PCIE4" ? And even "PCIE5" ? Does any of this mean that I still can use a PCI-e 3.0 card with my motherboard?
PCI Gen 3 is backwards compatible with Gen 2, so you can use a PCI 3.0 graphics card in your PCI 2.0 Motherboard. Also, performance trade-off is negligible at lower performance levels.

You can just drop in a GTX 1650 or an RX 570 and both would perform considerably better than GTX 760 for $150-$170. A GTX 1660 would be even better..

Could you share rest of system specifications such as CPU / RAM / Monitor Resolution and if you plan to upgrade any component in the future.
 

Shmee

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Just about any PCIe 3 card should be fine with your system, provided you have an adequate PSU and are not CPU bottlenecked.
 

guitarxe

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I am CPU bottlenecked at this point, I think. I have an Intel i5-2500k.
Here's the rest of my system:

CPU: Intel i5-2500k
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme 4
RAM: 2 x 4GB Gskill DDR3
VGA: Nvidia GTX 760 4GB (now ded)
PSU: 750W

I didn't know that PCI-e slots are backwards compatible, that's a relief!
I'm not so much looking for an upgrade (I need to upgrade everything if I were), as just a replacement card because mine is having consistent hardware issues for over a year now and I just need to replace it with something that works on a budget ($150-200). And if I can use PCI-e 3.0 cards then I'm going to look into Nvidia 1050 TI or similar "mini" cards.

Thanks all!
 

guitarxe

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Ended up buying a Radeon RX 570 (8GB).
I had to update the motherboard BIOS because it was originally complaining about something wrong with PCI-e slot. Googled it and some people suggested that PCI-e 3.0 compatibility requires new BIOS. So I did that and it's working fine now :)
 

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