good or bad???

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by henno, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. henno

    henno Obliviot

    Apr 26, 2011
    I have a computer that i bought a couple of years ago and it was really good back then. I dont know much about computers but was hoping someone could help me by telling me if the motherboard is good enough to to build up so i could run the latest games? It is a Intel Desktop board D975XBX

    Any help would be great!
  2. TheCrimsonStar

    TheCrimsonStar Tech Monkey

    Apr 12, 2010
    Strawberry Plains, TN
    that is a SERIOUSLY outdated way it'll be able to run the latest games. It doesn't even have PCIe 2.0, meaning you won't be able to use ANY of the newest graphics cards. If I were you I'd get a new motherboard...
  3. Greg King

    Greg King I just kinda show up... Staff Member

    Jul 12, 2005
    What games are you wanting to run? Crimson is right in saying that you are eliminating the chance to use the most recent video cards.

    What CPU are you looking to use? Would it be upgraded as well?

    I stop short of suggesting that you purchase all new gear but you could get an updated motherboard, use your current DDR2 RAM and then look into a newer video card.

    What are your hardware specs currently?
  4. DarkStarr

    DarkStarr Tech Monkey

    Apr 9, 2010
    We need the full specs, but IMO you are going to need a entire new PC or 90% new one. Probably CPU/Mobo/Ram (I say ram since DDR2 prices are going up a bit and DDR3 is really cheap now) as well as a GPU. Then depending on PSU possibly need a new one too. Depending on hardware or preferences you may need a new case.

    EDIT: Well now, that board isnt too bad but if your looking at a new CPU and GPU you may as well get the faster newer CPU and mobo/ram.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011
  5. misterd

    misterd Obliviot

    Mar 23, 2011
    Atlantic Canada
    PCI-e is backwards compatible isn't it? He wouldn't get the same speed as having it in a 16x 2.0 slot but it should still work I would think.

    However DarkStarr is correct in saying it's time for a new PC. That motherboard only supports at best a C2D E6700, not even any model of quad core.

    The hard drive and optical drive and case would probably be re-usable if needed. But 90% new is a fair guess. Good luck!
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2011
  6. Optix

    Optix Basket Chassis Staff Member

    Dec 15, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    The slot can be backwards compatible with cards (PCI-E 2.0 slot will work with PCI-E 1.0 cards) but if you go the other way around, there's no way to guarantee that the card will get enough voltage because the newer interfaces also supply more power, not just affect the data throughput.

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