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Upgrading graphics, what do I need to know?

Hello community.

I am looking to upgrade my graphic card and I'm wondering what do I need to know beforehand. For example, for an AMD Radeon R9 270x, how can I know if I can install it on my motherboard? I have a GIGABYTE z87x ud3h

Thank you!
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  1. It doesn't work that way son, you have to tell us everything you have in there so we can find a card that fits your config best.
  2. Kronenbouget said:
    Hello community.

    I am looking to upgrade my graphic card and I'm wondering what do I need to know beforehand. For example, for an AMD Radeon R9 270x, how can I know if I can install it on my motherboard? I have a GIGABYTE z87x ud3h

    Thank you!


    Right now, you've listed your motherboard for us. We need know what PSU and CPU you have.
  3. the z87 is a new motherboard ad it take any of the video cards out there. the only issue you did not post is the size of your power supply. you need to look at the max wattage and the amp and watts rating on the 12v line. as long as it a good brand and your not close to the max output you be fine. so if yu have an 90w cpu and 150w gpu that 24ow at max load. if the power supply 12v load is 500w max then you have 260w of head room or your using 50 percent of the 12v line rated output.
  4. With that motherboard, you can basically install any graphic card that is available in the market right now. As long as your PSU can handle it and there's enough room in your case. Have fun shopping. Let us know if you need help picking the best card for your budget.
  5. Best answer
    The card will work on your motherboard. It'll work on most motherboards made in the last 8 years.

    You need to check whether it'll fit in your case. Look at your case spec (or measure it) and look at the graphics card spec for length.

    You also need to check whether your power supply will reliably run it. You'll need a min 500W power supply from tiers 1, 2a or 2b of http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1804779/power-supply-unit-tier-list.html eg Seasonic 520, XFX 550 or Antec HCG 520M
  6. Thanks everyone for the feedback!

    I actualy forgot to post the PSU and the case size, damn posting at night is hard!

    My PSU is a Blue Star 650W and my case is an Ackteck G-8400
  7. If you mean this psu, please ditch it and get a new power supply that is a good quality unit. Stick to well known brands like Antec, XFX or Seasonic.
    http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Star-4-pin-Power-Supply/dp/B00295BULM/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
  8. @Suztera

    Holy MOLY that's my actual one, er... what do I do know huh D:
  9. Your PSU could handle as far as R9 280X Or even GTX 780... but it would be borderline!
  10. BigBadBeef said:
    Your PSU could handle as far as R9 280X Or even GTX 780... but it would be borderline!


    I disagree, your power supply is most likely exaggerated. It will not give 650W sustained wattage. It is a very low quality power supply and risk breaking other pc components if you use it.
  11. Yeah the PSU is gonna be an issue. I'm reading reviews and everyone agrees on one thing, it's terrible lmao.

    The background behind it was that the PSU was the first thing i replaced for my PC, like one and a half-two years ago, I knew nothing at the time so I guess I got ripped off at the local store. :(

    Anyways, I guess I'm gonna have to replace it first! any ideas?
  12. XFX 650W Bronze edition is a place to start!
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