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Is this Graphics Card Compatible with my System?


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#1 Jammyleo98

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 04:24 PM

I am going to buy a new graphics card but I am unsure of its compatibility with my current PC setup. 

 

I currently have:

 

RAM: 8GB DDR3 1333mhz

Hard Drive: 1TB S-ATAiii 6.0Gb/s

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 2GB (You can probably see why i want to upgrade)

PSU: 450W Corsair VS

Monitor: BenQ 21.5" VW2245Z

Motherboard: Gigabyte H81M-H

CPU: Intel Core i5 4690

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Case: Zalman Z1

 

I would like to upgrade my current graphics card to this:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121929&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction-Components&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-Components-_-Video%20Card%20-%20Nvidia-_-ASUS-_-14121929&cm_sp=&AID=11892368&PID=3962334&SID=

 

I am aware it is likely my power supply will need to be upgraded.

 

Please could you help me choose how many Watts?

And will my mother board support it?

 

If anything else is incompatible or you need any more information it would be great is you could ask me.

 

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 05:20 AM

Your motherboard supports up to PCI express 2.0 and the video card is 3.0 (so I think that means it won't push huge resolution textures through as fast as it could with a better motherboard??)



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 08:49 AM

Your motherboard supports up to PCI express 2.0 and the video card is 3.0 (so I think that means it won't push huge resolution textures through as fast as it could with a better motherboard??)

I have researched this and apparently games "will run perfectly, with very very little performance loss"

 

I guess this means it is compatible,

Thanks :)



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Posted 27 September 2015 - 09:05 AM

Yes, very little if any loss in real world tests of graphics cards going from PCIe 3.0 to 2.0 slots.  For power supplies Nvidia recommends a 400w or above PSU for a GTX960 (it's a relatively low power (120w) draw card).  The Asus card is factory overclocked, so may draw more power than standard, but it only needs one 6 pin PCIe connector.  I suspect it will be fine with a 450w PSU.


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Posted 27 September 2015 - 09:06 AM

After looking at various reviews it seems 400 watts is the bare minimum for a psu but 500 or greater is recommended. Make sure the psu you pick has sufficient amps on the 12 volt rail. Anything above 30-32 should be good.

 

This is a double wide card so make sure you have the room to put it in.


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Posted 30 September 2015 - 03:19 PM

Ok, thanks guys :)






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