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Radeon 7970 Compatibility Question

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June 24, 2012 2:01:46 PM

Hi everyone, i'm thinking of upgrading my Radeon 6450 to the 7970. So before I go out and blow $500+ I thought I'd better ask the pros first.


Heres all the specs I can get on this:

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
Other OS Description Not Available
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name DAVE-PC
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Studio XPS 9100
System Type x64-based PC
Processor Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 @ 3.20GHz, 3201 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A04, 21/10/2010
SMBIOS Version 2.6
Windows Directory C:\Windows
System Directory C:\Windows\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
Locale Canada
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
User Name Dave-PC\Dave
Time Zone Eastern Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 12.0 GB
Total Physical Memory 12.0 GB
Available Physical Memory 9.50 GB
Total Virtual Memory 24.0 GB
Available Virtual Memory 21.0 GB
Page File Space 12.0 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

Moniter: 1920x1080

GPU: Radeon HD 6450

RAM: 12 GB

My pc

What i want to get

So does this seem reasonable?

Thanks

a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 2:48:44 PM

I believe its a custom intel x58 chipset, so thats not a problem. Your PSU is in question however. I need to know how much power your psu puts out, if its the same one they use in the Alien Aurora than you will be fine if not :( 
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June 24, 2012 3:02:13 PM

Alright, so about the psu. If I get a new one, what would the wattage on it have to be?
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a b U Graphics card
June 24, 2012 3:10:16 PM

What's the current one? And PSUs are not always swapable on OEM PCs so you may run into problems there... (my last purchased computer before I started building my own was a Compaq that would absolutely not function with any non-Compaq PSU.)
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June 24, 2012 4:05:42 PM

I have no idea what it is, sorry :/  I could just take it to my local computer repair shop though and ask them to take a look at its compatibility. Thanks for all the help :) 
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