My graphics card ‘died’ last night. In the middle of doing nothing in particular (well, I begun to watch 10 Oclock live on the channel 4 website) the screen went black for a second, then came back but the resolution was switched to 800x600 or something else really low. Cue a few hours of messing about, turning the PC off and on. the best it could do was think that the sole monitor plugged into slot one on the graphics card was actually the second monitor. The last thing I did was ‘make this my primary display’ and that seemed to be the final nail in the coffin.
Anyway, I think it’s dead, so I need to either replace it or choose this as an oportunity to get a new custom-build.
Question 1: I am looking to get a Directx 11 card. I am an nvidia loyalist so I was looking at the gtx 580. (my dead one is a gtx 295). Problem is, my motherboard’s PCI-E slot is 16x, not 2.0. The specs of the GTX 580 say it is compatible with PCI-E 16x 2.0. No mention of backward compatibility. Thing is I think my 295 also said that when I bought it. So the question is: Will the gtx 580 still work in a PCI-E 16x that is’n’t ‘2.0’?
Question 2: If it will, what am I losing by not plugging it into a PCI-E 16x 2.0 slot?
Question 3: If I decide instead to just get a new PC (I’m not confident enough to do a build myself so I’d be looking to get one from a custom-build website) what company would you recommend?
Thanks in advance.