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by: Xavier_ETS December 7, 2012 11:15 AM PST

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Upgrading Gateway DX4860 with ATI HD 7970 ?

by Xavier_ETS - 12/7/12 11:15 AM

Upgrading Gateway DX4860 with ATIHD 7970 ?
Hi everyone, thank you for taking time to read my question.

I want to upgrade my Gateway XD4860 with an ATI HD 7970, and i wonder if it is possible or if the card is too big, do i need to upgrade things like the power supply and can my mother board handle it well ?

Lets first give you the specs of my computer :

Operating System : Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Processor : True Quad-Core Intel Core i7 2600 @ 3.40 Ghz processor
Chipset : Intel H67 Express Chipset
Memory : 8 GB up to 16 GB of dual-channel 1333 MHz DDR3 system memory, using four DIMM modules
Graphics : ATI HD 6670 Graphics
Discrete card support for high-end NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards
Microsoft DirectX 11
Hard Drive : up to three Serial ATA hard disks, each up to 2 TB
3.5" easy-swap HDD bay
Media Card Reader5 Multi-in-1 media card reader, supporting:
CompactFlash (Type I and II)
CF+ Microdrive
MultiMediaCard (MMC)
MMCmobile
Reduced-Size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)
Secure Digital (SD) Card
miniSD Card
xD-Picture Card
Memory Stick
Memory Stick PRO
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Optical Drive, Optical drive options:
Blu-ray reader / SuperMulti DVD burner combination drive
DVD-Super Multi double-layer drive
Audio High-definition audio with 5.1-channel support
Communication1 Ethernet: Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
Front Ports Four USB 2.0 ports
Headphone and microphone-in jack
Multi-in-one card reader
Rear Ports Six USB 2.0 ports
PS/2 keyboard and mouse ports
Three audio ports
HDMI port with HDCP support
D-Sub VGA port
Ethernet (RJ-45) port
Add-In Card Slots and expansion bays Add-in card slots:2 Dual USB 3.0 ports add-on card
Power Supply : 300 W (non-PFC), 500 W (full range)
Dimensions : (W x D x H) 7.09 x 15.82 x 14.92 inches (180 x 401.8 x 379 mm)


And i suppose i should also give you guys a link to the spec of the video card. I wanted to upgrade mine for a while and wasn't sure if i could upgrade it. I had an eye on the ATI HD 7970 for a little while and now that the price as go down a bit and they are giving 3 free games (Farcry3, Sleeping Dogs and Hitman), i'm decided to buy it if i can.

Model :
Brand HIS
Model H797F3G2M

Interface :
PCI Express 3.0 x16

Chipset Manufacturer :
AMD GPU
Radeon HD 7970
Core Clock
925MHz
Stream Processors
2048 Stream Processors

Memory :
Effective Memory Clock
1375MHz (5.5Gbps)
Memory Size
3GB
Memory Interface
384-bit
Memory Type
GDDR5

3D API :
DirectX
DirectX 11
OpenGL
OpenGL 4.2

Ports :
HDMI
1 x HDMI
DisplayPort
2 x Mini DisplayPort
DVI
1 x DVI

General :
RAMDAC
400 MHz
Max Resolution
4096 x 2160 (HDMI)
4096 x 2160 (DisplayPort)
2560 x 1600 (DL-DVI)
Eyefinity Support
Yes
CrossFireX Support
Yes
Cooler
With Fan
System Requirements
Minimum of a 500 Watt power supply.
Power Connector
6 pin / 8 pin
Dual-Link DVI Supported
Yes
HDCP Ready
Yes
Card Dimensions
11.53" x 4.96" x 1.65"

Thanks for helping me decide if i can buy this new toy ! happy

Additional Details :

Ok, i think it is possible to upgrade it as i want to, but i see i have a 300w power supply by opening my computer and doing a research on my PS model. The HD 7970 require a 500w PS, so i guess i'll have to upgrade that. Now i'm a bit worried tho about the size of the card. Will it fit into my computer ? If any of you own an Gateway and could tell me if this ATI card fit inside it would be awesome. Also, i don't know much about Power supply, Wich one should i get, 500w is enough or a 550w ? Maybe i'm better with an ever better one or is it useless ? Finally will it fit inside my computer too ? I found this power supply that seem quite cheap and providing 550w, what do you think about it ? : Ultra LSP650 650-Watt Power Supply - ATX, SATA-Ready, SLI-Ready, 135mm Fan for 63.99 $

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