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Can my mobo get the most of my GFX card?

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August 25, 2011 1:00:14 AM

I've got my new build almost completely picked out, I just need to know if my mobo can get the full value from this GFX card:


http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

And here's the mobo:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

I'm not looking to change the mobo if it's good enough and if it'll cost me a penny more (it seems every time I start a new thread on these forums, my total build costs grows and grows :p ). That's not to say I won't spend more on a mobo to get the most of my GFX card, I just don't want to spend any more money on my mobo if it's capable of doing everything fine as it is.

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a b V Motherboard
August 25, 2011 1:26:11 AM

This is one of those where it depends on what you mean by "getting the most." Most frames per second? That depends on if you're overclocking your CPU or graphics card, or both. This is not an overclocking mobo. If you are talking about stock performance then it should be fine. Unless the motherboard in question has some crippled pci express lanes, then your card should perform just fine, paired with a decent CPU.

If you want more detailed advice I would say give us a full description of hardware including monitor resolution and we can analyze expected performance. The easy answer is that I don't think you have any need for concern, the HD 6870 is a solid mainstream GPU and the mobo is ok for most gaming situations.
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a b V Motherboard
August 25, 2011 4:04:18 AM

RichterFry said:
Sorry, yeah, here's my set up atm:

Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU/RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

I'll be using a relatively old monitor for a while after I purchase my build, but I'll be looking into buying a mid/high end monitor.


OK, this looks pretty good for the HD 6870. Should handle resolutions up to 1920X1200 with relative ease. I think you'll be happy with the performance, and with the core i5 you should have a very good experience. As long as overclocking is not in your future or sli/crossfire it looks like a good budget gamer.
a b V Motherboard
August 25, 2011 4:11:23 AM

RichterFry said:
Sorry, yeah, here's my set up atm:

Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU/RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...

HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

I'll be using a relatively old monitor for a while after I purchase my build, but I'll be looking into buying a mid/high end monitor.



Your mobo supports only 1066/ 1333 ram speeds. You are getting ram speeds of 1600. You will need to underclock your ram in bios but it is not guaranteed to work on that mobo with the underclock.

I suggest you get 1066 or 1333 DDR3 ram so you do not run into any trouble.
August 25, 2011 4:23:37 AM

chillin15 said:
Your mobo supports only 1066/ 1333 ram speeds. You are getting ram speeds of 1600. You will need to underclock your ram in bios but it is not guaranteed to work on that mobo with the underclock.

I suggest you get 1066 or 1333 DDR3 ram so you do not run into any trouble.


I knee there was something wrong. Since the RAM comes in a combo with the CPU, would finding a different mobo that is compatible with that RAM be reasonable? If so, do you have any suggestions?
a b V Motherboard
August 25, 2011 5:03:21 AM

RichterFry said:
I knee there was something wrong. Since the RAM comes in a combo with the CPU, would finding a different mobo that is compatible with that RAM be reasonable? If so, do you have any suggestions?


Getting the cheaper ram would be more cost efficient...
August 25, 2011 2:10:43 PM

chillin15 said:
Getting the cheaper ram would be more cost efficient...


I downgraded my CPU, upgraded my mobo and changed the ram and it looks like this will save me 5 bucks on top of all that. Here's what I have:

Case: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

HDD: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

PSU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

GFX: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

RAM: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

CPU: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Does there seem to be any other issues?
a b V Motherboard
August 25, 2011 2:32:27 PM

Currently at work, will check the build once I get home tonight
a b V Motherboard
August 25, 2011 11:35:28 PM

The ram and mobo speeds are still different..

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a b V Motherboard
August 25, 2011 11:36:40 PM
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August 26, 2011 3:37:25 AM



Crap, I somehow forgot to update my mobo. This is what I was planning on getting...

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

It says it's compatible with with 1600, but it has (OC) next to the 1600. I assume that it means overclock, but is that something I'll have to worry about doing manually? I don't know how to/really care to OC something as soon as I get it.

EDIT: After thinking it over, I think I'll go back to the old mobo and use the RAM you suggested. I'll save a bit of cash. Thanks!
August 26, 2011 3:52:34 AM

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