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Upgrading my graphics card.


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#1 nukie

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 09:19 PM

Hi,

So Ive recently discovered that my graphics card is too weak to play any sorts of games which I want (according to canyourunit).

I currently have the GeForce 8500 GT installed on my computer, so I was wondering how I would know what other graphics cards would also fit in the same slot.

Another question is that is it a complex procedure to upgrade my graphics card? like would i have to reconfigure my Windows or anything?

Any imput would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 09:31 PM

Depends, what kind of system are you running? is it a pre built, in which case can you give us the brand and model number, or is it a custom build, in which case what kind of motherboard/Power supply are you running?

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:01 AM

Umm... It is a custom build, Although I forgot the specs ages ago. Any easy way of finding out?

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 07:36 AM

This will get the exact specs of your computer.

Publish a Snapshot using Speccy

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 08:12 PM

Speccy will help get a picture of your PC, but we will also need to know the wattage of your power supply since most cards have power requirements. Also, the games you play will also have a factor on which card you need. Flash games will not need as much of a card as, say, Crysis, and everything in between.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 06:28 AM

Alright so, heres the stats I pulled off Speccy:

CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.00GHz 48 C
Wolfdale 45nm Technology
RAM
4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz (5-5-5-18)
Motherboard
ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5KPL (Socket 775) 40 C
Graphics
916W @ 1024x768
512MB GeForce 8500 GT (Undefined) 63 C

And I know that my power supply is 550. If i need more power I am willing to upgrade it.

Well the most recent game I tried was Metro 2033, but when it comes down to it, I kinda wanna be able to continue to play on this comp for around another 2 years or so.

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 10:17 AM

550 is a decent amount if its a good PSU, what kind of amperage do you have on your +12v rails? you can find this by removing the side panel of your computer, and on the side of the PSU should be a sticker that lists all the voltages, there should be 1 or more slots that say +12v with a number with a a behind it (example 19a) How many +12v rails do you have, and how much amperage do you have on each rail.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 14 December 2010 - 02:02 AM

You usually don't have to worry about amps if you have a decent power supply to begin with, especially if they are SLI or Crossfire certified. However, the better the power supply, the better the power to the components. Metro 2033 uses DirectX 11 and puts a heavy strain on a graphics card. Good news is that Metro 2033 does not utilize a quad core CPU's extra cores, so you should have decent performance by swapping out the GPU. Battlefield Bad Company 2 is a different story altogether and you may end up with a bottleneck in some games. If you want to run with decent eye candy and DX11, you will need a higher-end card. With GPU's, from slowest (less expensive) to fastest (most expensive), there are a number to choose from: HIS H685F1GD Radeon HD 6850 1GB, a mid-range card that runs between the Radeon 5830 and 5850 in terms of performance, DIAMOND 5850PE51G Radeon HD 5850 1GB, I use this and it provides good framerates for most games, HIS H687F1G2M Radeon HD 6870 1GB, a solid mid-level card with performance between the Radeon 5850 and 5870, sometimes a bit higher, HIS H587FN1GD Radeon HD 5870 1GB, this near 11-inch long card is the fastest AMD single GPU card... until Wednesday, when, barring any more delays, the new high-end Radeon 6900 series comes out. This upcoming release should put downward pressure on the high-end GPU market with AMD. With Nvidia, there are a few choices, the EVGA 01G-P3-1370-TR GeForce GTX 460, which is a little slower than the 6850, the EVGA 012-P3-1472-AR GeForce GTX 470, which is about the same as a Radeon 5850, and the EVGA 012-P3-1570-AR GeForce GTX 570, which is faster than any current AMD card (Remember, Wednesday) aside from the uber-expensive dual GPU card, the SAPPHIRE 100280SR Radeon HD 5970 (Hemlock) 2GB, which requires a better power supply than you've got.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 01:41 AM

Well for the sake of it, +12v has 24A, and as far as I can tell there is only one rail.

DJBPace07 Thank you for your list of graphics cards, I shall look into these as see which would be the best to suit my needs. By bottle neck in games, is that because I only have dual core?

Also should I be concerned that my graphics card heats upto 68 degrees on a regular basis?

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 02:22 AM

Nvidia graphics card tends to get hot sometimes because their fan is small.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 10:54 AM

24 amps should be able to do it though it is a little weak, I tend to prefer having 30+ amps on my +12v rails.

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Media Center: Motherboard: Gigabyte mp61p-S3, Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 6000+, Memory: 6 gigs Patriot DDR2 800, Video: Gigabyte GeForce GT730, Storage: 500 gig Hitachi, PSU: Seasonic M1211 620W full modular, OS: Windows 10.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 10:54 PM

Graphics cards are made to be hot, they can handle very high temps. 68 degrees C is actually low if that card is under load. Since that post AMD has launched their new 6900 series. The current high-end single GPU model from AMD is the SAPPHIRE 100311SR Radeon HD 6970 2GB. That card exceeds the GTX 570 and is on par to the GTX 580. A lower cost 6900 card would be the HIS H695F2G2M Radeon HD 6950 2GB which performs similarly to the GTX 570.

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