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Advice on Video card upgrade? Please?


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#1 richardofrich

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 01:49 PM

I have an Optiplex 960 desktop (not mini tower or small form but the middle one) with Integrated GMA 4500 video.    It is a Intell Q45 chipset with intel core 2 duo (E8400) 3ghz with sata hd and windows 7.  It says that integrated video will use my ram (share) of which I have 4 gb.  Would a 1 gb video card be better?  Can anyone recommend a "cheap" video card?  For instance = this one from the dell website   pny nvida geforce gt 610 1gb ddr3- will it work and will it be any better for low spec games and such? Pleae help- thanks :)


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 01:58 PM

Survey a couple of comsumer & business-oriented computer places [such as Altex, Fry's, etc.], bring related desktop specs, have an idea of what high-end things you would like to do, take a few notes along with their recommendations -- decide a day or two later on what you believe is the video card with the best collection of features, benefits, minimal possible downsides, etc.


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Posted 05 October 2015 - 06:57 PM

You're limited to half height cards with low power draw.  The Geforce GT610 is one option.  You could also get slightly higher performance from the GT720 for a similar price.  Obviously these are not high end GPU's but compared to the GMA 4500 (which is very slow), have considerably better 3D performance.

 

Bear in mind if you are using a 32 bit OS not all your RAM will be usable even with a add on GPU and the integrated GPU disabled in BIOS.  This is because of limitations of the operating system.  A 64 bit OS won't have that problem.


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#4 richardofrich

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Posted 05 October 2015 - 07:26 PM

Thanks :)



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Posted 05 October 2015 - 08:38 PM

No problem.  Here's a simple comparison of the three's 3D performance on Passmark - http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/compare.php?cmp[]=33&cmp[]=2896&cmp[]=971


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