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August 12, 2011 7:30:01 PM

Hi I have a cyberpower desktop and I want to change or add graphic card to improve gaming. But I am newbie in computers so I don't know which graphic cards are compatible with my desktop. Will Radeon AMD HD 6990 fit in my desktop? My specs follow:


General Spec
Brand
CyberpowerPC
Model
Gamer Xtreme 1314
Type
Gaming
Form Factor
Tower
Processor
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.30GHz
Processor Main Features
64 bit Quad-Core Processor
Cache Per Processor
6MB L3 Cache
Memory
8GB DDR3 1333MHz Dual Channel Memory
Hard Drive
1TB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s 7200RPM
Optical Drive 1
24X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive
Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6670 1GB PCI-E Graphics Card
Audio
Sound card - Integrated
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
Power Supply
600W
Keyboard
Xtreme Gear USB Keyboard
Mouse
Xtreme Gear USB Mouse
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Special Features
AZZA Orion Gaming Tower
Motherboard
Chipset
Intel H61
CPU
CPU Type
Intel Core i5
Installed Qty
1
CPU Speed
2500K(3.30GHz)
L3 Cache Per CPU
6MB
CPU Socket Type
LGA 1155
CPU Main Features
64 bit Quad-Core Processor
Graphics
GPU/VPU Type
AMD Radeon HD 6670
Graphics Interface
PCI Express 2.0 x16
Memory
Memory Capacity
8GB DDR3
Memory Speed
DDR3 1333
Form Factor
DIMM 240-pin
Memory Spec
4GB x 2
Memory Slot (Total)
2
Memory Slot (Available)
0
Hard Drive
HDD Capacity
1TB
HDD Interface
SATA II
HDD RPM
7200rpm
HDD Spec
1 x 1TB
Optical Drive
Optical Drive Type
DVD±RW
Optical Drive Spec
24X DVD±R/±RW Dual Layer Drive
Audio
Audio Chipset
Integrated
Audio Channels
7.1 Channels Audio
Communications
LAN Chipset
Integrated
LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps
Front Panel Ports
Front USB
2 x USB 2.0
Front Audio Ports
2
Back Panel Ports
PS/2
1
Video Ports
1 VGA, 1 DVI, 1 HDMI
Rear USB
4 x USB 2.0
RJ45
1 port
Rear Audio Ports
3 ports
Expansion
PCI Slots (Available/Total)
1x PCI-e x16
1x PCI-e x1
2 x PCI

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a b B Homebuilt system
August 13, 2011 1:42:59 AM

Very Nice system. with weak video (HD6670, $80).

"I don't know which graphic cards are compatible with my desktop. "

Just about anything stronger than the 6670 will work in your desktop, subject to power requirements, size of card and case cooling. Any reasonable card will work. Oh, you are interesting in an HD6990. That's not a reasonable card. (And it's gotten really hard to find, Toms' thinks that a sign the next gen cards are almost here so maybe you should wait a few months until Christmas time when they might choose to launch.)

"Will Radeon AMD HD 6990 fit in my desktop?" Power, size, cooling.

Power limit. You have 600 watts. The 6990 has a 375W TDP. The rest of your system (not overclocked) should peak around 150W. So 600 should be fine. If you overclock then you can use a huge amount of power and 600 will be too small. Anandtech overclocked a 6990 and "based on our data we’re confident the 6990 is pulling at least 500W". So either upgrade power or don't overclock. You can hurt things if the power supply is undersized. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4209/amds-radeon-hd-6990-...

edit: missed this "By default, the Radeon HD 6990 runs an 830 MHz core clock at 1.12 V. Flip the switch next to the CrossFire connector, though, and both settings jump to 880 MHz and 1.175 V, respectively, upping the power ceiling to 450 W (clearly, those eight-pin connectors aren't limited to 150 W). " If you flip the switch then 600 watts doesn't cut it anymore. How could you have this card and not flip the switch ? fyi officially amd says "750W Watt or greater power supply with two 150W 8-pin PCI Express® power connectors"

Case. I'd give cyberpower a call or take out a ruler. Watch for clearance for existing cables that would have to go around the new card. The power cables plug in on top, not on the back of the card. 6990 is a 12" long card. It's a solid rectangle.

Case cooling. The 6990 dumps half of its hot air in the case. Thus the case gets another 150w internal heat source. Added fans are good. Air flow is always front in, blow thru the case, back out. You can go crazy with fans on the sides and top. See where your case has mounting points.

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Aside: There are card that are much stronger than the ($80) HD 6670 you currently have without going to the crazy end like a ($800) HD 6990. Suggest you take the games you play and google benchmark and frame rates to see if a slightly more mainstream card like the GeForce GTX 580 or HD 6970 2gb would do. See article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,... You cannot use a SLI or a crossfire setupwith your MB. Any of the non-SLI, non-crossfire solutions should work.
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August 13, 2011 9:20:20 PM

Thank you THank you so much!! wow! now i have an idea of what to do now! Really! I am amazed at your kindness! :D . Now i'm thinking about HD 6870.. would that fit with my power supply?
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August 14, 2011 6:51:28 AM

tsnor said:
Very Nice system. with weak video (HD6670, $80).

"I don't know which graphic cards are compatible with my desktop. "

Just about anything stronger than the 6670 will work in your desktop, subject to power requirements, size of card and case cooling. Any reasonable card will work. Oh, you are interesting in an HD6990. That's not a reasonable card. (And it's gotten really hard to find, Toms' thinks that a sign the next gen cards are almost here so maybe you should wait a few months until Christmas time when they might choose to launch.)

"Will Radeon AMD HD 6990 fit in my desktop?" Power, size, cooling.

Power limit. You have 600 watts. The 6990 has a 375W TDP. The rest of your system (not overclocked) should peak around 150W. So 600 should be fine. If you overclock then you can use a huge amount of power and 600 will be too small. Anandtech overclocked a 6990 and "based on our data we’re confident the 6990 is pulling at least 500W". So either upgrade power or don't overclock. You can hurt things if the power supply is undersized. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4209/amds-radeon-hd-6990-...

edit: missed this "By default, the Radeon HD 6990 runs an 830 MHz core clock at 1.12 V. Flip the switch next to the CrossFire connector, though, and both settings jump to 880 MHz and 1.175 V, respectively, upping the power ceiling to 450 W (clearly, those eight-pin connectors aren't limited to 150 W). " If you flip the switch then 600 watts doesn't cut it anymore. How could you have this card and not flip the switch ? fyi officially amd says "750W Watt or greater power supply with two 150W 8-pin PCI Express® power connectors"

Case. I'd give cyberpower a call or take out a ruler. Watch for clearance for existing cables that would have to go around the new card. The power cables plug in on top, not on the back of the card. 6990 is a 12" long card. It's a solid rectangle.

Case cooling. The 6990 dumps half of its hot air in the case. Thus the case gets another 150w internal heat source. Added fans are good. Air flow is always front in, blow thru the case, back out. You can go crazy with fans on the sides and top. See where your case has mounting points.

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Aside: There are card that are much stronger than the ($80) HD 6670 you currently have without going to the crazy end like a ($800) HD 6990. Suggest you take the games you play and google benchmark and frame rates to see if a slightly more mainstream card like the GeForce GTX 580 or HD 6970 2gb would do. See article http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,... You cannot use a SLI or a crossfire setupwith your MB. Any of the non-SLI, non-crossfire solutions should work.




Hi again! Thanks for all your help! I got some choices down for my graphics card! Will 6850 or 6870 or 6950 or geforce 560 ti fit with my comp without changing power supply?
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August 14, 2011 1:35:34 PM

re: "thinking about HD 6870.. would that fit with my power supply?" Yes, should be great choice.

re: "6850 or 6870 or 6950 or geforce 560 ti fit with my comp without changing power supply?" This is an excellent range of cards for a high end gaming system. They should all work fine with 600 watt psu.
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August 15, 2011 2:31:10 AM

Best answer selected by lkh0227.
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August 15, 2011 2:31:27 AM

thanks very much tsnor! I'm getting 6870 asap!! :D 
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