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How can tell if the ATI 5770 would be compatible with my computer?

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July 29, 2010 6:30:01 PM

I am running on 2GB RAM, windows vista home premium, and my processor is AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+ (2 CPUs) 3.0GHz
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 6:37:23 PM

If you have a PCIe 2.0 slot, you can run a 5770 just fine. With a PCIe 1.0 slot, there might be a problem with PCIe 2.1 HD5770s depending on your Mobo.

What is the model of your Mobo?
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 6:44:57 PM

When questioning if a video card will work with your system setup, the primary 3 things you'll need are:

1. Motherboard slot type/availability. IE: PCI-Express 1.0, 2.0, or 2.1, and how many slots you have open
2. Power Supply. IE: How much wattage you have to spare, how much amperage across the 12v rails, and how many spare power connectors and what types. Underpowering can lead to weird graphical errors, crashing, and is very bad for your video card and PSU together.
3. Space and adequate cooling. IE: If the card is 10" long, and you have a small case, it might not fit or it might not get the adequate cooling it needs. Bad cooling can lead to decreased performance, crashing, and overheating.
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July 29, 2010 6:46:32 PM

I have the M2N-E Motherboard (I am not sure what info to give you so I will give it all to you)

Socket AM2, NVIDIA nForce 570-ULTRA, HT2000 MT/s Dual=Ch. DDR2 800, PCI-E x16 slot, Heat-pipe, etc... So it says PCI-E x16? I have the user manual too and the diagram shows 2 PCI Express x1 slots, 2 PCI slots, a PCI Express x 4 slot, and a PCI Express x16 slot if that helps at all.


Oh yeah I am running a 7900GS graphics card, what is the power required for that and would that tell me if I would have enough power for the 5770?
July 29, 2010 6:55:59 PM

j8262345 said:
I have the M2N-E Motherboard (I am not sure what info to give you so I will give it all to you)

Socket AM2, NVIDIA nForce 570-ULTRA, HT2000 MT/s Dual=Ch. DDR2 800, PCI-E x16 slot, Heat-pipe, etc... So it says PCI-E x16? I have the user manual too and the diagram shows 2 PCI Express x1 slots, 2 PCI slots, a PCI Express x 4 slot, and a PCI Express x16 slot if that helps at all.


Oh yeah I am running a 7900GS graphics card, what is the power required for that and would that tell me if I would have enough power for the 5770?


go get a GTX 460. you wont worry about compatible issue. ATI card is pretty suck from compatible point of view
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 6:57:02 PM

Almost any PSU over 350W should power the 5770, it draws ~110W on maximum load. And if you were able to fit an 7900GS, the 5770 isnt gonna be a problem.

Get a PCIe 2.0 5770 and just plug and play. (well, driver sweep the Nvidia ones out first.)
July 29, 2010 6:58:26 PM

Buy from local retailer and try it out. If it doesn't work, you can always return (hopefully). Looks like your case/mobo can... what about your PSU?
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 7:02:38 PM

Tim speaks the truth sah!
July 29, 2010 7:05:42 PM

Timop said:
Almost any PSU over 350W should power the 5770, it draws ~110W on maximum load. And if you were able to fit an 7900GS, the 5770 isnt gonna be a problem.

Get a PCIe 2.0 5770 and just plug and play. (well, driver sweep the Nvidia ones out first.)


How do I tell if it is PCIe 2.0? Or are they all 2.0?
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 7:10:44 PM

Usually when shopping for the card online, like on sites like Newegg, they'll specify.

Or you can look up the card on the manufacturer's site.
July 29, 2010 7:14:18 PM

Ok thanks guys, one last questions, what is the difference between 1.0 and 2.0? The one I am looking at is 2.1
a b U Graphics card
July 29, 2010 7:16:26 PM

2.0 has double the bandwidth of 1.0, but for cards like the 5770 the difference is negligible.
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