Will the 7850 work with my CPU and motherboard?

By Grimpeh
Oct 25, 2012
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  1. My specs (that you need to know to answer the question):
    Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0GHz
    750w Corsair PSU

    I'm upgrading from a Radeon HD 4870, so that should give you an idea of what my motherboard is like. I'm pretty sure my motherboard etc is compatible with the 7850 but I wanted to double check with some more tech savvy people, before I go ahead and buy it.

    I'm planning on buying a new mobo and cpu soon, just can't afford to buy all these parts at once.


    p.s. sorry if it seems like a stupid question.
  2. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +170

    Yes, the 7850 (and all modern GPUs) use the same PCI-E interface as your 4870.
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  3. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 494   +126

    Should all work fine, in some games (not a lot) the core 2 duo could bottleneck your card.
  4. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,619   +376

    You can try overclocking that CPU as well in the meantime for some better value from the new graphics.
  5. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    If you dont plan on upgrading your CPU get the 7770, since it will bottleneck performance like said above, it will save you 50 bucks if money is tight.

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