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Am I able to upgrade my video card?


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#1 Luxfordthelion

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:05 AM

I was given this computer a while ago and would like to upgrade the video card (and more later on). I would love to play more games such as World of Warcraft and other related games. Am I able to upgrade my video card? If so, what would you recommend for a college student on a budget? haha.  
 
It is currently running on Windows 10 64-bit
 
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Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00 GHz
 
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Intel® Q45/Q43 Express Chipset (Microsoft Corporation - VDDM 1.1)
 
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802C0000802C - DIMM
Clock - 1066 MHz
Capacity - 2048 MB  
 
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Posted 16 April 2018 - 08:10 AM

well....currently you don't have a graphics card.....so you wouldn't be upgrading, you would be installing one,

 

pretty much any graphics card would fit, it really depends on how much you want to spend, do you want HD?


Edited by mikey11, 16 April 2018 - 08:12 AM.


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Posted 16 April 2018 - 09:25 AM

I run Intel integrated graphics on my old Dell OptiPlex computers and for basic normal use Intel integrated graphics works well.

 

If you aren't doing anything that requires intense graphics I would continue using what is working now with Windows 10. 

 

Since you are a college student on a budget my advice is to wait until you have the cash on hand to purchase a better computer.

 

 

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Posted 16 April 2018 - 05:30 PM

Just to throw this out there... In the meantime you could join a computer club, browse goodwill stores or chummy up to someone like in an IT dept. and attempt to be given/barter for any card that fits the slot. I'm seeing some really old posts for this thing w/say an HD 6870. But like mikey said, pretty much any card you find is going to be worth a shot, unless it's even older than that era.

 

Might not get you playing that game but you will find a card eventually. Seek and you shall find. Find something you can trade for.

 

 

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 10:28 AM

That mobo has 1 PCIe x16 slot available.  I think this is similar to the board in your PC, may be a newer rev though: https://www.ebay.com/p/Dell-Optiplex-780-LGA-775-Socket-T-Intel-0C27VV-Motherboard/127350905?rmvSB=true

 

I would just shop around for any good used older GPU. 

 

Not sure how much room you have in that case, so probably best to stay away from the higher end dual slot card configurations with massive fans and coolers.  Some cards also need an extra power supply connection, so be aware of that, as well as the extra wattage it could draw from your OEM power supply.  Best to stay conservative on that point as well.

 

Here are some examples of used GPUs available on eBay: https://www.ebay.com/sch/Computer-Components-Parts/175673/i.html?_from=R40&LH_BIN=1&Compatible%2520Port%252FSlot=PCI%2520Express%2520x16&_nkw=pcie%20x16%20video%20card&_dcat=27386&rt=nc&LH_ItemCondition=3000&_trksid=p2045573.m1684


Edited by zzz00m, 22 April 2018 - 10:31 AM.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:29 PM

Well there are a few low profile cards you can buy too, and at low cost.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500424

 

This one here will do, your machine is quite old so nothing too high end will help.

The used cards route is good too but I have issues with ebay... way too many scammers.

 

The gtx 1030 is the best current gen card for such a setup thanks to cryptocurrency miners (bitcoin) and you dont want anything too high end.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 01:06 PM

Well there are a few low profile cards you can buy too, and at low cost.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500424

 

This one here will do, your machine is quite old so nothing too high end will help.

The used cards route is good too but I have issues with ebay... way too many scammers.

 

The gtx 1030 is the best current gen card for such a setup thanks to cryptocurrency miners (bitcoin) and you dont want anything too high end.

I wouldn't consider $120 low cost for a "college student on a budget".  With all due respect, that is probably more than the old PC is worth.

 

Plus if you stick with only "Top Rated Plus" sellers on eBay, you are not likely to run into a scammer.  Many used items are listed by top sellers and I have never had a single problem that way.


Edited by zzz00m, 22 April 2018 - 01:07 PM.





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