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Help seeing if graphics card is compatible with my computer..

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August 24, 2012 6:59:49 AM

I want to get a AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 Graphics Card but know if my mainboard and cpu can take it.

CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8200
Mainboard: ASUSTeK - P5G41C-M LX
August 24, 2012 8:14:07 AM

HD 7970 is quite a high-end graphics card, so your e8200 might bottleneck it. I suggest going for an i3-2100 or an amd phenom x4 980/970 at least with a decent motherboard. What are your screen resolutions for monitor anyway??? If you plan on gaming at 2560*1440 or more, you will need a better processor like the i5-2400 at least.
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August 24, 2012 9:53:32 AM

Please list your full system specs, including your power supply :) 
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August 24, 2012 10:21:39 AM

The Core 2 Duo's are very low power consuming CPU's so by assumptions you might have a PSU of a low wattage?

The E8200 would definitely bottleneck a 7970 without a doubt, and without playing at high resolutions the GPU would be sort of underused. You'd need a CPU upgrade first to take full advantage of such a high end GPU. Advisable upgrades would be high end i3's or i5's at least. Or Phenom ii x4's to use the whole of a 7970 without bottlenecking.

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August 25, 2012 5:21:47 AM

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So what model CPU and Monitor do you recomend?
Noodl said:
The Core 2 Duo's are very low power consuming CPU's so by assumptions you might have a PSU of a low wattage?

The E8200 would definitely bottleneck a 7970 without a doubt, and without playing at high resolutions the GPU would be sort of underused. You'd need a CPU upgrade first to take full advantage of such a high end GPU. Advisable upgrades would be high end i3's or i5's at least. Or Phenom ii x4's to use the whole of a 7970 without bottlenecking.

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