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Upgrading Video Card....help


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#1 Smolenski7

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Posted 07 January 2015 - 10:00 PM

My son would like to upgrade our desktop computer so that he can get better performance for his games.  I really don't know much about upgrading a GPU so I would like to know exactly what is compatiable with our computer.  Below is a list of the specs.  If anyone can take a look and let me know what will generally fit into our tower, that would be awesome. 

 

I really don't know how muchI will allow him to spend at the moment, the only thing I really care about right now is that he comes home with a card that will fit into the tower and be compatible with the system.

 

  • Gateway DX4860-UR21P Core i7-2600 3.4GHz Desktop Computer
     
  • General Features:
  • Mid tower chassis
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit pre-installed w/CoA
  • Intel Core i7-2600 3.4 GHz quad-core processor w/Hyper-Threading
  • Max Turbo Frequency: 3.8 GHz
  • 8 MB Intel Smart Cache, 5 GT/s DMI speed
  • Intel H67 Express chipset
  • 8 GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM
  • 1.5 TB Serial ATA 3.0 Gbps hard drive
  • DVD±RW DL drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 520 1 GB PCI Express video card
  • Integrated high definition audio with 5.1 channel support
  • Multi-in-one card reader
  • Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCIe wireless LAN card 
  • 450W ATX power supply
  • Motherboard Features:
  • One (1) PCI Express x16 slot (occupied)  
  • Three (3) PCI Express x1 slots (one occupied)
  • Six (6) SATA ports (two occupied)
  • Four (4) 240-pin DDR3 DIMM slots
  • Case Features:
  • Two (2) 5.25-inch external drive bays (one occupied)
  • Three (3) 3.5-inch internal drive bays (one occupied)
     
  • Unit Dimensions:
  • 12.6 x 7.1 x 15.8-inches (H x W x D)


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#2 gavinseabrook

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 02:29 AM

Well your memory should be decent enough to not need to go to 16GB (though more memory always helps). The rest all seems fine but the two things I would upgrade would be the Power Supply and the Graphics Card. Most graphics cards are going to be PCI-e so you would take out the one already in there. You can use any newer card depending on what your budget is. Lower budget I would go for the GTX 700 series, higher budget you can go up to a GTX 900 series. As for the power supply, I would upgrade to at least a 650Watt just to be safe.


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Posted 08 January 2015 - 10:10 AM

Don't follow my lead. I was upgrading and was looking in the Radeon 5450 line. After 2 experiences of a 512mb card and the a 1GB card, I was going to give up.

 

GPUBoss.com helped me review and compare specs before I purchased a GT730  1 GB DDR5  from PNY. 



#4 Smolenski7

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 04:39 PM

Thanks for the help.  So what I am hearing is that anything this PCI-e and can run on 450w or lower will work for me.  I simply need to remove the old card (and software, drivers...) and replace the new one in its place.  Yes?



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Posted 09 January 2015 - 10:55 PM

Yes. Just make sure you meet the power requirements.


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