Video card too much for my CPU?

  TopCat® 16:27 26 Nov 2012
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My curremt video card - ATI 5800 series - is showing signs of failure and I want to upgrade this to a new Radeon HD 7870. Would I need to upgrade my Intel I7 930 CPU as well?

My specs are: OS is Windows7 64bit with SP1 and 12GB of Ballistix Technical memory on a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard. The CPU is running at a standard 2.80GHz. The PSU is 600 watt. Thanks for any help with this query. TC.

  Chronos the 2nd 17:11 26 Nov 2012

Would I need to upgrade my Intel I7 930 CPU as well?

Short answer is no. Although your PSU is OK the 7870 is quite a power hungry GPU, here is a review.

  TopCat® 18:17 26 Nov 2012

Thanks, Chronos the 2nd, for that very informative and interesting link; therein lies a wealth of information.

I will not be doing any overclocking with the card so hopefully my PSU and CPU will both cope OK. We will soon see.

Thanks again, TC.

  TopCat® 18:23 26 Nov 2012
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Tried to tick this thread but unsuccessful at the moment. TC.

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