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AMD 6870 work with AMD Athlon II X2, H-Alpinia-RS780L-uATX

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November 14, 2011 5:18:07 PM

Hello,

Will the advice in this solution work for me?

I found this article http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/315218-28-help-buying... and based on it, I think i will get the AMD 6870 but my system is a little different.

Here is my system, would this article still apply?

AMD Athlon II X2, Foxconn 2aa9 motherboard with integrated ati radeon 3000 graphics card, 3 sticks 2gb ddr2 memory. I plan to buy a 550 watt power supply.

Thanks for any help
November 14, 2011 8:25:14 PM

Ok, I found the stats for the computer I bought. What options do I have to upgrade the GPU? Budget is say 250-500 total. I am guessing I might could do a combination of cpu/gpu/psu upgrade? I would like to get away with only upgrading the gpu and psu (to 550w).

My goal is to have a smooth gaming experience on Star Wars the old republic.

Thanks

Product number
WW609AA
Introduction date
28-Apr-2010

Hardware
Base processor
Athlonll X2 250 (R) 3.0 GHz (65W)
•5200 MT/s (mega transfers/second)
•Socket AM3
Chipset
AMD 760G
Motherboard
•Manufacturer: Foxconn
•Motherboard Name: H-Alpinia-RS780L-uATX
•HP/Compaq motherboard name: Alpinia-GL8
Power supply
•250W
Memory
Component Attributes
Memory Installed 5 GB
Maximum allowed 16 GB (4 x 4 GB) (64-bit OS)

6 GB* (3 x 2 GB) (32-bit OS)

Speed supported PC3-10600 MB/sec (message as PC3-8500)
Type 240 pin, DDR3

Hard drive
•640 GB SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
•7200 rpm

Video Graphics
Integrated on motherboard (see motherboard and chipset)
Sound/Audio
High Definition 8-channel audio
•ALC 888S-VD chipset

Expansion slots
Slot type Quantity
PCI Express x16 One (One available)
PCI Express x1 Three (Three available)
PCI Express x1 minicard socket One (One available)

Drive bays
Bay type Quantity
13.33 cm (5.25 inch) external Two (One available)
8.89 cm (3.5 inch) internal Two (One available)
8.89 cm (3.5 inch) external One (One available)

Operating System •Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
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November 16, 2011 4:52:16 PM

Would this card improve performance? Or would the processor also be upgraded? I am considering the following, but I really don't want to get the cpu if I can see improvment with just a gpu upgrade.

Qty. Product Description
1 SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Item #: N82E16814102948

1 OCZ Fatal1ty 550W Modular Gaming Power Supply compatible with Intel Sandybridge Core i3 i5 i7 and AMD Phenom
Item #: N82E16817341022

1 AMD Phenom II X6 1035T Thuban 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Six-Core Desktop Processor HDT35TWFK6DGR - OEM
Item #: N82E16819103856

Also any opinions on saving 50 bucks and using this power supply instead? Would this stock HP case fit most psu's?

1 LOGISYS Computer PS550ABK 550Watts ATX12V Power Supply With SATA and 20/24 Pin connectors.
Item #: N82E16817170010

Thanks again if anyone can give me either a yes you should be good, or no you are headed for a computer nightmare, it would be much appreciated.
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December 7, 2011 4:28:33 AM

Will this 1 SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card work in my motherboards H-Alpinia-RS780L-uATX PCI Express x16 slot or am I setting myself up for failure?

I am not going to upgrade the processor, just the power supply.
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December 16, 2011 11:25:54 PM

svirf said:
Will this 1 SAPPHIRE 100314-3L Radeon HD 6870 1GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card work in my motherboards H-Alpinia-RS780L-uATX PCI Express x16 slot or am I setting myself up for failure?

I am not going to upgrade the processor, just the power supply.



Hi, I did not receive any feedback from the forum (too bad) but went ahead with my best guess upgrade. Here are my results:
I upgraded hardware via Newegg:
(1) the PSU to Antec EarthWatts EA-650 GREEN 650W ATX12V v2.3 SLI Ready CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Item #: N82E16817371044 for $69.99
(2) added a dual SATA molex adapter for the DVD and BluRay Burners from Amazon for $2.50
(3) added GPU - XFX PV-T86S-ZHF2 GeForce 8400 GS 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card Item #: N82E16814150558 for $39.99

For Less than $115, the computer runs well - however, I was sorely disappointed that I had not received any feedback about the graphics card choices and although the XFX will run BluRay, the computer really still has a hard time with BluRay and it must be run via HDMI to my flat screen HDTV - will not run on the main monitor. I chose this graphics card because it had a fan and was supposed to support BluRay - The performance went up one point on the graphics but it still isn't ideal; although much better than the integrated graphics. It does have D-Sub, DVI, and HDMI outputs (but can only use 2 at a time).
Chipset Manufacturer: NVIDIA (I chose Nvidia because from what I was reading it is better at a single monitor setup and AMD with Eyefinity is better at multiple monitor setups. no one card has comanding driver support for every game over the other. When you look at the benchmarks for the different games and which card has the higher fps for which game if you actually look at the results there is usually only a one to five fps difference and you are not going to notice that so its a wash. If by some chance you see a difference of 10 to 20 fps now you will notice a difference. NVIDIA seems to have more driver updates)

Core Clock: 589MHz Effective Memory Clock: 1066MHz DirectX: DirectX 10.1

OpenGL: OpenGL 3.1

I would still be open to learning more about any improvements that could be made in the rendering of graphics or perhaps I am wanting too much out of this computer motherboard.???

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