Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


162 posts

Master Geek


Topic # 59162 29-Mar-2010 10:55
Send private message

Hey guys i have a question.
Im building a gaming PC as money allows, this means buying components as i go.

I figured it would be a good idea to buy a graphics card first as i should hopefully be able to use it in my current PC untill i have the required parts to build the new one.

My current PC is:
3.6Ghz celeron
2gb of ram
currently running geforce 7600gt graphics card.
300w PSU

my question is - can i run an ati 4870 card in this machine if i upgrade the PSU?
I realise the CPU / the whole system will be a bottleneck on the 4870 card but just wanted to make sure i wasent doing anything too stupid(dangerous) by installing an 800w PSU in above machine along with the 4870 card..
(it would only temporary untill i can collect all components needed for new build, then i will revert current PC back to 300w PSU and 7600gt card)

basially want to make sure my PC wont explode!
cheers :)


Create new topic

xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
8854 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1304

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 312360 29-Mar-2010 12:01
Send private message

What sort of motherboard you currently running ?
Im on a NForce based 939 board and tried a newer ATI card in it around Xmas.... it hated it. Kept BSODing my system even during a fresh install.

Other older ATI cards I had tried worked fine but not the newer one.

Ended up with a better 2nd hand Nvidia card which I havent looked back on :)




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz




162 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 312368 29-Mar-2010 12:21
Send private message

Thanks for the reply, im at work at the moment so am unsure of the exact motherboard.

Its not an aftermarket one, its just whatever came with the PC when it was bought so is proberbly pretty low end.

Really just want to know if its safe and wont physically damage the hardware.
thanks

xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
8854 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1304

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 312391 29-Mar-2010 13:26
Send private message

If its an older board it maye not be able to use a newer card anyway.... newer cards are PCI-E - do you know if your current motherboard has PCI-E ?

Apart from that, PSU should be fine as the system will only draw what it needs, the PSU shouldnt be pushing out its full wattage :)




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz




162 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 312397 29-Mar-2010 13:51
Send private message

hi there, yes it does have a PCI-E slot. -
it currently running a geforce 7600GT no probs.
I guess ill go ahead and give it a go!

One more question - Will i need to remove/uninstall the Nvidia drivers before i install the 4870 ? or can i have both sets of driver software installed?

Thanks! 



 

xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
8854 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1304

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 312404 29-Mar-2010 14:17
Send private message

In theory it should be ok, but in practise its a different matter ;) Personally Id remove the Nvidia drivers first, then remove the 7600 card. Install the ATI card, then drivers.




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz


3584 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 149

Trusted

  Reply # 312410 29-Mar-2010 14:42
Send private message

You might not be able to utilise the full power of your new video card until your processor is upgraded.  Celeron was never made for gaming unfortunately.

Anyway, you may also need to upgrade your PSU for your much more powerful 4870 card.

EDIT: Just noted that you have mentioned about the PSU.  800W PSU is overkill really.  Anything in the 600W range should be sufficient. 



162 posts

Master Geek


  Reply # 312442 29-Mar-2010 15:46
Send private message

thanks for the info everyone. much appreciatedSmile

xpd

Chief Trash Bandit
8854 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1304

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 312445 29-Mar-2010 15:51
Send private message

Heh, you mentioning Celerons not for gaming reminds me of when I got my Celeron 700 way back in the day... thought it was great until a friend came over with his new Duron 850 - everyone at the time said they were similar in speed etc, but his Duron kicked the #^#$ out of my Celeron in games ;)
And I had the better video car at the time too... I was gutted :) Purchased a P3 1ghz the next week.......




XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

For Free Games, Geekiness and Reviews, visit :

 

Home Of The Overrated Raccoons

 

Battlenet : XPD#11535    Origin/Steam/Epic/Uplay : xpdnz


8026 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 387

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 312509 29-Mar-2010 17:40
Send private message

I think you're at the stage where your current stuff is so old it's generally it's advisable to upgrade the cpu, motherboard, ram, psu, case, monitor and video card together/at once.




Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel introduces new NUC kits and NUC mini PCs
Posted 16-Aug-2018 11:03


The Warehouse leaps into the AI future with Google
Posted 15-Aug-2018 17:56


Targus set sights on enterprise and consumer growth in New Zealand
Posted 13-Aug-2018 13:47


Huawei to distribute nova 3i in New Zealand
Posted 9-Aug-2018 16:23


Home robot Vector to be available in New Zealand stores
Posted 9-Aug-2018 14:47


Panasonic announces new 2018 OLED TV line up
Posted 7-Aug-2018 16:38


Kordia completes first live 4K TV broadcast
Posted 1-Aug-2018 13:00


Schools get safer and smarter internet with Managed Network Upgrade
Posted 30-Jul-2018 20:01


DNC wants a safer .nz in the coming year
Posted 26-Jul-2018 16:08


Auldhouse becomes an AWS Authorised Training Delivery Partner in New Zealand
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:55


Rakuten Kobo launches Kobo Clara HD entry level reader
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:44


Kiwi team reaches semi-finals at the Microsoft Imagine Cup
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:38


KidsCan App to Help Kiwi Children in Need
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:32


FUJIFILM announces new high-performance lenses
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:57


New FUJIFILM XF10 introduces square mode for Instagram sharing
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:44



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.