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Will this be compatible? A zotax 560 wasnt

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April 6, 2012 6:22:11 PM


I assembled a new system last week.

cpu: i5 2550k 3.4ghz
mobo: P8Z68-V LX S1155 Intel Z68 DDR3 ATX
memory: 8gb PNY DDR3 1333mhz optima modules (4gb x 2) with heatsinks
hdd: seagate 250gb 7200rpm sataIII
psu: coolermaster 650W GX psu (
GPU: Zotac GTX 560 2GB Graphics Card (

This combo booted up fine but whenever I tried to do anything involving direct X, it would crash.

I tried playing mass effect 1 and 2, and furmark.

When I launched these the screen would turn a single colour - usually purple, light blue or orangey red, it would hold that colour for a few seconds, then the whole system would reboot.

I could not ctrl-alt-del when this was happening.

The core temperatures were never very high on the motherboard, cpu or gpu.

The latest drivers were installed for everything and I tried a few older drivers for the gpu.

I even wiped the hdd and installed everything from scratch with no luck.

After some research I found that many people were having problems with Zotec 560 series cards.

My question:

I did my research for the original build and it *should* have worked. Will the above system work with a Sapphire 6870 radeon instead? (

Sorry for the long post and I would appreciate all views and input.

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April 7, 2012 10:09:18 AM

a c 185 U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 10:27:03 AM

bumps are not allowed here.

To make sure if the GTX 560 was the problem, try it on another sufficient system, and see if it's like that too, if no then something must be wrong with your system parts (great idea to check them one by one), but if yes it's like that, before getting a 6870, try RMA-ing. If not successful then get the 6870, it should be fine.
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April 7, 2012 10:42:52 AM

Thanks for the reply refillable

I have tried running the system with just one memory stick and both worked individually.

I dont have any friends that have computers (they all have macbooks or consoles!) so I dont have another system that I could test the GPU on.

The computer runs fine for everything else - web browsing etc, it was only when I tried to launch a 3d program. I left it to transfer files across a network and after 3 hours of transfer the system temperatures had barely changed.

I will be getting the 6870 in a few days, hopefully it will solve the problem.

Do you think I should just wipe the hdd and start again to prevent driver conflicts or will this not be an issue since it will be a radeon?
a c 185 U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 10:51:21 AM

I don't think you need to wipe the HDD out just for that, all you need is cleanly uninstall your old nvidia driver. If you want to do it though, you can.
April 7, 2012 11:36:48 AM

one other question about the above system:

Would it be a decent gaming rig?

I would be looking to play mass effect 3 (after I complete 2).

Im not really a big gamer, but I go through phases in which I might play a couple of hours a night for a few weeks.

Any tips for small changes to improve it?
April 7, 2012 12:11:23 PM

with a gtx 560 yes it will...
April 7, 2012 12:20:01 PM

and with a 6870 instead?
a c 185 U Graphics card
April 7, 2012 12:54:23 PM

Don't bother with the hwcompare link above OP, this site is not accurate, and this is a comparison of a 6870 vs 560 Ti. In reality, the 6870 should perform the same as 560 (non-Ti). Yes, it'll be a decent Gaming rig, but I wish you can get something better like 560 ti or 7850.
April 7, 2012 12:58:51 PM

refillable said:
I wish you can get something better like 560 ti or 7850.

yeah i agree gtx ti 448 core should be a good option