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Upgrading 8800GTS, Will a Radeon 5870 do the trick?

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May 4, 2012 11:49:25 PM

Well, I'm looking to upgrade from my 8800GTS to a newer card to run games such as Skyrim, etc. My friend offered me that he would sell his Radeon HD 5870 for 100 bucks, and I'm just wondering if this is a good card... Is it about the same size as my current card? I also have no current powersupply, but I can easily go buy one.

My system specs are...

Processor 3.0GHz 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2320
Memory 6GB
Memory Type DDR3
Maximum Memory Supported Not Avail.
Hard Drive 2.0TB SATA
Hard Drive Speed 5400RPM
CD-DVD Drive 24X DVD-RW
Graphics: 8800 GTS
Dimensions 16.12”(H) x 6.8"(W) x 16.5"(D)

from what I researched.
a b U Graphics card
May 4, 2012 11:51:40 PM

What PSU do you have?
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May 4, 2012 11:54:03 PM

I don't have one at the moment, should have added that in. I'm really looking for a lot of information on what I would need... etc.
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May 5, 2012 12:05:18 AM

if your rig came with a 8800GTS you most likely have a Core 2 Duo or Athlon64/Phenom cpu which may not actually be enough for modern games

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I get the feeling the 8800GTS may actually draw more power on average then that ATi 5870... then again always good to have a decent psu

PSU - you DO have one or your rig will not start its the power box where you plug in the power cable -- brand and model?

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May 5, 2012 12:17:42 AM

Okay, posting system specs...

Processor 3.0GHz 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2320
Memory 6GB
Memory Type DDR3
Maximum Memory Supported Not Avail.
Hard Drive 2.0TB SATA
Hard Drive Speed 5400RPM
CD-DVD Drive 24X DVD-RW
Graphics: 8800 GTS
Dimensions 16.12”(H) x 6.8"(W) x 16.5"(D)

Also, I do not have a PSU at all...
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May 5, 2012 12:45:54 AM

How much is he charging? You can get a new 6870 (followup of the 5870) for $140USD or so.
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May 5, 2012 12:46:48 AM

Hundred bucks, how much better would the 6870 be? Would I need to buy a fan?
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May 5, 2012 12:54:46 AM

fultoa said:
Okay, posting system specs...

Processor 3.0GHz 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2320
Memory 6GB
Memory Type DDR3
Maximum Memory Supported Not Avail.
Hard Drive 2.0TB SATA
Hard Drive Speed 5400RPM
CD-DVD Drive 24X DVD-RW
Graphics: 8800 GTS
Dimensions 16.12”(H) x 6.8"(W) x 16.5"(D)

Also, I do not have a PSU at all...

Are you sure? If you dont have a psu, then your system is not running at all. PSU = Power Supply. If you dont have a psu i suggest a good quality 500w unit, then you can chose whatever mid-high end graphics card you like. but yes, the 5870 will be a good upgrade to what you have, $100 is not bad, so long as the card is working properly and the fan bearing isnt making noises or anything. They are getting a bit old though and it might not last all that long.
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May 5, 2012 12:59:15 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
Are you sure? If you dont have a psu, then your system is not running at all. PSU = Power Supply. If you dont have a psu i suggest a good quality 500w unit, then you can chose whatever mid-high end graphics card you like. but yes, the 5870 will be a good upgrade to what you have, $100 is not bad, so long as the card is working properly and the fan bearing isnt making noises or anything. They are getting a bit old though and it might not last all that long.


Well, I might have one built in, I'm not 100% sure, but I am willing to buy a 500w unit if I need to. Will the 5870 fit as well? I mean, is it relatively the same size as the 8800GTS?
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May 5, 2012 1:19:33 AM

fultoa said:
Well, I might have one built in, I'm not 100% sure, but I am willing to buy a 500w unit if I need to. Will the 5870 fit as well? I mean, is it relatively the same size as the 8800GTS?


Should be about the same length (~9 in).
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May 5, 2012 4:47:51 AM

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