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How to tell if a graphics card is compatible with a computer?

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May 1, 2012 6:16:43 PM

I've ordered a new Zoostorm i3 computer and am considering buying a Radeon HD 6770 1GB, too. I've looked around the internet but haven't found much out about the motherboard and power supply. Does anybody know if the two are compatible?

Thanks.

http://www.novatech.co.uk/products/components/atiradeon...

http://www.littlewoods.com/zoostorm-core-i3-2120-proces...

Oh yeah, and the computer doesn't come for 1 week so I thought it would be a good idea to buy that now, and then it should be here by the time the computer comes.

Cheers again
a c 91 U Graphics card
May 1, 2012 6:23:26 PM

Most video cards are compatible with modern motherboards, as long as your power supply can provide enough power to power the whole thing.

Since you've got an i3 2120 in that computer, the motherboard is definitely compatible because all intel chip-sets for 2nd generation sandy bridge CPUs are compatible with the HD 6770 series. the 6770 also doesn't draw that much power, so I think you should be fine.

All things considered though, the integrated graphics on the i3 is better than you think, you may not see a big difference putting in a 6770. may I recommend an HD 7770 or at least 7750?
May 1, 2012 6:28:20 PM

You know what, now you mention the 7750 I have happened you found one which is cheaper then the 6770. Thanks for that.

I'll definitely be buying a 7750 now. Is there much difference between that and the 7770?
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a c 91 U Graphics card
May 1, 2012 6:39:33 PM

There's definately a difference, and the 7770 is better. but there's always a better card, so here's a list of benchmarks comparing them side by side to help you decide:

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/535?vs=536

FYI, for games, find the relevant resolution for you, and look at fps. generally fps higher than 30 is considered playable, and at the end of the day, unless you want to brag to your friends about that GPU in your computer, everyone just wants to spend the least amount possible and still play all the games they love :) 
May 1, 2012 6:54:34 PM

Thanks for the link to that website I'll definitely use it in the future. I think I'll stick to the 7750 though. For now at least.

Cheers for the help.
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