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Should iupgrade to a 6870?

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December 12, 2010 6:54:32 PM

these are my system specs and im wondering if getting a better GPU would fix all my problems. someone told me that my CPU would bottleneck it so im not sure what to do .pls help

Summary

Product Name
Aspire M5201
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2
Chipset
ATI RS780+SB700
Processor
AMD Phenom(tm) 9650 Quad-Core Processor
System Memory
4096 MB
Hard Drive
WDC WD6400AAKS-22A7B0 ATA Device, 596.17 GB
CD/DVD Drive
PIONEER BD-ROM BDC-202 ATA Device
KPGB OHMNO1Y3ST SCSI CdRom Device
KPGB OHMNO1Y3ST SCSI CdRom Device
Video
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
Total Available Graphics Memory
1919 MB
Audio
ATI HDMI Audio
ATI HDMI Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Network
Marvell Yukon 88E8071 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
RAS Async Adapter
D-Link WUA-2340 USB Adapter
UUID
00226803EF0720081018074903000000
Serial Number
PTSAZ0X02584106A922702
BIOS Version
R01-B2
BIOS Release Date
08/15/2008

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a b U Graphics card
December 12, 2010 7:29:43 PM

Powerr supply?
And that processor will be bottlenecking it.
You would be off with somethings like the 5670-5770
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December 12, 2010 8:15:44 PM

Pat22 said:
these are my system specs and im wondering if getting a better GPU would fix all my problems. someone told me that my CPU would bottleneck it so im not sure what to do .pls help

Summary

Product Name
Aspire M5201
Operating System
Microsoft® Windows Vista™ Home Premium , Service Pack 2
Chipset
ATI RS780+SB700
Processor
AMD Phenom(tm) 9650 Quad-Core Processor
System Memory
4096 MB
Hard Drive
WDC WD6400AAKS-22A7B0 ATA Device, 596.17 GB
CD/DVD Drive
PIONEER BD-ROM BDC-202 ATA Device
KPGB OHMNO1Y3ST SCSI CdRom Device
KPGB OHMNO1Y3ST SCSI CdRom Device
Video
ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics
ATI Radeon HD 3400 Series
Total Available Graphics Memory
1919 MB
Audio
ATI HDMI Audio
ATI HDMI Audio
Realtek High Definition Audio
Network
Marvell Yukon 88E8071 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
RAS Async Adapter
D-Link WUA-2340 USB Adapter
UUID
00226803EF0720081018074903000000
Serial Number
PTSAZ0X02584106A922702
BIOS Version
R01-B2
BIOS Release Date
08/15/2008


i assume it's pcie 1.1 slot so pretty much 6870 is gtg. but you haven't giving us more detail about power supply so we can't really say it suitable.

plznote said:
Powerr supply?
And that processor will be bottlenecking it.
You would be off with somethings like the 5670-5770


dude the processor won't be bottleneck too much. i even ran agtx 460 once on e5300 and it's effortless smooth without any performance loss so he will be fine. plus only card like 5870/gtx470 or above can cause bottleneck. otherwise phenom 9650 is good enough
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December 14, 2010 9:41:50 PM

i still have teh stock PSU, i think its a 300 watt, here is the serial number AM5201 - E5621A so u can try to look it up just in case. the system requirments for the 6870 is a 500 watt PSu so i would probably go for a 550 just in case and to futureproof a little bit.
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December 14, 2010 9:54:31 PM

Pat22 said:
i still have teh stock PSU, i think its a 300 watt, here is the serial number AM5201 - E5621A so u can try to look it up just in case. the system requirments for the 6870 is a 500 watt PSu so i would probably go for a 550 just in case and to futureproof a little bit.



this will be suitable for you even though it's only 530w

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

but be sure this psu ONLY allow you to run single 6870! if future upgrade that has involve crossfire setting with multi pcie slot mobo this will not be enough. consider this is caution!
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a c 189 U Graphics card
December 15, 2010 12:16:55 AM

Wow, going from HD3400 to HD6870 is a massive upgrade.
What is your current cpu speed?
Total Budget for PSU+GPU?
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December 15, 2010 7:33:48 PM

i currently have a AMD Phenom 9650 quad core 2.3ghz. my budget for the upgrade is unlimited but i don't want to spend over
$300 - $350 or somewhere around that mark.of course i'll spend whatever the GPu (6870) costs + the cost of a PSU. besides, i dont need the best and fastest, and of course most expensive to play some good or new games on highest settings.

also does this PSU from earlier post by cheesesubs even meet the system requirments of the 6870???

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2010 12:50:15 AM

A OC on the CPU would help a lot. And yes, the 6850 is good for the price you pay.
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a c 189 U Graphics card
December 16, 2010 1:02:16 AM

Agree, an OC is necessary, especially if you play at high resolution...
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December 16, 2010 7:30:10 PM

i have a 1680x1050 resolution monitor which isn't that big i think. with my 3400 i can play games on Lowest to Medium settings with a little lags at some times. with the new 6870 i think it will be able to handle 1680x1050 with no problems at all, even without an over-clocked CPU
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a b U Graphics card
December 16, 2010 7:49:47 PM

OC your CPU it will help a TON.
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