Help Please ! HD 6870


I am building a new PC

here goes the specs :

Corsair 400R Mid Tower Cabinet
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 EVO Cooler
HIS AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X GPU 1 GB GDDR5 Graphics Card
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB Desktop Internal Hard Drive (ST500DM002)
ASRock 970 Extreme 4 Motherboard
AMD 3.6 GHz AM3+ FX4100 Processor
Seasonic S12II 520 Watts PSU
G.Skill RipjawsX DDR3 4 GB (1 x 4 GB) PC RAM (F3-12800CL9S-4GBXL) x 2

Just one question is the "HIS AMD/ATI Radeon HD 6870 IceQ X" compatible with the motherboard as it is PCI-E 2.1 Bus std and the sapphire one is 2.0 std ????

I am a real noobie so plz suggest and please suggest if rest of the part are compatible with each other :)

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  1. Yes they are both compatible since the PCIe std is backwards compatible. Everything in the build is compatible.
  2. It will work fine, but for the same price as that 6870 IceQ (cheaper after rebate), you can get a superior Radeon 7850.


    Also, the FX4100 would not be my first choice unless you are getting a really good deal on it. If you can swing an FX-4300 or 6300 with the new Vishera architecture, you are going to be happier. Also, you want to be running RAM in pairs, so add a second 4GB stick (or us 2x2 if you are going to run 4GB total)
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