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Windows 7: Computer upgrade advice for new graphics card


01 Sep 2011   #1
sooty1892

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
Computer upgrade advice for new graphics card

Hi

Here's my current specs:
AMD Athlon 64 X2 5400+ @ 2.8Ghz
WinFast 6150M2MA (Socket AM2 )
3.00 GB Single-Channel DDR2
ATI Radeon HD 5450
156GB ExcelStor HDD
2 x LITEON DVD-ROM
330W Seasonic PSU
Raidmax Sagitta case

Would a new AT Radeon HD 6870 work in this computer at the moment? I was wondering if I had the correct connections really since the computer is quite old, still using IDE connections.
Thanks


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01 Sep 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

I'm sure you would need a much larger PSU to run that card, here's the specs.


AMD Radeon
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01 Sep 2011   #3
sooty1892

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

thats what I was thinking but them all the connections would be for sata devices and mine are currently ide?
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01 Sep 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

That SATA/IDE is for HDDs and not v cards, PCI-e connectors are needed for (big) v cards, not to mention that card may be too big/long to fit in an older case.
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01 Sep 2011   #5
sooty1892

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

ye but if I get a new PSU, which im happy to do, there would be no ide connections for my hard drives as far as I can figure out. Also the case is fine for length.
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01 Sep 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

OK I get what you're saying, have a look at this page.


Newegg.com - Computer Hardware, Computer Accessories, Cables, Power Cables
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01 Sep 2011   #7
sooty1892

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

sorry if im being an idiot but does a molex connector from a PSU plug into an ide hard drive or is that something different?
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