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Graphics Card Compatibility with motherboard

I want to select a graphics card for my Desktop for which I need help in choosing the right one. I want the graphics card for gaming for the next 3 years without lags and freezes. Since this is the first time i am choosing one for desktop, i am afraid i am going to screw it up or waste money by choosing the wrong one. So plz help me with whatever you know and your experiences.... :)

My motherboard model is m4a87td/usb3
my price range is around Rs. 15,000
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  1. Your motherboard is too old for a graphic card of 15 grands because all the new graphic cards use Pcie express 3.0 whereas u have got pcie express 2.0! So u will get less bandwidth delivered as opposed to if it was put on a Pcie express 3.0.BTW u can still run that card on pcie 2.0 without issues... also u will have to consider the power capabilities, if u r going for AMD cards like the R9 270 u need to have 600W of power supply and if u r buying NVIDIA at that price range a 500W will do.Just check with ur PSU manufacturer to know how much power it can supply...
  2. Thank you, i did not expect a solution so soon.. really great

    The CPU is AMD Phenom II X6 1050 T
    the motherboard model is M487TD/USB3 (AM3)
    Chipset model 870
    south bridge model SB850

    can you tell me how to check for power supply
    My screen resolution is 1080p and the price range can be 15 - 20K.,
  3. Eziohackz said:
    Thank you, i did not expect a solution so soon.. really great

    The CPU is AMD Phenom II X6 1050 T
    the motherboard model is M487TD/USB3 (AM3)
    Chipset model 870
    south bridge model SB850

    can you tell me how to check for power supply
    My screen resolution is 1080p and the price range can be 15 - 20K.,


    You'd need to take the side panel off the case & look for the make/model number on the sticker on the side of the PSU itself.

    PCI-E x16 2.0 V's 3.0 will have little impact :http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Intel/Ivy_Bridge_PCI-Express_Scaling/1.html
  4. When u have a 1080p display I suggest u to go for a 2 GB graphic card so that u get higher FPS when u run games with high settings...
    To check ur power supply open up ur case and look for the PSU at the top corner,the box from where all the wires are coming out .... it looks like this- http://www.pcper.com/images/reviews/206/PSU-1.jpg. Just check the labels or u may try looking it up on google based on the model number and brand
    if its 500W or more then u dont have to change the unit but if it's otherwise u will have to get a new one...
  5. Thank you Guys... I finally found my PSU power which is 450W (maybe a bit late)

    I would like to go for PCI 3.0 if I get better graphics for the price range.
    Till now, I have been playing games on my Dell XPS L502X laptop which currently is not supporting the recent games with good graphics. So I expect the graphics cards which you mentioned will give a better experience in 1080 p screen than what i am getting in my laptop (1366x768).
    Here my doubt is though the graphics card which i am choosing now might be better than the one i have right now i.e., NVIDIA 540m. But can the new one give better framerates at 1080 p than this old one in 720p. Also I want the new one to be reliable for next 2-3 years.
    Also I will change my PSU if necessary.
  6. Best answer
    Eziohackz said:
    Thank you Guys... I finally found my PSU power which is 450W (maybe a bit late)

    I would like to go for PCI 3.0 if I get better graphics for the price range.
    Till now, I have been playing games on my Dell XPS L502X laptop which currently is not supporting the recent games with good graphics. So I expect the graphics cards which you mentioned will give a better experience in 1080 p screen than what i am getting in my laptop (1366x768).
    Here my doubt is though the graphics card which i am choosing now might be better than the one i have right now i.e., NVIDIA 540m. But can the new one give better framerates at 1080 p than this old one in 720p. Also I want the new one to be reliable for next 2-3 years.
    Also I will change my PSU if necessary.


    Sapphire R9 270X :http://www.flipkart.com/sapphire-amd-ati-radeon-r9-270x-boost-oc-2-gb-ddr5-graphics-card/p/itmdtp5j69ssu9gj?pid=GRCDTP5J69SSU9GJ&srno=b_33&ref=ddd4925d-6862-4b05-a377-8beb1c15da72

    You can expect performance similar to this: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/MSI/R9_270X_Gaming/24.html


    If your PSU is Zebronic's, then change it. This Corsair PSU would be adequate, it's not the greatest, but better than Zebronic:

    Corsair VS 550W: http://www.flipkart.com/corsair-vs550-550-watt-psu/p/itmdg36xx8yzgjrs?pid=PSUDG34775NHYDHK&srno=b_22&ref=bdc2afa1-e172-43c2-8eb3-a15e63b8d273

    If you have a bit more to budget on it, look at Seasonic, the 500/600W ECO or better.
  7. Thanks Scampi.. you are awesome., Also thank you Anubrata khan.

    The reviews in flipkart about Sapphire AMD/ATI Radeon R9 270X are really really GREAT...
    one of the reviews said this card needs a minimum of 600W and there are multiple models in 650W category at multiple prices. So plz recommend the exact model of PSU.
    Just in case my father agrees for a little increase in budget :P ., say 25 k.. see if you can recommend a card which is a bit costlier than this (like next to this).
  8. Eziohackz said:
    Thanks Scampi.. you are awesome., Also thank you Anubrata khan.

    The reviews in flipkart about Sapphire AMD/ATI Radeon R9 270X are really really GREAT...
    one of the reviews said this card needs a minimum of 600W and there are multiple models in 650W category at multiple prices. So plz recommend the exact model of PSU.
    Just in case my father agrees for a little increase in budget :P ., say 25 k.. see if you can recommend a card which is a bit costlier than this (like next to this).


    They do over state the power requirements, to take into consideration people with Zebronic's PSU's :D

    I stated above in bold, what the power requirements for the 270 are, so that gives you an idea on this. Good quality PSU's of lower ratings, can usually output more power on the 12v rail than cheap generic ones of higher advertised ratings.

    For the higher budget, these are nice. 280X > 280/760 (R9 280X = AMD 7970 Ghz / R9 280 = AMD 7950)

    Sapphire R9 280X : http://www.flipkart.com/sapphire-amd-ati-radeon-r9-280x-3-gb-ddr5-graphics-card/p/itmdrubpf9bchtfz?pid=GRCDRUBPF9BCHTFZ&srno=b_15&ref=6bed4fcc-6925-4a43-bd75-4e22d4a116e7
    Sapphire R9 280: http://www.flipkart.com/sapphire-amd-ati-r9-280-overclock-3-gb-ddr5-graphics-card/p/itmduxmhruhhewrg?pid=GRCDUXMHBHTJ3AAH&srno=b_22&ref=705326d6-a6c9-4a43-ab87-aa72a819f437#read-reviews
    MSI GTX 760: http://www.flipkart.com/msi-nvidia-n760-tf-2gd5-oc-2-gb-gddr5-graphics-card/p/itmdmknfxuapysum?pid=GRCDMKNFXUAPYSUM&srno=b_24&ref=705326d6-a6c9-4a43-ab87-aa72a819f437

    Benchmark comparison: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Gigabyte/R9_280X_OC/26.html

    Power supply:

    Seasonic 550W :http://www.flipkart.com/seasonic-s12g-550-550-watts-psu/p/itmduvefhzc9pauk?pid=PSUDUVEFT48QHPTH&srno=b_12&ref=6a285cd7-aa91-48cb-b32d-7a59a17e204f

    Edit: also take into consideration the dimensions of the cards, and what your case can fit.
  9. The graphics card is awesome... Battlefield runs like charm on this...
    But recently i have a problem.., The Display turns off just like that... I have to force shut it down.. Nothing works except that.. previously it was kind of once per week.. now frequency increased... Can you help me?
    I think the graphics card turns off... and fails to restart

    Eziohackz
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