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Upgrading Graphic Card (updated)
Jun 23 2017, 8:09 pm
By: payne  

Jun 23 2017, 8:09 pm payne Post #1

:payne:

This is my computer: http://snlookup.com/gateway-dx-dx4831-desktop-pt-gaj02-003/#ffs-tabbed-14
How do I know if it can support this graphic card: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-desktop-computers/ville-de-montreal/evga-nvidia-gtx-760-2gig-vram/1275758898?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true
I believe the specs for the graphic card would be these ones, though I'm unsure: http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gtx-760/specifications

My other options are GTX 650 TI, and Radeon HD 6870. I've no idea what is best and cheapeast in my situation.

Thanks for your help!
I'm trying to not have to play OverWatch with 20 FPS anymore... >_>

P.S. I have no clue what I'm doing. RAM, GPU, DVI... all these terms mean nothing to me. :(

I see that all these 3 options (760, 650ti, and HD6870) all require an upgrade of my PSU.
I'm looking at 2 deals of 500W for 30$ that each offer a different brand: Dynex, and Apevia. You guys have any recommendations?

Post has been edited 6 time(s), last time on Jun 23 2017, 9:55 pm by payne.




Jun 23 2017, 10:38 pm jjf28 Post #2

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Both the Radeon 6870 and the GTX 760 look like they would more than suit your needs, I couldn't find decent benchmarks for the GTX 650 TI so tread with caution.

The website in the links above is great for comparing graphics cards and exploring cheaper options should you wish to downgrade from your above picks without falling too low on FPS.



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Jun 23 2017, 11:49 pm payne Post #3

:payne:

Quote from jjf28
should you wish to downgrade from your above picks without falling too low on FPS.
What could be the reasons for me to want to downgrade?




Jun 24 2017, 12:48 am jjf28 Post #4

Cartography Artisan

Quote from payne
Quote from jjf28
should you wish to downgrade from your above picks without falling too low on FPS.
What could be the reasons for me to want to downgrade?

Sufficient performance for less price ofc



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Jun 24 2017, 3:32 am payne Post #5

:payne:

I opted for these two, in the end:



A 90$ upgrade that hopefully will work out. I'm buying the stuff tomorrow in the afternoon.
I hope it actually all fits and plugs properly in the desktop box!

I might end up needing some advice on how to do these things. Any good YouTube Videos I should watch before venturing in this stuff? I've never opened a Computer Box before...




Jun 24 2017, 3:54 am Pr0nogo Post #6



It looks scary but in practice the hardest part about building computers is the wiring (because of how annoying it is, not because it's actually difficult) and installing things to a motherboard (which you aren't doing). It's usually helpful to look up an installation video for your exact pieces, and generally the parts won't fit in places they aren't supposed to, so you don't have to worry about plugging stuff in the wrong place. If it's in wrong, it just won't work, usually.

Be sure to ground yourself by having one hand on your case and obviously don't mess around with anything while the power's on and it's plugged in. Don't sweat it. (Seriously, sweat is bad for your computer parts)




Jun 24 2017, 9:32 am payne Post #7

:payne:

Quote from Pr0nogo
Be sure to ground yourself by having one hand on your case
You mean touching a metallic object while my feet are touching the ground before touching any parts?

Also, will I need to uninstall any drivers from the virtual computer before changing the parts and installing the new driver?

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Jun 24 2017, 1:10 pm jjf28 Post #8

Cartography Artisan

Touch anything conductive that runs into the ground; my dad rigged up something where a heavy wire ran from the ground hole in an outlet to the top of the desk and we'd touch that to ground ourselves. http://www.wikihow.com/Ground-Yourself-to-Avoid-Destroying-a-Computer-with-Electrostatic-Discharge



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Jun 24 2017, 11:24 pm Lanthanide Post #9



In practice you'll either have to be deliberately trying to shock your stuff (like rubbing your feet through carpet or rubbing a balloon on your hair), or very very unlucky, to have ESD damage your computer.



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