The Radeon 7770 needs a 6 pin connector for extra power. I want to make sure our unit has one before ordering it. (I have already ordered a 500w PSU). I have looked in the unit and at the spec page and I am not sure we can power the Radeon 7770. I've looked online four hours and can't seem to find this addressed. Thanks! (Mom)
looks like the Motherboard supports up to PCIe 16x v2.0
The 7770 is a PCIe 16x v3.0 card
While it may work it may not work optimally.
A 6850 can be picked up for about the same price ~$100 and is PCIe 16x v2.0
(it is also about the same performance)
The CPU in that machine is somewhat slow however.
(scoring about 1674 avg vs newer CPU scoring 5000+)(cite: passmark)
A complete upgrade might be recommended depending on what you need to do with it.
Hmmm, so two slightly different answers. Not exactly sure which way to go based on the PCI version differences which I hadn't considered or noticed. If I had to go down to a 6850, not sure if it's worth the price of the upgrades or not. The extra memory and such in the 7770 seemed worth it for a year or so. We're already up to $180, and that's with no other upgrades. I think a base-line gaming computer could start around $500. I thought the fun of a rebuild would interest him or I may have just waited. I figured if we did a build, we could re-use the PSU, and if not, further upgrades might necessitate it.