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Will this new GPU work in my current PC?


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#1 thepokey

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 03:01 AM

Hey guys,

 

So I am not good with tech stuff at all so I need a bit of advice :)

 

I have a PC which was custom built in early 2012 ... it hasn't had any update except adding a SSD and a new HDD storage drive. As much as I would love to get a whole new upgrade at $3000AU I'm a uni student and that price just won't work for me until I'm done with uni in another 2 years. But I really need to give me system a boost, mostly for gaming. I don't have to have the best thing out there, but something that'll perform significantly better. I'm thinking maybe I can add a new GPU to my current set up then maybe it'll tide me over until I can afford a full system upgrade.

 

Here's my current set up:

 

CPU: i7 3770 @ 3.40GHz 

Motherboard: Asus P8Z77-V LX (LGA1155)

RAM: 16GB DDR3 @ 668MHz 

Current GPU: 1023MB GeForce GTX 560

SSD: Samsung EVO 250GB

 

And I'm thinking of getting something like this maybe: GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X (https://www.scorptec.com.au/product/Graphics-Cards/NVIDIA/64403-GEFORCE-GTX-1060-GAMING-X-6G)

 

But yeah, I'm terrified it (or one that I pick) won't work with my current CPU/MoBo set up. I had a friend who just had her GPU died and bought a new one and her PC just totally rejected it and refused to work, so I want to avoid that. Hopefully people here who know a lot more about PCs than me will be able to provide a bit of advice! 



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:22 AM

Should work but power supply is?



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:48 AM

Oh yeah, sorry forgot to add PSU, I figure that might be something to upgrade with it. 

 

I'm not sure if im reading the details on my PSU correctly but some info will be in all of this:

 

Thermaltake Model: LP-700AL2NH

AC input: 100 - 240V~ 50-60Hz 10A



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:32 AM

That looks like OK. I cannot figure out why that GTX wouldn't work. However GPU prices are very high right now so it's not bad idea to wait until prices calm down.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:51 AM

Yeah they sure aren't cheap :( but i don't mind slowly saving, I have about half of it saved literally in coins at the moment haha I probably wouldn't be buying it for another 2-3 months .. but I guess if I'm going to spend the money I want to make sure my current set up will not reject it because its too antiquated. So yeah any words of warning or advice is always appreciated!



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:03 AM

GTX 1060 is 95% Maxwell architecture that is around three years old. And when Maxwell cam out, it wasn't top of the line architecture feature wise. Considering that, I would say GTX 1060's architecture is already obsolete.

 

Too bad, cryptocoin miners keep AMD prices ultra high.

 

What's your monitor BTW? If it's FHD 60 Hz, cheap card like RX560 would be just fine.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:13 AM

I just bought a new monitor (that's a separate issue where my PC/GPU won't recognise HDMI input, it can only connect via a VGA to DVI-I input). But my main monitor is a BenQ GW2270 (1920x1080@60Hz), and my second monitor is an Acer x193w


Edited by thepokey, 12 January 2018 - 06:14 AM.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 07:18 AM

For that BenQ, slower and cheaper video card (I'd recommend RX560) is just fine.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 07:22 AM

How much of an improvement/upgrade would the RX560 be over what I currently have?

 

Also, seems like a few 560s out there, is this the one you mean? https://www.pccasegear.com/products/40296



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:08 AM

I would just wait if you are in Australia, I know prices in that area of the world are maddening.

Heck you may be able to just get a APU/intergrated GPU based system there for cheaper thanks to AMD releasing Ryzen APU's next month.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:26 AM

How much of an improvement/upgrade would the RX560 be over what I currently have?

 

Also, seems like a few 560s out there, is this the one you mean? https://www.pccasegear.com/products/40296

 

We are talking "much faster". That looks OK. Pricing is still issue.

 

Around $170 US dollars that is, well, quite much but not awful.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 11:19 AM

Yeah pricing in Aus is not wallet friendly :( I probably *should* wait, but I also ...don't want to :P haha I also wanted to do a bit more streaming since NBN is coming to my area soon (yeah, even that in Australia is a joke, I know :( ). So I would love to get some kind of boost to last me the next 18-24 months. 

 

So if I put pricing (within reason) to a side for a bit. Are you guys saying that the system I have should have no problem accepting either one of those GPUs? Also, I know you mentioned the GTX 1060s short comings, but would I see much difference between that and the RX560? I guess I'm really concerned mostly about what GPUs could I get that will not only work, but will be a good upgrade. Once I am comfortable with that then I can worry about price/how I'll afford it.



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:46 PM

Basically GTX1060 is simpler but faster. I consider RX560 good enough for 1080p and while 1060 is faster, I consider it too slow for 1440p. That of course depends on how much eye candy you want on screen.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:13 AM

Ok so basically the 1060 is better, but not justifiably better for the extra cost above the RX560 to you? I do like eye candy and I do miss it. My current one does play most new games but usually on the lowest settings, so I guess almost anything is an upgrade in that regard. But I would like a faster performance too.



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 01:16 PM

Looking possible alternatives:

 

RX560 4GB is $229 https://www.pccasegear.com/products/40296

 

RX560 2GB is $169 https://www.pccasegear.com/products/39462

 

GTX1050 2GB is $159 https://www.pccasegear.com/products/37812

 

GTX1060 3GB is $349 https://www.pccasegear.com/products/37437

 

GTX1060 6GB is $399 https://www.pccasegear.com/products/40949

 

From those options I would discard RX560 4GB, GTX1050 2GB and GTX1060 3GB offerings. So it comes to RX560 2GB $169 and GTX1060 6GB $399.

 

Considering how much you get paying $230 more, I would say it's not worth it. So I'd go for RX560 2GB and see better card (and perhaps CPU) later.


Edited by Drillingmachine, 13 January 2018 - 01:16 PM.





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