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September 12, 2011 10:40:09 AM

Hello,
I just want to ask a quick question: Can I play, maybe, BFBC2 on high settings without overclocking? I haven't bought it yet and am planning on doing so. The GPU is Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 1gb. 4gb DDR3.

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September 12, 2011 10:41:06 AM

Please reply quick. Thanks in advance.
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September 12, 2011 11:02:29 AM

New2PCKid said:
Hello,
I just want to ask a quick question: Can I play, maybe, BFBC2 on high settings without overclocking? I haven't bought it yet and am planning on doing so. The GPU is Sapphire Radeon HD 5670 1gb. 4gb DDR3.



To play BFBC2 on high setting on that configuration, monitor resolution should be around 1440 x 900 or lower in order to get around 30FPS.
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September 12, 2011 11:51:47 AM

Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I planned on only playing 720p, just to record some things. I should probably buy a Quad core later right?
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September 12, 2011 2:51:16 PM

Your graphics card is limiting you more than the Athlon upgrade that 1st
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September 12, 2011 10:55:40 PM

You might have a quad core, wait and see if you can unlock your 455, then clock it as well, but yes the gfx is the low scorer there
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September 13, 2011 1:16:30 AM

Well your cpu isn't king of the hill but it certainly isn't on the bottom or under the kill for that matter no what Intel fanboys say. Unlocking may provide a free boost if your board can unlock while there is software out there for that but I haven;t investigated the software option.
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September 13, 2011 4:10:18 AM

Yeah, I was thinking instead of getting the 5670 and just getting a 5750 instead. I've been scouring the web for a while to find a good card.
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September 13, 2011 6:05:56 AM

@Nforce, the unlocking ability lies in the chipset, any amd 710 or newer should support unlocking of potential hidden/disabled cores,
I'm unaware of any software to unlock chips although amd overdrive is used to overclock, bios is the way :) 
(unless your board has E-z O/c or similar built in, thats in your bios screen on asrock boards)
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September 23, 2011 1:02:38 AM

OK, I ended up getting the Athlon X3 455 and I bought a Galaxy GeForce GTS 450 1gb DDR5 gpu. I had no problem getting the processor to work, but when I installed the gpu into the motherboard it couldn't detect my monitor. I installed the latest drivers from the manufacturers website, but it didn't work, neither did the CD that came with the graphics card. When I booted the computer up using a VGA monitor running on the on-board gpu, it said it successfully installed the graphics card but it could never detect the monitor. (The other monitor being a HP w1858 DVI monitor.) My mobo is Gigabyte M68MT-S2P. The GTS's instructions for installing it says "Connect the appropriate power to the graphics card (if needed.)" and I don't know what that means. (It came with a 6 pin connector but I don't know what it's used for.) ... If someone could get back to me as soon as possible, that would be most a appreciative. Thank you in advance.

(My username indicates exactly what I am at a certain sense.)
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September 23, 2011 1:45:00 AM

Did you connect your gfx card to the psu?
Its needs a power supply to work so If you dont have the appropriate plug on your psu, use that supplied adaptor from a spare molex then plug the 6pin into the card, should be fine from there
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September 23, 2011 3:35:18 AM

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Did you connect your gfx card to the psu?
Its needs a power supply to work so If you dont have the appropriate plug on your psu, use that supplied adaptor from a spare molex then plug the 6pin into the card, should be fine from there
Moto


Can you give me an example of what I need? Like, the spare molex? This is what the cord looks like, that came with my GPU:
http://www.ecrater.com/p/11123797/pci-express-6-pin-to-... (Also, thanks for replying, you seem like the main person doing so, which is good.)
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September 23, 2011 3:43:06 AM

One other thing I forgot to note is that my current (gpu I'm using right now.) is a Radeon HD 5450 and that card is ddr3, but the GTS 450 is a ddr5. I don't know if that makes a difference. :??: 
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September 23, 2011 5:00:01 AM

Will post a more specific reply when I get home, bout halfhour or so :-) nightshifts here
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September 23, 2011 5:10:42 AM

Thanks man. :) 
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September 23, 2011 7:06:27 AM

I looked more into the cord I linked above, and I guess that's the power supply cord for the GPU?, and the white ends match a couple of cords connecting to my PSU. Do I plug both or just one? Go some of my info from this post:

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/305912-33-connect-pow...

Message when you get the chance and I'll be able to check this post again by 3pm tomorrow on Friday. I'm tired... :sleep: 
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September 23, 2011 7:15:32 AM

Home now :) 
Yes, that adaptor is your power for the gfx card, the 6pin plugs into the card, and the two white(Or black in that other post) Molex plugs need a connection to the psu each, not just one, both need to be plugged in
let me know how you get on, I'll check back when I'm awake later :) 
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September 23, 2011 5:36:42 PM

OK, I plugged the adapter into my GPU and PSU and my screen came on! (Thank you. :)  ) And after I restarted my computer, I installed the Nvidia drivers. So, how do I benchmark my GPU to test it fully? Thank you again, you've been a great help man! :D  :D  :D 

Edit: Nevermind, I found FurMark and tested it with that. (Unless there's something better...) Thanks a lot man, you saved me in a way, I thought I had bought a Graphics card for $140 for no reason.
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September 23, 2011 6:15:30 PM

Furmark was going to be my suggestion, nice one finding it yourself :) 
well done on the build and enjoy :) 
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September 24, 2011 1:47:04 AM

Best answer selected by New2PCKid.
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September 24, 2011 4:27:47 PM

Thank you for B.a. man, glad to help
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