I was wondering if the Radeon 6870 would be compatible with my mobo? Would I be able to get away with just upgrading the gpu? Also, do you have any suggestions on what I can do to improve my computer as far as performance/graphics-wise?
My basic goal is to ideally try and just upgrade my gpu. I play games such as Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 (soon), Heroes of Newerth, and Lord of the Rings Online. I would like to be able to play these games smoothly and preferably on ultra settings.
1| welcome to the forums
2| switch OS to Win7 32 or
3| you can try and drop in ram to make it a round figure - aka 4GB and then get x64 win7
4| get an after market cooler like the Hyper 212 evo and than you can try to OC that CPU.
5| i know from experience and reading that nvidia chipset mobo's are a PITA for OC'ing so be prepared to BE patient and have some time wasted...
6| more info for your needs ; http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f273/solved-oc-a...
7| you'll need to dial down the details if you want to run it at 1920x1080 res, inversely, you can run your games with higher detail but at 1280x720 res.
8| eventually your cpu/ram/mobo will be the bottleneck/limiting factor
9| which leads me to say, investing anymore on your rig would be better off going to get a new SandyBridge rig or an H67 build
I have a Q8200 (2.33ghz) with a 6870, and I have no problems running any of those games maxed. Well idk about the new Diablo yet...The only game I have I cannot max is BF3. I have to run that on medium, or high with some lowered settings. Still looks real good to me though. I have an Antec Earthwatts 550w PS. My total system draw including moniter (22" LG 1080) Is 283 watts while gaming. So 500w minimum recommended. I bought the 6870 probably over a year ago now, I have no complaints even today. I don't see any in the future either.