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Upgrading for rendering reasons

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#1 JKEP13


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Posted 23 October 2016 - 06:47 AM

Hi people,


I'm currently at University studying Games Design. Bought myself a new custom PC a couple Christmas' ago near the start of my degree.


Recently I have been using texting software (Quixel to be precise) and it has been telling me to upgrade my GPU for a better performance. 


I guess it would be a good idea to upgrade before finishing my degree. However, I am not the most knowledgeable when it comes to PC building and when buying my PC I basically just made sure it was all compatible.  


I'll pop my specs below and if anyone can see a good place to start upgrading then that would be great. My budget isn't a problem as i'll just save up for what I may need. I understand that the more you spend the more you may get but I know this isn't always the case so help would be appreciated :)


Computer Case : 1 x Cooler Master Silencio 550
CPU : 1 x Intel i7 4790 - (4 x 3.6 GHZ) - Haswell 
CPU Heatsink : 1 x Intel Heatsink & Fan - Low Noise 
Memory : 1 x 16 GB 1600MHz (2x8GB) - (DDR3)
Graphics Card : 1 x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 - 4 GB - MSI - (PCI-E) 
Motherboard : 1 x Gigabyte B85M-HD3 (Intel B85) 
Sound Card : 1 x Motherboard Integrated HD Sound 
Networking : 1 x Wireless Network Card 300Mbps (PCI-E) 
Power Supply : 1 x Corsair 650W PSU - Low Noise 
CPU Compound : 1 x Standard CPU Compound Supplied With Heatsink 
Case Fans : 1 x Standard Fans Included With Case 
Hard Drive #1 : 1 x 2 TB Seagate (2000 GB) SATA-III HDD 7200 RPM 64MB 

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 23 October 2016 - 08:08 AM

FWIW:  Quixel Minimum Hardware Requirements .



#3 Zone_86


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Posted 24 October 2016 - 02:35 AM

I'll pop a question here. Did you build this PC and if you did, did you have prior experience building and/or gaming?

#4 Captain_Chicken


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Posted 09 November 2016 - 06:49 PM

Your PC much exceeds the minimum specs. I'm surprised it asked for a more powerful gpu. The GTX 970 is still a good card. If you really wanted to upgrade I would recommend the GTX 1070 or 1080. I'm not sure that that would be a huge difference. 

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