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What card to get for Foxconn G31MX 2.0 micro ATX MB?

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August 5, 2009 4:05:08 PM

Hi all,

First post!

Specs:


Foxconn G31MX 2.0 micro ATX MB (PCI express x16 1.1)

Intel core duo E7400 2.80Ghz

2 GB DDR2 RAM

320 GB HD

30 GB HD

300w power (will get a more powerful when I get new card)

19 inch LCD monitor

Windows XP home.


Will a 4870 be too much card for my humble system? Will some of the cards potential be lost from my systems specs?

I'd like to watch movies on a 42 inch HDTV (not full HD)and
I'm planning on getting a 27 inch full HD monitor for watching movies and start getting into some games!
And, run dual monitors.

So I think I need a card that has D-Sub, DVI and HDMI outputs. D-Sub to the ol 19incher, DVI to the fresh 27 incher and HDMI to the 42 incher.....

I'd like to get the best card that my system can handle.


PLease help! Thanks in advance!
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2009 6:27:58 PM

One video card can handle only two sources at once.
How many amps do you have on the 12v rails?
Look at the label on the power supply.
Generally:

ATI Radeon HD 4870 System Requirements

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)
Certified power supplies are recommended. Refer to http://ati.amd.com/certifiedPSU for a list of Certified products.

http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd4800/requirements.h...
a b U Graphics card
August 6, 2009 6:35:25 PM

A 4870 is fine for your system.
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August 8, 2009 6:59:18 AM

Hi there!

Thank you for the reply! I'll take a look at the PS now.
August 8, 2009 5:00:49 PM



Here's a pic of the PSU..... Don't know how to read it though... :o 

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a c 165 U Graphics card
August 8, 2009 5:22:59 PM
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You'll need more power, as you have said, this is good for the HD4870/GTX260/GTX275/HD4890:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or for a bit more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Or from the green side:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or for a bit more clout:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
And from the red team:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I would advise the larger PSU and either the GTX275 or HD4890 as the best choices, particularly when the nice, big monitor arrives:) 

August 9, 2009 2:28:04 PM

Oh oh!

..... My case is an Antec NSK3300... Micro ATX.....=micro PSU and micro space for an upgrade PSU!... I measured and can only fit up to 150x125x85 or so....

So, now I'm gonna have to think bout gettin a new case with a bigger/ more powerful PSU from the get go and moving my hardware to a new home.....

unless there are some other better ideas?....

And, I think I'll go for the 4890! ;) 
August 9, 2009 3:14:47 PM

so, I found some cases... PSU rating:

ACInput

115/230V~ 10A/5.5A 50/60Hz 115/230V ~ 10A/5.5A 50/60Hz
DC Output DC Output
+3.3V +3.3 V

+5V +5 V

+12V1 +12 V1

+12V2 +12 V2

-12V -12V

+5VSB +5 VSB
最大出力電流 Maximum output current
30A 30A

45A 45A

18A 18A

16A 16A

1.0A 1.0A

2.5A 2.5A
最大総合出力 Maximum total output

+3.3V +5V Toltal Output 275W +3.3 V +5 V Toltal Output 275W
+12V1 +12V2 Total Output 380W +12 V1 +12 V2 Total Output 380W
PEAK POWER 550W MAX PEAK POWER 550W MAX

Would this be enough to run a 4890?
a c 165 U Graphics card
August 9, 2009 3:23:16 PM

A quick look at the 'Egg shows no PSU upgrades for the current case that I would be happy recommending.
I would suggest sticking with this PSU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

As for case...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I know it's not the most elegant but it's cheap and with 11" from the rear of the case to the HDD cage you should have no problems installing a HD4890.
I've use this one (or the earlier versions) for 3 builds and I like it, particularly the mesh front, great for keeping the temperature down in summer.
a c 165 U Graphics card
August 9, 2009 3:30:21 PM

@ FMF: Looks like we were both wrong on the PSU front!
You do not give a make and model for the PSU in your last post but it looks to be a cheap one: The +3.3 and 5 volt lines have high amperage while the critical +12v lines are low, this is usually the sign of a old design or a cheap unit. Steer well clear of it.
August 10, 2009 1:45:27 PM

michaelmk86 said:
See this review and you will see that you can fit a regular ATX power supply in the NSK 3300 :) 

http://www.sffclub.com/index.php?option=com_content&tas...




Hi,

Txs for the info... I checked it out...I also checked out / opened my case up and did some measuring... Yes, A regular size PSU can fit, but some pieces of the case will have to be cut out so the wires can reach the bottom of the case.... It'll probably take more time and effort than I'm willing to spend. Plus I don't know about jam packing a PSU within the case. Seems to me that it'd retain more heat all smunched up...

But tha nks for the info! :) 
August 10, 2009 1:49:39 PM

coozie7 said:
@ FMF: Looks like we were both wrong on the PSU front!
You do not give a make and model for the PSU in your last post but it looks to be a cheap one: The +3.3 and 5 volt lines have high amperage while the critical +12v lines are low, this is usually the sign of a old design or a cheap unit. Steer well clear of it.



Thanks for the info! I looked at the leads you sent.... Look good... But, I'm over in Japan so it'd cost too much to order and ship over! I'll have to see what else I can get over here.

Are there any PSU's or cases you think I should avoid?
a c 165 U Graphics card
August 10, 2009 7:22:36 PM

Try to find a PSU from :Corsair, Antec, Silverstone, OCZ or FSP.
Coolermaster, FSP and Thermaltake are also OK but not generally in the same quality league as the others.
As for cases I must admit I have no real depth of knowlage but Antec and Thermaltake seem to be well reguarded.
England is a fairly cool country so I have never had to worry much about the case: As long as it has the main exhaust and one front intake that is all the ventilation I need and it is tucked away under a desk, so great looks are not an issue, which is why I like the little Coolermasters I've used these last few years.
August 27, 2009 2:46:32 PM

Sorry I'm getin back so late....


Thanks for all the answers! Appreciate it! I finally ended up getin the 4670 DDR4.. Decided to just use the PSU that came with the case.... I'm thinking up of a new build though... Well, maybe just a new board with the same CPU, new case with more power, more RAM and maybe one more 4670 or 4890 or 295.... Hmmmm what to do?
!