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Graphic card upgrade (for a hypothetical computer)

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#1 Captain_Awesome


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Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:21 PM

I'm looking at playing a few games online that I can't do on my consoles (WoW, DayZ etc) and maybe a few games with mods like Fallout 3. Now I don't have a pc at the moment and I'm not expecting to run any games at max, or even close really. Besides what I've mentioned I think it might be used for uni work so only Word and Firefox.

I have a monitor, keyboard, mouse and OS here, I was thinking of buying something simple from eBay and adding a graphics card, maybe combining something like these two?



I'm not even sure if they are compatible as it was just an example, but would I be better off going this route or just forking out the little bit extra for something like this...


I'm open to suggestions really, but as I'm not too serious about this at the minute I'd like to keep the budget low, whilst leaving potential for future upgrades high.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:31 PM

hypothetical? Get four EVGA GTX 680 Superclocked


At the link: "Memory: Massive 4GB" BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Edited by szvwxcszxc, 29 November 2012 - 07:33 PM.

#3 killerx525


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Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:23 PM

The Acer system looks ok but the power supply is only 250W which might not be able to power up the card.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 11:01 PM

Honestly, both of the systems linked are about 4 generations old. They are not quick. A Core™2 Duo is really long in the tooth at this point, and will cause a bottleneck with many modern games. Neither one of those systems are really a consideration. That old workstation is likely 5+ years old.

Save until you can afford a real system. I understand it can be tough to do, but as it is now, you are just looking at used systems that are of very limited use, and limited upgrade capability.

I don't know prices on your side of the pond, I assume GB, and your VAT etc. Speccing out a desktop with an i5/comparable AMD CPU, 4-8gigs of RAM, a decent power supply, and a quality motherboard is a place to start. Get your fundamentals straight so you don't have to spend twice to upgrade one component just so you can upgrade another (like having to buy a new power supply, just so you can upgrade your videocard).

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 03:15 AM

I suggest you build a computer from parts that you choose for you preference and you won't get disappoint cause you'll put an effort to make it perfect.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 06:39 PM

Yes- I agree with Jan. I think you get much more "bang for you buck" if you build it yourself and you get much better quality parts for upgrading, etc. For a single GPU system, air cooled, you should be able to get a mid-gaming build together for $600-$700 US. that may seem like a lot, but it will serve you well for years to come - maybe upgrading to a new GPU or to a SLI/crossfire setup in the future.

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