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#1 Yeldur

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Posted 06 September 2015 - 08:29 AM

I did a DxDiag to give out the best information for my specs without me having to type it out, however, let me know if there's any information left out by DxDiag that I can provide for you, and I'll do my best.

Essentially, what I'm trying to do, is improve my specs so that I can run better games, I know for a fact that I can't run Mad Max, and I won't be able to run Fallout 4, a game I yearn to play once released.

If anyone can help me improve my specs it'd be great, I know the base line that I need to improve my Video Card, however I'm not sure what to improve it to, I want something reasonably priced, but also something that can run games on a decent graphical setting.

 

Cheers, Yeldur.

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System Information
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Time of this report: 9/6/2015, 14:24:54
       Machine name: TOM-PC
   Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.150715-0600)
           Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
       System Model: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
               BIOS: BIOS Date: 12/10/12 20:42:31 Ver: 04.06.05
          Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.4GHz
             Memory: 8192MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 8132MB RAM
          Page File: 4596MB used, 11665MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
   User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
 System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
     DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

 

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Display Devices
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          Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 640
       Manufacturer: NVIDIA
          Chip type: GeForce GT 640
           DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
         Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0FC1&SUBSYS_00000000&REV_A1
     Display Memory: 4038 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 1990 MB
      Shared Memory: 2048 MB
       Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
       Monitor Name: AOC 2250W
      Monitor Model: 2250W
         Monitor Id: AOC2250
        Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
        Output Type: DVI
        Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
Driver File Version: 10.18.0013.5582 (English)
     Driver Version: 10.18.13.5582
        DDI Version: 11
       Driver Model: WDDM 1.1
  Driver Attributes: Final Retail
   Driver Date/Size: 8/25/2015 19:46:21, 15512888 bytes
        WHQL Logo'd: Yes
    WHQL Date Stamp:
  Device Identifier: {D7B71E3E-4C81-11CF-7E76-0D201CC2C735}
          Vendor ID: 0x10DE
          Device ID: 0x0FC1
          SubSys ID: 0x00000000
        Revision ID: 0x00A1
 Driver Strong Name: oem89.inf:NVIDIA_SetA_Devices.NTamd64.6.1:Section032:10.18.13.5582:pci\ven_10de&dev_0fc1
     Rank Of Driver: 00E60003
        Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_A ModeMPEG2_C ModeVC1_C ModeWMV9_C

 



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#2 jonuk76

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Posted 06 September 2015 - 09:01 AM

Hi Yeldur.  A bit more info would be helpful actually.

 

What sort of system are you using?  One from a major manufacturer (e.g. Dell, HP - if so provide make and model), or is it a custom built PC?

What type of case do you have? There can be issues with installing some graphics cards in smaller cases.

What are the specs of the power supply and make/model if available?

 

What is reasonably priced to you? $100, $200 etc?


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Posted 06 September 2015 - 09:14 AM

Hi Yeldur.  A bit more info would be helpful actually.

 

What sort of system are you using?  One from a major manufacturer (e.g. Dell, HP - if so provide make and model), or is it a custom built PC?

What type of case do you have? There can be issues with installing some graphics cards in smaller cases.

What are the specs of the power supply and make/model if available?

 

What is reasonably priced to you? $100, $200 etc?

Hiya, my PC is custom built, I'm not too sure about what case I have or the PSU, I'll be able to get more information once my dad gets back, the information is stored on his computer currently (Forgot to transfer it across to mine like an idiot) so I'll go find him and get that information for you once he arrives back, or, if I can't, I'll do my best to figure out how to get that information haha.

 

I currently live in England so $200 is about £131, I'd be willing to go up to £200 or £250 at the absolute max, £250 being $379.24 and £200 being $303.39 (But we'll call £250 - $380 and £200 - $305)

 

I'll see what I can do about getting you a picture of my case, from which you could get at least some information from :P



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 09:20 AM

http://i.imgur.com/mrbJZPG.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/Cp3Fhxf.jpg

 

Sorry about the light issue on the second image, that's the best I can do for now, will hopefully get some more information later on.

 

Cheers, Yeldur.



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 09:30 AM

No worries.  I'm in Britain anyway (Wales), but this site is international with most probably US based, hence asking in dollars.  So £200-ish will definitely get you a decent upgrade over your GT640.

 

The case is unlikely to be a problem.  It's a mid-tower of some type and not small form factor which is the main thing.  I'll do some digging.  The PSU type would be helpful when you get it.


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Posted 06 September 2015 - 11:20 AM

Alright, I'll definitely get the PSU for you when I can.



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 02:51 PM

Well here's a few possibilities (in order of price):

 

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn960ixoc2gd - Gigabyte GTX 960 2Gb

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/xfx-video-card-r9380p2df5 - XFX Radeon R9-380 2Gb

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-video-card-gvn960oc4gd - Gigabyte Geforce GTX 960 4Gb

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/powercolor-video-card-axr93804gbd5ppdhe - Powercolor R9-380 4Gb

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r9290dc2oc4gd5 - Asus Radeon R9-290 4Gb

http://uk.pcpartpicker.com/part/zotac-video-card-zt9010110p - Zotac GTX 970 4Gb

 

All are significantly more powerful than the GT640.  Sites like Game Debate can give you some ideas of how they stack up against each other, and what games you can run on them.

 

There is not a lot to separate performance between the GTX 960 and the R9 380.  The R9-380 is a tweaked R9-285 from the last generation.  The bottom two (R9-290 and GTX 970) are a fair bit more powerful, but at the top end of your budget.  You might also consider a Radeon R9-280X, but they are getting rarer.

 

A good quality 500w PSU should be enough to run any of these apart from the R9-290, where I'd suggest a 650w PSU.  This in particular is a big card that can pull a lot of power..


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Posted 06 September 2015 - 05:19 PM

Off of memory, I think I have a 500w PSU, it's preferable to me that I stick with Nvidia anyways,so I most likely won't go down the Asus route, and stick with GTX's and things :P

 

Thanks a ton for all the information jonuk, I'll be taking a look at all the cards, even though my preference is Nvidia, and I'll give Game Debate a go as well!



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Posted 06 September 2015 - 11:31 PM

No worries fella!  


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