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December 16, 2009 2:41:11 AM

Hi there,
I just bought a new computer and I want to upgrade the video card. Do I need to consider the Speed(?) of the motherboard when making this decision? Could my motherboard limit the performance of the video card? I was thinking about buying a radeon hd 4890. Any advice or opinions would be greatly appreciated!
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December 16, 2009 8:39:37 AM

Hello and welcome to the forums :) 
For a single HD 4890 make sure your motherboard has a PCI-E 16x slot with a sufficient PSU,for 2 4890's make sure your motherboard supports CrossFire.
What are your system specs ?
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December 16, 2009 11:20:51 AM

As Maziar said, tell us what your processor is, as well as the other hardware.

You may need a more powerful power supply together with the card.

500 Watt or greater power supply with two 75W 6-pin PCI Express® power connectors recommended (600 Watt and four 6-pin connectors for ATI CrossFireX™ technology in dual mode)

http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd4800/requirements-4...
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December 16, 2009 12:47:46 PM

Ok thanks guys. My processor is a core 2 quad q8300. My power supply is only 300 watts, so I will need a new one of those. There are 8 gigs of ram (ddr2, but thats all I know about it). I only have one PCI express x16, so I can only run one card. Do you guys think it would be worth upgrading the motherboard to run 2 vid cards? I'm not an ultra-serious gamer, but would one hd4890 be enough to play newer games on fairly high settings, around 1600x900?
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December 16, 2009 2:52:45 PM

For that resolution a single HD 4890 suffices no need to upgrade your motherboard,your CPU and RAM are fine too.
Only get the new PSU,plug in the new card and enjoy :) 
December 17, 2009 2:00:56 AM

Thanks, I really appreciate the advice!
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a c 169 U Graphics card
December 17, 2009 9:38:28 AM

No problem glad to help :) 
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