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AMD 6950 compatibility check

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January 22, 2012 8:34:12 AM

I'm planning on upgrading my current GPU, a nVidia 9500 GT 1GB.

My motherboard is ASUS MSQ-M4N68T-MV2, running an AMD Phenom II quad core 3.0 GHz and 4 GB DDR3 Kingston.

My question is, does my motherboard support the AMD 6950 GPU? I'll be upgrading my PSU along with the card if it's compatible. If it is not compatible, then what's the best card I can get for my current motherboard that's in the range of 200-250$?

Is my motherboard going to be a bottleneck? Would it be better to upgrade my motherboard along with the graphics card? My budget is currently limited to 250$, and my priority is a new graphics card.

I mostly work in Maya and 3DSMax, and I do enjoy playing new games. So I look forward to your suggestions! Thanks a lot :) 
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January 22, 2012 9:07:17 AM

No nothing will bottleneck, but tell me what's your Phenom Model? and what's your gaming resolution?
The HD 6950 requires a quality brand 500W PSU, if you have that already then you're good to go.
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January 22, 2012 9:08:56 AM

The 6950 will run just fine with that motherboard. The motherboard itself will not bottleneck it.
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January 22, 2012 9:15:11 AM

your system will not bottleneck it you will be just fine for an gpu upgrade the hd 6950 will be better and for psu the seasonic would be a better brand:) 
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January 22, 2012 10:33:30 AM

I think it will work fine! :) 
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January 22, 2012 2:44:53 PM

Thanks a lot for the response guys! Also, is there something in the 200$ range that would be slightly lower quality than the 6950? Or is the 6950 the best I can get with my budget?

ilysaml said:
No nothing will bottleneck, but tell me what's your Phenom Model? and what's your gaming resolution?
The HD 6950 requires a quality brand 500W PSU, if you have that already then you're good to go.


It's an AMD Phenom II X4 945, 3 GHz, 4 cores. My gaming resolution right now is 1600x900 with medium settings, and most games seem to run fine with playable framerates.

My major concern at the moment is particle rendering time in Maya. I'm an animation student and most of my VFx renders really kill my computer.
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January 22, 2012 2:50:33 PM

The 6950 2 gig models can be unlocked to 6970 shaders and speeds with a little research, best bang for your buck in that price range. Unless you can find something on Newegg open box :) 
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January 22, 2012 3:37:25 PM

paari1 said:
Thanks a lot for the response guys! Also, is there something in the 200$ range that would be slightly lower quality than the 6950? Or is the 6950 the best I can get with my budget?

My major concern at the moment is particle rendering time in Maya. I'm an animation student and most of my VFx renders really kill my computer.

Would be the GTX 560ti (standard), similar performance with close price, $190 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Your major concern will make you change all your PC. For 3D applications, animations & rendering you're better off with a business class GPU such as nVidia Quadro or ATI FirePro and those cards are pretty expensive, besides you need a faster CPU in rendering which is one of the Core I7 families + plenty of RAM. If you're just a beginner the GTX 560ti will serve you well if you're going deep into your work you should consider an upgrade.
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