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#1 Luckyjfl

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Posted 17 February 2018 - 04:20 PM

Hi Guys,

I wonder if I might get a little advice on upgrading  my Graphics card please.  Below I shall post my summery specs. I have not got much money so I am considering just upgradin my Graphics card.  Thething is, I do not know if my motherboard or processor will take the upgrade. Could some one please let me know if it is not too much trouble.

 

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
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Intel Core i3 4150 @ 3.50GHz 36 °C
Haswell 22nm Technology
 
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4.00GB Single-Channel DDR3 @ 666MHz (9-9-9-24)
 
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ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. B85M-G (SOCKET 1150) 16 °C
 
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S271HL (1920x1080@60Hz)
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 730 (NVIDIA) 19 °C
 
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Posted 17 February 2018 - 04:27 PM

what is your reasoning for wanting to upgrade?



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 04:39 PM

I have the opportunity to put a better graphics card in.  I thought the Nvidia 730 was sort of low cost card. What do you think, then Mikey11.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 04:45 PM

unless you are heavily into playing games on the computer, i wouldn't bother....but its your dime not mine



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Posted 17 February 2018 - 04:50 PM

Ok, cheers for the advice, Mikey.


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 07:26 PM

Do yourself a favor and wait, right now GPU prices are insane thanks to cryptocurrency miners, GPU prices are double if not triple of what they normally cost.

 

I would wait until at least April or May before even thinking about upping your GPU, its not worth overspending


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Posted 17 February 2018 - 08:08 PM

If you're not using it for games then there's little advantage to upgrading the GPU.  If you want an upgrade, I'd consider getting another 4 Gb memory.  You're using a 64 bit OS so it should help with general performance.  TBH memory is another thing that is ridiculously overpriced at present but the worst of it is being felt in the fast DDR4 segment.  You should be able to pick up a stick of 4 Gb DDR3 1333 without breaking the bank.


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 09:26 AM

Thanks Guys for brill advice. Just one thing I am Not too sure of.  Will my motherboard take the extra Ram.  I do actually play , Jops and AW2 .


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 10:40 AM

If you're not using it for games then there's little advantage to upgrading the GPU.  If you want an upgrade, I'd consider getting another 4 Gb memory.  You're using a 64 bit OS so it should help with general performance.  TBH memory is another thing that is ridiculously overpriced at present but the worst of it is being felt in the fast DDR4 segment.  You should be able to pick up a stick of 4 Gb DDR3 1333 without breaking the bank.

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 11:19 AM

Thanks Guys for brill advice. Just one thing I am Not too sure of.  Will my motherboard take the extra Ram.  I do actually play , Jops and AW2 .

 

Motherboard specs here

 

Your motherboard has 4 memory slots, so yes it will.  Your spec above says 4 Gb (Single Channel) so most likely it's just one 4 Gb module fitted. Easy way to check to see what you have in your system (if using Windows 10) is open the Task Manager and go to the "Performance" tab and click the Memory bar on the side.  The highlighted bit shows how many memory slots your system has, and how many are in use.

 

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If you install a second module in the correct slot, it will enable dual channel memory which gives a small performance boost in addition to what you get from the extra memory alone...

 

Not sure what Jops is, and Google wasn't much help either.  AW2 looks like a browser based game which would be unlikely to benefit much from a faster GPU.


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Posted 18 February 2018 - 02:30 PM

Hi Jonuk76, sorry about the initials JOPS and AW2.  JOPS  means a Nova game called " Joint Operations.  It has a few mods which can be added for free. One of those is called  " Advanced Warfare 2. I will definitely consider  getting the extra RAM.

 

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Posted 18 February 2018 - 07:22 PM

Ah I see.  Well that's quite an old game so no need to go too mad :)

 

Some possible options include (in brackets are relative performance compared to a GT 730 according to the TechPowerUp GPU Database).  As probably already said, prices are just stupid at the moment on more high end stuff, and it's having a knock on effect everywhere, so I'll leave it to you to decide to wait or buy now..

 

Nvidia GT1030 (304%) - From £65

AMD Radeon RX550 (383%) - From £78 

Nvidia GTX 1050 (602%) - From £110

AMD Radeon RX560 (524%) - From £122

 

List on PCPartpicker sorted by price showing some prices on these cards in the UK 

 

The indicated performance increases are very much approximate, probably can't be relied on (there's actually several, completely different variants of the GT730) but just intended to give a rough idea.  Try to look at reviews of a few models before you buy.


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Posted 19 February 2018 - 07:31 AM

Thanks for the help, jonuk76. I will give this some thought.

 

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Posted 22 February 2018 - 09:40 AM

Getting back to my original question. Could some please suggest  a graphics card I can upgrade to, that is compatable with my specs. That's all I need to know, thank you so much.


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Posted 22 February 2018 - 10:23 AM

It has been suggested that you increase your amount of RAM, I would suggest doing this first.  Since your RAM is running in single channel I'm guessing that you only have one 4GB module installed?

 

There is an advantage in running RAM in dual channel.  Dual channel increase the throughput speed almost doubling it.

 

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