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December 11, 2013 8:59:39 PM

I'm currently looking at purchasing a new graphics card/GPU in time for Christmas, and want to make sure it is compatible with the rest of my computer, mainly motherboard and power supply/PSU.

The one I currently have my eyes on is Powercolor Radeon HD7870 GHz Edition OC 2GB (http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_i...)
I'm not sure of the quality/price but I've been assured by a personal friend that it's "Good enough"

ANYWAY,
Here is my PSU:
For quick reference apparently the Radeon HD7870 wants 500w. However I don't understand if I have enough for that and the rest of the system.

And as for the Motherboard, it's a Gigabyte Z68XP-D3. Will the Radeon HD7870 fit in that board? How do I find out?

If what I have isn't good enough for the graphic card in question, I'd like some opinions on a card that will work, with similar quality.

Thanks in advanced.

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December 11, 2013 9:34:34 PM

Yes, it will work. But since you're cutting it close, if you want to upgrade your cpu or other hardware you'll want to get a better power supply
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December 11, 2013 10:10:31 PM

Andy11466 said:
Yes, it will work. But since you're cutting it close, if you want to upgrade your cpu or other hardware you'll want to get a better power supply


Thanks Andy! Since I'm "Cutting it close" will I experience any issues as is?
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December 11, 2013 11:15:21 PM

Sodium_Shine said:
Andy11466 said:
Yes, it will work. But since you're cutting it close, if you want to upgrade your cpu or other hardware you'll want to get a better power supply


Thanks Andy! Since I'm "Cutting it close" will I experience any issues as is?


You won't face any problems.
The recommended 500w is a bit more than what you would need for that purpose.

ex: if you needed 450w to actually run all hardware they would recommend 500w or something a bit more.
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December 11, 2013 11:19:39 PM

you wont face any real time issues, just that ur gpu might underperform if it doesnt get the appropriate power supplied to it. lets say ur gpu will get its performance throttled.
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