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Radeon 6870 advice for gaming

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December 6, 2011 5:34:32 AM

Hey everybody!

So I'm completely new to building pc's and would like to ask for help in possibly upgrading my system. My current specs are as follows:

OS: Windows XP SP3
PROCESSOR: Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 @ 2.50 ghz
MOBO: Asus P5N73-AM (
GPU: GeForce 7050
RAM: 3.12 gb
DISPLAY: 1920 x 1080

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.

Any advice/guidance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! :) 
a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 5:53:57 AM

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 ;

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

my opinion though :) 
a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 6:07:43 AM

yes, you can use the 6870 ONLY if you have a quality PSU 500+ watt
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a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 6:37:37 AM

you can buy windforce 3x from Gigabyte 6870 OC~
December 6, 2011 7:41:32 AM

6870 is a good choice, they are good value right now. You will want to make sure you have a half decent power supply as ohmy said. 450-500watts should be plenty.

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December 6, 2011 8:50:09 AM

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.
a b U Graphics card
December 6, 2011 9:11:01 AM

hmmm - i forgot the part about the PSU :) 

a quality 450W PSU will be good enough if you don't plan on making any future upgrades round the corner...

XFX, corsair, antec, NZXT , seasonic and the new OCZ's make good PSU's - can't go wrong with them.
December 7, 2011 7:14:26 AM

Okay cool. Thanks Lutfij for the info on OC'ing my computer. I'll definitely take note of that. Current funding constraints do prevent me from doing that at the moment though haha :) 

I probably will just upgrade my gpu to the Radeon 6870. Thanks for the PSU wattage recc's also. I do need to upgrade my psu seeing as to how I'm only running 300W's at the moment.

Thanks to everyone for the advice/help!

December 7, 2011 7:19:01 AM

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