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How do i tell if a GFX is compatible with my pc

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February 9, 2012 1:13:34 AM

my pc is a
Emachines ET1331G

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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 1:26:39 AM

If the GPU is a PCI-E GPU and you have a PCI-E slot, then you are good. Make sure your case has the room though.
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February 9, 2012 1:30:34 AM

Does that -E stand for Express, How do i tell if i hav the room
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 1:34:30 AM

Yup, the is for express. :)  For space, just make sure you have enough space. If the card is a 9 inch card, make sure you have 9 inches of space for it to fit inside where the PCI-E slot is. Also, if you get a card that is dual slot, make sure you have another expansion slot by the PCI-E slot.
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February 9, 2012 1:49:12 AM

Im Lookin at my pc spec its says and it says under expansion slots

Total
1-PCI
2-PCI-E x1
1-PCI-E x16

All the total are available cause my pc has intgrated graphics

im trying to play Minecraft, WoW, DCUO maybe

and i was lookin at this GFX http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

also getting a bigger power supply
would that GFX hook up with my PCI- slots

also lookin to hook up Dual Monitors
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a c 76 U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 1:49:31 AM

you also need to consider power requirements... emachines and all oems come with a power supply that's designed for the components it came with.
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 1:53:06 AM

That card will support dual monitors, but not for gaming. Only one for gaming I believe. Also, what is your resolution and what settings? Get a Corsair, XFX, Seasonic, OCZ, PC Power and Cooling, or an Antec PSU. What is the board layout? How many slots or open spaces are under the PCI-E slot?
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February 9, 2012 1:53:30 AM

ima get a 500w to 600w powr supply
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February 9, 2012 1:58:12 AM

i cant look right now gonna have to unhook it tomorrow and move it, ill have to look at the slots and board layout tomorrow. what do you need to know about the board layout
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February 9, 2012 2:00:55 AM

so the wattage will run the new GFX fine, also will i need to get a new fan
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 2:00:58 AM

DEADPOOL_515 said:
i cant look right now gonna have to unhook it tomorrow and move it, ill have to look at the slots and board layout tomorrow. what do you need to know about the board layout

How much space is under the PCI-E slot or if there is another free expansion slot under it. That is a dual slot card, so you need two slots.
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 2:01:58 AM

DEADPOOL_515 said:
so the wattage will run the new GFX fine, also will i need to get a new fan

Yep, that PSU will be fine, and the hd6850 is better. Also, you don't need a new fan.
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February 9, 2012 2:06:55 AM

so if my pc has 2 PCI-E slots. i can get the corsair 430w PSU and the Saphire 6850 and play WoW fine
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February 9, 2012 2:10:01 AM

also how do i figure out my resolution and settings
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a c 76 U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 2:20:29 AM

you resolution is determined by the monitor. right click on desktop, display settings (or something like that) will show you your current settings
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February 9, 2012 2:24:41 AM

my new monitors be here tomorrow is there a certain resolution im lookin for though
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 2:31:16 AM



there is no certain resolution people are looking for. It is based off of personal preference.

Higher resolutions stress the gpu more than lower ones.

gaming performance on dual monitors @ 1920 by 1080 each on a single 6850 will be ok at best.
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a c 76 U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 2:32:09 AM

the monitors would have listed the resolution when you bought them... if you didn't know the resolution, well.... you probably shouldn't have bought them. but I digress. link or tell us the model number and well tell you. may need a higher gpu if they are hi Res and you want to use both gaming
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February 9, 2012 2:36:10 AM

a friend is giving them to me so i didnt buy them, i dont have to dual monitor but can you game on on whil having a web page or something on the other. if so will that take some of th stress off of th gpu
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 1:29:35 PM

DEADPOOL_515 said:
so if my pc has 2 PCI-E slots. i can get the corsair 430w PSU and the Saphire 6850 and play WoW fine

THAT 430w is fine because it is a high-quality Corsair PSU. It can actually put out the 430w it says it can. You just have to have any expansion slot under the PCI-E slot you are plugging it into. It only plugs into one PCI- slot, but the fan will cover another PCI-E, PCI, PCI-E x1, or whatever expansion slot is under it.
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February 9, 2012 5:25:38 PM

Ok cool thanks. i was considering upgradeing to a better processor would i need a larger PSU for that
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a b U Graphics card
February 9, 2012 5:52:42 PM

I looked up your machine but there were some different versions of it. What version? like I found a -03w and a -05w version. What CPU do you have? Both CPUs are pretty slow though, so I would suggest upgrading. Maybe something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That should be pretty decent along with an hd6850. That 430w Corsair I linked yould run both the hd6850 and the Athlon II X4 I linked just fine.
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February 9, 2012 10:25:05 PM

mine is the 07w its a 1.60 ghz
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February 9, 2012 10:26:32 PM

so the CPU is the right socket type for my PC
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a b U Graphics card
February 10, 2012 12:11:07 AM

Yeah, it should work, unless the TDP on the board doesn't support it. What board is it? I can help you there.
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February 10, 2012 1:02:26 AM

not sure i should have time to get into my tower tomorrow to let you know

btw you have been extremely helpful. Thank you
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a b U Graphics card
February 10, 2012 11:11:46 AM

No problem! :) 
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February 10, 2012 4:27:26 PM

after i make sure the GFX will fit in my pc, im hopin to get it ordered today, will i be able to play WoW with for a week or 2 before i can get the PSU or will i have to have the PSU immediatly
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February 10, 2012 6:34:01 PM

also the 6850 is a PCI-E 2.1 does that make a difference to whether it will fit or not

after doin some searchin it says ill need a minimun of 500w PSU
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a b U Graphics card
February 10, 2012 10:08:21 PM

You need a tape measure to figure out if it will fit. When people say 'make sure it fits' they are usually refering to the dimensions of the case. So in your instance you have to figure out the length of the particular 6850 that you are looking at and then figure out the distance from the back of the case to the front of the hard drive bay holder contraption.
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a b U Graphics card
February 11, 2012 9:19:17 PM

DEADPOOL_515 said:
I hope this helps.

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/3978/700646782250482...


http://img192.imageshack.us/img192/1039/70064667225048286130.jpg

will that 6850 fit
also my PSU is on top, so do all PSU have the same size dimensions?
also im not sure how to take out the 2 slots on the back of case for the GFX

You need to measure the inside of the case and make sure there is enough room where the GPU sits and if you could post a picture of the inside of the machine that would be helpful.
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a b U Graphics card
February 11, 2012 9:20:45 PM

DEADPOOL_515 said:
also the 6850 is a PCI-E 2.1 does that make a difference to whether it will fit or not

after doin some searchin it says ill need a minimun of 500w PSU

PCI-E is backwards compatible, but some PCI-E 2.1 card don't work with PCI-E 1.x. Mine did, but your may not, so I would suggest getting a PCI-E 2.0 card. Maybe a GTX 460 1gb because the performance is on par with the hd6850 and it uses PCI-E 2.0. Also, what is the name of your motherboard?

Also, you don't need a 500w. 430w is just fine. They say 500w because many "500w" PSUs actually only support 300w on the 12v rail, which is what the GPU runs off of. That 430w is a solid 430w and can support the rated power. It's solid. ;) 
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February 12, 2012 3:15:49 AM

this is what i found out about motherboard

eMachines MCP61PM-GM is the MB. So will it fit the HD 6850 please say it will. i made the order yesterday.
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 12:13:38 PM

I will find out after church as long as the case supports it!
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 4:53:22 PM

Yes, it should support the GPU, but when I looked up the board, it said it was an AM2 board, but you are running an AM3 CPU. I am really confused as to how it even runs. :??:  This is what I found you can upgrade the CPU to, AMD Athlon II X4 605e, 615e, or 620e. They are all pretty slow. What is your budget?
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a b U Graphics card
February 12, 2012 4:59:34 PM

Now I found that it support AM3 CPUs? Some of them I guess under 95 TDP? So, I would get an Athlon II X2 that has a under 89w TDP. Can't find any online. They are fading fast. It also has to be socket AM3, not FM1.
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