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XFX HD Radeon 6870 - Heavy Artifact's

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January 10, 2012 5:42:21 PM

So about a year ago I built my brother a computer and we recently upgraded his graphics to a 6870. Here are the PC specs specifically.

Athlon II x3 455
Asus AM3 M4A87 TD Evo
4gb 2x2gb G.skill RAM
Samsung spinpoint f3 500gb
Antec 300 Illusion case(3 120mm LED and 1 140mm LED Fan)
Ultra LSP 550w PSU
HP Cd/Dvd rw drive
XFX HD 6870

He has had the card for under 24 hours now and a couple minutes ago he had two WoW crashes due to full blow artifacting. Im wondering if this could be as simple as a driver issue or if the PSU is not strong enough for the card.
a c 125 U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 5:44:57 PM

Can he try another game?

Also what are the temps for the card like under load?
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January 10, 2012 5:46:52 PM

60-62C at load, hes been playing WoW now for about 2-3 hours since it happened with no problems but it still has me a little nervous. He's also been playing BF3 60-62c at load earlier today and hasnt had problems with that yet. Thanks for the quick reply.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 5:50:34 PM

No worries, hopefully its sorted now

Do you know if he had an nVidia card before?
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January 10, 2012 5:51:42 PM

His previous card was a Sapphire 5750. Ive read of people havign conflicts with 11.11 AMD drivers with the 6870 but id rather just have second and third opinions on the PSU with the 6870.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 5:57:50 PM

The PSU only has 30A on the +12V rail or 360W, modern PC components draw almost all of their power from the +12V rail(s), the Ultra LSP550 seems to have alot of its power on the 3.3 and 5V rails.

Its alittle borderline to be honest.
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January 10, 2012 6:02:46 PM

Im going to order him a PSU right now, He will never crossfire but probably upgrade to a 1090t in the future, maybe another HDD or two aswell. Any recommendations?
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a c 125 U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 6:06:07 PM

What's the budget?
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January 10, 2012 6:10:33 PM

He has about 200$. I think he doesnt want to spend anymore than 100 so anywhere from 75-100$. Somethign reliable that will last a while and work with future upgrades would be great
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January 10, 2012 6:18:43 PM

I think im leaning towards the Corsair TX 650.
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a c 125 U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 6:21:24 PM

rhartzell88 said:
I think im leaning towards the Corsair TX 650.


Lol, great minds think alike :p 
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January 10, 2012 6:26:06 PM

Hehe, I dont mind overkill on something like the PSU. Can never go wrong with that!
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a c 125 U Graphics card
January 10, 2012 6:34:08 PM

rhartzell88 said:
Hehe, I dont mind overkill on something like the PSU. Can never go wrong with that!


Yeah true, I've got a XFX Pro platinum 1000W with a HD5450 haha... only temporary until I can afford a GPU less crap :p 
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