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Is my 7870 broken?

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December 3, 2012 5:55:09 AM

I just recently upgraded from a GTX 285 to a MSI 7870 HAWK. However, when playing the same games on the same settings, the 7870 actually performs worse, and lags in a few games like NFS Most Wanted. Or perhaps its a CPU or PSU bottleneck?

Specs:

i7 920 @ 2.67 GHz
12 GB DDR3
750w PSU (I think it could be my PSU as its a old, no name brand)

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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 6:00:20 AM

keereeyos said:
750w PSU (I think it could be my PSU as its a old, no name brand)

Maybe :D , but its still better to upgrade, your PSU might not be able to keep up in the next few years

Go for any PSU (At least 550W) from any of these good brands-

Antec
Seasonic
Corsair
XFX
Silverstone

But before you do that, check-

Is your drivers the newest one (12.10 minimum?)
Have you uninstalled your Nvidia drivers (Shouldn't be the problem but just incase)
Are your cables connected properly?
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 6:00:43 AM

Well even if it was bottlenecking the CPU, it shouldn't perform worse than before. Do you have latest drivers? All power cables hooked up?
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a c 90 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 6:03:42 AM

You've got the latest drivers?
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December 3, 2012 6:23:23 AM

Yes, I got the latest drivers (12.10), both 6pins plugged in, plugged on a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (old mobo too).

I'm tight on money as of now so a complete upgrade on everything else isn't possible, I could shell out a max of $100 on a new PSU though.
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a c 109 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 6:30:43 AM

Did you uninstall the nvidia drivers first!?
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December 3, 2012 6:47:55 AM

amuffin said:
Did you uninstall the nvidia drivers first!?


Of course. Uninstalled my nvidia driver plus everything else that is nvidia related. Took my 285 out, put in my 7870, then installed Catalyst 12.10.
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 6:54:12 AM

keereeyos said:
Of course. Uninstalled my nvidia driver plus everything else that is nvidia related. Took my 285 out, put in my 7870, then installed Catalyst 12.10.

Then take my advice from my first post and get a better PSU, while there is a 10% chance it may not be the problem, you have to upgrade anyway. Also, you can easily find a good PSU for less then $100 :sol: 
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December 3, 2012 7:10:14 AM

Ravyu said:
Then take my advice from my first post and get a better PSU, while there is a 10% chance it may not be the problem, you have to upgrade anyway. Also, you can easily find a good PSU for less then $100 :sol: 

What would be a good PSU for a $100?

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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 7:13:36 AM

Corsair TX650v2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Actually there are others too, but I can't post a link for them

Seasonic s12ii 620w 87 + fs bronze
Antec HCG 620w 90 bronze
Enermax NAXN82+ 50w 90 + 6 bronze
Seasonic M12ii 620w 90$ bronze

Don't forget to choose the best answer!

Happy Gaming !!
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a c 109 U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 7:42:50 AM

Have you tried the 12.11 drivers?
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December 3, 2012 10:59:49 PM

Just to clarify something before buying a new PSU. I'm pretty sure its my PSU thats causing the problem as it splits 4 ways with the +12v rail with 18A each (pretty sure they don't combine)
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 11:14:38 PM

keereeyos said:
Just to clarify something before buying a new PSU. I'm pretty sure its my PSU thats causing the problem as it splits 4 ways with the +12v rail with 18A each (pretty sure they don't combine)

Ok :sol: 
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a b U Graphics card
December 3, 2012 11:18:16 PM

7870 needs 32 Amps. If you can hook up a connector from two different rails to each pcie plug, you might be OK. Make sure you drives are all connected to different rails.

If you have the money, I'd prob upgrade, though. Single rail makes life so much easier.
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December 3, 2012 11:37:49 PM

Best answer selected by keereeyos.
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