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Radeon 6800 card replacement: RX 480 [Question now Answered - Thank you]

Question asked by tarante11a on Jun 30, 2016
Latest reply on Jul 2, 2016 by brucer

Hi there.  I hope you won't mind giving me some advice, or at least confirmation.


I have a very old mid-range desktop, which I've upgraded piece-meal over the last 6 years.  I play a lot of games, but not high-demand ones (for e.g. mostly single-player rpg fps and mmos, but no CoD or similar) and certainly at the moment, next gen has been out of the question.


I'm on a tight budget, and while I'd LOVE to buy shiny new machine, it's just not possible at the moment.  I've been watching my poor PC become more and more outclassed and dread the day it finally can't do anything I'd like it to.


However, the reviews of the RX 480 have given me a glimmer of hope that I might be able to squeeze a bit more life out my machine.  I'm reasonably tech savvy, but really don't want to make a mistake, so I've come here to clarify and make sure the card would be a suitable upgrade.


PC Specs:

Motherboard: Gigabyte EP43-DS3
Processor: Intel Quad Core Q9550 2.83GHz
Memory: 8192MB
PSU: 650w
Card: Radeon 6800
OS: Windows 10


So, as far as I can tell the RX 480 would be fine in terms of specs, but I just want to make sure I'm not going to make a false economy in thinking it will extend the life of my PC?


Any advice very gratefully received!


P.S.  Please don't be too unkind about my machine.  It's old creaky and not very good, but has served me very well, and I've had fun with the 'mechano' of upgrading.