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Windows 7: Testing HD7870 on old pc?

29 Jun 2013   #1
Brokas

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 
Testing HD7870 on old pc?

Hello, tomorrow my HD7870 is arriving ( It was used by another person, so i want to test it ) . Problem is that i still need cpu for my new pc. So i was wondering if it's safe to test the hd7870 on my old pc? The specs :

AMD Athlon II X2 250
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2
Motherboard - Gigabyte M68M-S2P
Right now i'm on Gts 250 vga. And on 400w Psu but i'll replace it with Ocz zs 650w.

Is it safe to try and test the HD7870 on these specs? Is it even compatible?


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16 Jul 2013   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Brokas prompts a question. Mate why not wait until you have done the new build?? Mind you the PSU is old and may not drive the thing I suppose.

Other than that unless it doesn't fit easily I cannot see any reason why you can't as long as the drivers for it are onboard.
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16 Jul 2013   #3
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

If your PSU has a six pin pci-e connector you should be able to use the 7870. You may not have enough PSU watts to run it hard, ie high frame rates, stress testing and so on.
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16 Jul 2013   #4
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hum madcarter I sorta said that I think the OP just wants to see if it fires up at all. If he hasn't got a six pin then I would suggest getting an adaptor from the Molex connectors because after looking I cannot find any refs that come close to one that he may have - he is in Lithuania and I don't know what is available there. Some of the European brands have some unusual looking cabling from what I can make out form what I have found.
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16 Jul 2013   #5
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Hum madcarter I sorta said that I think the OP just wants to see if it fires up at all. If he hasn't got a six pin then I would suggest getting an adaptor from the Molex connectors because after looking I cannot find any refs that come close to one that he may have - he is in Lithuania and I don't know what is available there. Some of the European brands have some unusual looking cabling from what I can make out form what I have found.
I missed your reference to the six pin PCIe connector, my error. I've seen adapter cables that well accept two molex to one PCIe six pin. That style cable should supply all available PSU wattage, I don't know if the OP's 400 watt PSU would provide sufficient power under a heavy GPU load.
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16 Jul 2013   #6
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by madcratebuilder View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Hum madcarter I sorta said that I think the OP just wants to see if it fires up at all. If he hasn't got a six pin then I would suggest getting an adaptor from the Molex connectors because after looking I cannot find any refs that come close to one that he may have - he is in Lithuania and I don't know what is available there. Some of the European brands have some unusual looking cabling from what I can make out form what I have found.
I missed your reference to the six pin PCIe connector, my error. I've seen adapter cables that well accept two molex to one PCIe six pin. That style cable should supply all available PSU wattage, I don't know if the OP's 400 watt PSU would provide sufficient power under a heavy GPU load.
Yep me neither madcrater Thats why I suggested just turning it on to see if the screen came up if nothing else. The searches I did for the PSU came up with some obscure Europian brands that I know nothing of and I wonder how well built they actually are to be honest.
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