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Asus Essentio CM6850-08 Video card upgrade

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December 3, 2011 4:33:42 AM

Hello all. I just bought a Asus Essentio CM6850-08 desktop and I am looking to upgrade to a SAPPHIRE FleX 100314FLEX Radeon HD 6870 video card. First, is it easy to install this? Also, is there an advantage of going with a dual Mini displayport vid card over a single full displayport? I'm very new at this. Thanks!
December 3, 2011 4:56:50 AM

first of all check if ur psu can actually handle that card i think u will need a min of 500 watts of a good branded psu(seasonic,xfx...)

it is easily installed no problem there just dont force stuff .

u may need dual display port for for multmonitor eyefinity setup but if u are using 1 monitor than one single display port is fine .

good luck
December 3, 2011 5:02:40 AM

Everything is still in a box but I am installing a 750W PS in it and a Bly ray burner. I am just unsure of the video card.
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December 3, 2011 5:08:42 AM

the card is good but why not going with a 6950 2gb it could be unlocked to 6970 specs ? it is way better than the 6870 imo and relativly cheap
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December 3, 2011 7:05:05 AM

@jasonc
what's your primary use of the card ? Gaming or jut HD movies ? what's your monitor resolution? what's your total system specs (CPU,RAM,MOBO,PSU).
December 3, 2011 2:19:45 PM

Screen is also a Asus, 21.5" 1080P. Comp use will be HD movies&editing. I dont mind spending a little more on a graphics card that will be still performing well 3 years from now with the newer software programs coming out. Is it fairly easy to install a graphics card in this comp?

Comp. specs:

8 GB RAM
Processor Model # i7-2600
Cores/Threads 4/8
Clock Speed 3.4 GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 3.80GHz
will have a corsair 750W PS installed
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December 3, 2011 3:28:56 PM

Upgrading from HD 6850 to HD 6870 is a minor upgrade and not worthy at all, for video editing you only need a decent GPU with enough VRAM and the HD 6850 is superior for this, if you're more than a professional and all your work rely on Software GPU acceleration get a nVidia Quadro FX but it will be a bit expensive.

But at this moment i don't see you need an upgrade, the HD 6850 is able to view and edit ultra blu-ray movies.
December 4, 2011 1:41:24 AM

Is the video card easy to install? What's in the PC now is a UMA card. When I install the card, will the comp recognize it automatically?
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December 4, 2011 1:49:16 AM

You install the card in the PCIE 2.0 x16 slot, you hook up the PCIE 6 pin power connectors, boot up the PC and install the latest drivers from AMD website, then you're set.
December 11, 2011 2:35:53 AM

Hi. I installed the video card no problem but noticed when I try to hook up the asus monitor HDMI cable to the new video card, it doesn't work. I have to plug the monitor into the integrated HDMI port. I installed the latest drivers and the CD that came with the HD 6850. Is this normal? How do I know if the new video card took hold?
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December 12, 2011 11:36:26 AM

Did you try the other outputs, such as DVI ?
December 12, 2011 4:32:53 PM

No. I will give that a try.
December 12, 2011 11:49:03 PM

ilysaml said:
Did you try the other outputs, such as DVI ?


DVI outputs do not work either.
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December 13, 2011 4:55:16 AM

This means that you've problem with your card, not the outputs.
December 13, 2011 12:01:53 PM

ilysaml said:
This means that you've problem with your card, not the outputs.


I was able to fix the problem. I turned of the comp., unplugged the power on the AMD, then turned of the comp. plugged back in the power for the AMD, then booted up the PC and all ok now.

I do notice that even at 1900X1080 display, the window on any program has 1 inch cropped around the boarders. Any reason why?
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December 13, 2011 12:28:41 PM

Make sure that the refresh rate is @60 Hz. Then navigate to CCC>>>My Digital Flat Panel>>>Scaling Options, and set it to Overscan (0%). This should fix the problem.
December 13, 2011 12:51:08 PM

ilysaml said:
Make sure that the refresh rate is @60 Hz. Then navigate to CCC>>>My Digital Flat Panel>>>Scaling Options, and set it to Overscan (0%). This should fix the problem.


Thanks. how do I navigate to CCC?
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December 13, 2011 12:55:01 PM

Catalyst Control Center, if you installed the latest drivers from AMD you should see it in the system tray.
December 13, 2011 1:44:11 PM

ilysaml said:
Catalyst Control Center, if you installed the latest drivers from AMD you should see it in the system tray.


The driver ver. I have now is 8.850.0.0 I do not see CCC in the system tray. How do I get to CCC?
December 13, 2011 1:51:48 PM

Even though I have a Asus monitor, under the monitor tab it says generic PnP monitor. Is this ok? I'm using true color 32 bit, 60 HZ. Cannot find overscan to set to 0%.
December 13, 2011 11:37:50 PM

ilysaml said:
Make sure that the refresh rate is @60 Hz. Then navigate to CCC>>>My Digital Flat Panel>>>Scaling Options, and set it to Overscan (0%). This should fix the problem.


Downloaded the latest AMD Catalyst and applied the above settings and it worked! Thanks so much for your help. I'm happy now. :D 
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December 14, 2011 6:46:17 AM

Anytime ;) 
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