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New to component upgrading, would like advice on graphics


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#1 StarStrider111

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Posted 27 January 2017 - 04:32 PM

I would consider myself adept at troubleshooting computer issues, but the only thing I've ever fixed/upgraded are hard drives, so I'm quite new at understanding compatibility checking and the general need-to-knows about building/upgrading systems. Because of this, I also would like opinions on whether it's worth upgrading my machine or if I should just start saving up for a new rig. I don't exactly have money to burn, so I don't want to start upgrading components if it's going to be a short trip on them, if that makes sense.

 

Computer usage wise, I am a professional-hobby photographer and just delving into video editing as well. So, primary use is Adobe PS/Lightroom/Premiere Pro/After Effects/Illustrator. Secondary, I enjoy gaming when I have the (rare) hours of free time to do so. Mostly RPGs. Casual, just things like Skyrim, Tales of Zestiria, Setsuna, etc.

 

My specs (and let me know if other info is needed):

Gateway FX6840-15e rig

Intel Core i7 870 / 2.93 GHz

(I am not sure about my motherboard; sysinfo just lists "Gateway" with no model #)

8GB RAM (I know it's expandable to 16GB)

ATI Radeon HD 5750 w/1GB video memory

 

(Edited: somehow this part got clipped) I know my graphics card is old and unsupported. I have occasional driver issues, as only one older version works well. I have to override updates or else I get BSOD's. I cannot use Adobe accelerated GPU performance features.


Edited by StarStrider111, 27 January 2017 - 04:37 PM.


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Posted 27 January 2017 - 04:43 PM

Sounds like you need a relatively inexpensive card. A 1050 Ti 4GB would probably be enough for your uses.



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Posted 27 January 2017 - 05:43 PM

Something like this? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487291

 

That wouldn't be too bad on the wallet at all.

 

What about power supply and motherboard, since I'm not sure about the specs of either of mine? I can peek in the tower fairly easily if I clear my desk. 



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 04:30 AM

Something like this? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487291

 

That wouldn't be too bad on the wallet at all.

 

What about power supply and motherboard, since I'm not sure about the specs of either of mine? I can peek in the tower fairly easily if I clear my desk. 

 

Could you follow this https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/323892/publish-a-snapshot-using-speccy/


Edited by Planemaster2, 28 January 2017 - 04:31 AM.


#5 StarStrider111

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 10:34 AM

http://speccy.piriform.com/results/llMm3B24Qh81d6mpXRh6kzv



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 02:29 PM

You must open case to see PSU model.



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Posted 28 January 2017 - 03:48 PM

The only thing that appeared to be a model number was H574-AM2 (V:2.0). I wrote down everything from every sticker though, no manufacturer listed.

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Posted 28 January 2017 - 04:25 PM

JIC, this is everything I wrote down per sticker:

 

1)

EA = 4487FCF9E1EF

 

2)

(H57H-AM2)

MBGAT090010410025A9100

 

3)

686 Ambios YQ61 4974

 

4)

H57H-AM2 (SN)

R68209G04018260

 

5)

H57H-AM2 V:2.0

15-R68-012090

 

6)

R68209 30



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Posted 29 January 2017 - 05:13 AM

Those strings are about motherboard, not PSU.

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 06:30 AM

My apologies.

FSP group Max 450w, Peak 500w

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Posted 29 January 2017 - 04:59 PM

FSP PSU's are common on OEM machines. How many PCI Express connectors?

 

Or alternatively picture from PSU label?



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Posted 29 January 2017 - 05:17 PM

PSU Label



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 04:29 AM

That's what I wanted. Not bad, it has two PCI Express connectors.

So next question is space for video card, how long card can be fitted on case. Picture shows what I mean:

https://www.quietpc.com/images/products/z3-07.jpg

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Posted 30 January 2017 - 04:52 AM

It has 2 PCie +12 rails has nothing to do with physical connectors. here is a picture of the inside of your case no measuring needed you will have plenty of room for most graphics cards.

 

83-113-135-07.jpg



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Posted 30 January 2017 - 05:47 AM

Calm down, according to Google results, that PSU has two physical PCI Express connectors.

Edited by Drillingmachine, 30 January 2017 - 05:47 AM.





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