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

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.
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  1. What PSU do you have?
  2. 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.
  3. 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

    Need system specs

    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?

    Need system specs
  4. 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...
  5. Best answer
    How much is he charging? You can get a new 6870 (followup of the 5870) for $140USD or so.
  6. Hundred bucks, how much better would the 6870 be? Would I need to buy a fan?
  7. 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.
  8. fultoa said:
    Hundred bucks, how much better would the 6870 be? Would I need to buy a fan?


    It's almost exactly the same in terms of performance. Shouldn't have to buy a fan because it comes with a stock cooler.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561
  9. 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?
  10. 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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