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Complete ignorant needs help with upgrade PLEASE.

by djllort / February 18, 2014 4:16 PM PST

Hi guys I have an Asustek M5a97 Motherboard and a amd fx tm 4100 quad-core processor and a geforce 9500 gt...I can't really play games with this....can you please please tell me what graphic card can I buy that's not more than $200 or some of them that are compatible with my motherboard cus I have no idea which ones are compatible or what. lol thanks!

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Re: graphic card
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 18, 2014 4:40 PM PST

I checked the specifications on the asus site. They have 5 different models of the M5a97: R2.0, LE R2.0, PRO, EVO, EVO R2.0 and I wouldn't be suprised if there have been 1.0 versions in the past also. So you really have to check the manual that came with the motherboard to be sure.

I looked at the first one. It has:
1 PCI-E 2.0 X16 (blue)
1 PCI-E 2.0 X16 (X4 mode, black)
1 PCI-E 2.0 X1

So I would say that any PCI-E X16 graphic card should be OK. Now head to for their latest benchmark of graphic cards for gaming and choose one you like within your budget.


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by Bob__B / February 19, 2014 2:33 AM PST

Tell what you have.....make and model would be the label on the psu.
It matters because video cards are power hungry.
So unless you want to upgrade that also you will need to work within the limits of your current psu.

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