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Will this motherboard work with my rig?


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Woody4life

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CPU:AMD Athlon II X4 640
RAM:(4x2GB)8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 664MHz (9-9-9-24)
HDD:977GB SAMSUNG SAMSUNG HD103SJ ATA Device (SATA)
Disc Drive: Optiarc DVD RW AD-5260S ATA Device
Sound Card: ASUS Xonar DG Audio Device
GPU: Gainward GTX 470 GS

Looking for a motherboard that would handle this rig as I recently brought the GTX 470 thinking mine would be compatable, it wasn't. Would this do the job? Asus M5A781

Side note: Anyone have any idea the price of the GPU? Can't find it anywhere

Many thanks

Edited by Woody4life, 03 July 2012 - 09:02 AM.

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:welcome: Woody4life

A compatible MB http://www.amazon.co...0/?tag=pcp0f-21

GPU http://www.kikatek.c...&source=froogle

What are your power supply details, brand and model please.

Edited by phillpower2, 03 July 2012 - 10:01 AM.
Link fixed

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Hey thanks for the help, got the GPU at CEX for £130 so I got a deal there! I've got a Corsair CS500 PSU

EDIT: The MoBo you sent only has 2 RAM slots, need four. The GPU needs a board that has PCIe 2.0 aswell

Edited by Woody4life, 03 July 2012 - 10:23 AM.

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You are welcome :thumbsup:

I asked about the PSU to check if you had enough power, a PSU calculator shows that you need a minimum output of 523W so a 550W is the minimum you should have, see here http://images10.newe...tage-Calculator

What is the brand and model of your present MB please.
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Looks like I'm upgrading a lot for the graphics card, oh well was looking to upgrade anyway. I've got a ASrock M3A UCC
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Hi Woody4life

Your CPU, Ram and GPU are compatible with your present MB, what was happening to make you think that the new card was not compatible, your MB specs http://www.asrock.co...=Specifications

An under powered PSU can prevent your computer from booting or it can power up the computer but not have enough output to power the card and you get no display.
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Got a wire plugged into my old card that says PCI-E, the new card has two slots that this cable would fit into, I can't find a second cable. If it's only the PSU that'd be great, I feel so inept right now lol

EDIT: The problem was the latter; Booting up but the GPU didn't boot up

Edited by Woody4life, 03 July 2012 - 11:01 AM.

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The GTX 470 demands a lot of power and this includes two x 6 pin pci-e power connectors and the + 12V rail needs to be a minimum of 46 amps, see the example system requirements @ http://www.geforce.c.../specifications all brands use the same GPU chip and so the requirements are basically the same.

Do you want me to suggest a suitable PSU.
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Thank you so much, yes if you could that would be great. Is that the only thing I need to upgrade?
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Thank you so much, yes if you could that would be great. Is that the only thing I need to upgrade?


You are most welcome :thumbsup:

Can I ask what type of case you have please, full tower, mid tower, small form factor (SFF) if a brand name please provide the make and model name or number, we can then check if a standard ATX power supply will fit and the amount of case fans that you may have, high powered cards produce more heat which needs to be expelled from the case to prevent overheating and subsequent shutting down, additional fans only cost a couple of £s.
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A mid size tower, Casecom K5-9388 Black Case Casecom 6788 All Black Case (Look quite alike) and I have 4 case fans at the moment . Also do you work for this site and if so do they have any type of donation feature? Wouldn't of sorted this without you and would of gone down the completly wrong path

Edited by Woody4life, 03 July 2012 - 11:56 AM.

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Ok a standard ATX PSU should fit but as a precaution I always suggest that the present PSU be measured and compared against any potential purchase, the best priced PSU that I can find at present that will suit your needs + give you some headroom should you wish to add another HDD or an SSD in the future http://www.cclonline...V7sebGDJ.xb9xHQ it has the two 6 pin power connections that the card requires and 48 amps on the +12V rail.

In answer to your question I am a volunteer member of staff and do not accept donations :no:
My reward is being able to help others and save them as much cash as possible in the process :yes: :D

NB: I will have a further look around and see if there are any other less expensive, quality brand PSUs available elsewhere :thumbsup:
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Ok once again, thank you so much, you really have helped me a lot
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:thumbsup:

My preferred brand of PSU, less expensive but has everything that your card requires http://www.amazon.co...S/ref=de_a_smtd free shipping :D

I find the specs that Newegg provides tell you more about a product + there are plenty of reviews there to help you decide if an item is what you want http://www.newegg.co...=Corsair GS 600
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Kudos to Phillpower2. Well spotted. Posted ImagePosted Image
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