1.    08 Jan 2016 #1
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    I'm kind of confused...


    OK. So. My grandpa built this desktop for me with basic hardware suitable for soft-core gaming. However, I want to do more than soft-core, so I need some help on what to upgrade to reach graphics capability for games like GW2 and Tera on high settings.
    Right now, the computer is installed with:
    Nvidia GeForce GT 610 2GB DDR3
    Asus M5 A99FX Pro R2.0 Motherboard
    AMD Fx-4300 CPU - 3.80 GHz, Quad Core, 4MB L2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 95 Wat
    15.9 GB RAM

    And then he gave me 2 disks that say:
    GIGABYTE Real Graphics True Gaming (Graphics Accelerator Driver)
    M5 A99FX Pro R2 Motherboard

    Now, you can probably tell I have no idea how computers work, so a little help would be appreciated. Thanks!
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  2.    09 Jan 2016 #2
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    West Bend, Wisconsin
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    Windows 10 home 64bit 1511 (OSbuild 10586.63)

    The Obvious is that the NVIDIA GEFORCE GT 610 is the video card.
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  3.    09 Jan 2016 #3
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    Win 10 X64 Pro 15063

    The Geforce 610 GT is a low-end graphics card. Replacing it with a better one would give the greatest change. One suggestion: Geforce 750 ti.

    Things to consider, to avoid frustration:

    Do you need a low profile card? (The 610 is available that way. If you need a low profile card, that will severely limit what you can use.) Your motherboard is full sized, so it's likely that the case doesn't need a low-profile card.

    Does the card have the right connectors to work with your monitor? (DVI, VGA, Display Port, HDMI.) That's one of the least likely problems, but that should be checked.

    Does your power supply support the card? (Probably needs to be 300W or more. There is a plaque on the power supply that gives its specs. You may be able to read it with the cover off. If not, Grandpa may recall what power supply he used.)

    Does the card require additional power connectors? (Some 750 ti cards don't. That simplifies things.)

    This is the least expansive 750ti card at Newegg:

    ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 Ti DirectX 11 ZT-70605-10M 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Plug-in Card Video Card - Newegg.com

    ($105US plus $3 S&H). It doesn't have a VGA output, but it includes a DVI to VGA adapter, so that wouldn't be a problem.

    I hope that I'm not intimidating you. It may be possible to find a used card that would be OK, but all the same considerations would apply. An old 8800 GTX might be adequate, but it's a large card, and it would require a 450W power supply with two 6 pin PCI-E power cables.

    I hope that your grandpa doesn't feel that you're ungrateful because you want to turn your PC into a capable gaming system.
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  4.    18 Jan 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    The Geforce 610 GT is a low-end graphics card. Replacing it with a better one would give the greatest change. One suggestion: Geforce 750 ti.

    Things to consider, to avoid frustration:

    Do you need a low profile card? (The 610 is available that way. If you need a low profile card, that will severely limit what you can use.) Your motherboard is full sized, so it's likely that the case doesn't need a low-profile card.

    Does the card have the right connectors to work with your monitor? (DVI, VGA, Display Port, HDMI.) That's one of the least likely problems, but that should be checked.

    Does your power supply support the card? (Probably needs to be 300W or more. There is a plaque on the power supply that gives its specs. You may be able to read it with the cover off. If not, Grandpa may recall what power supply he used.)

    Does the card require additional power connectors? (Some 750 ti cards don't. That simplifies things.)

    This is the least expansive 750ti card at Newegg:

    ZOTAC GeForce GTX 750 Ti DirectX 11 ZT-70605-10M 2GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Plug-in Card Video Card - Newegg.com

    ($105US plus $3 S&H). It doesn't have a VGA output, but it includes a DVI to VGA adapter, so that wouldn't be a problem.

    I hope that I'm not intimidating you. It may be possible to find a used card that would be OK, but all the same considerations would apply. An old 8800 GTX might be adequate, but it's a large card, and it would require a 450W power supply with two 6 pin PCI-E power cables.

    I hope that your grandpa doesn't feel that you're ungrateful because you want to turn your PC into a capable gaming system.
    Thanks so much, this is the answer I was looking for. I was think of getting a card like the GeForce GTX 960. Do you think I would be able to run games like SWTOR and Tera on high-end settings? I mean I'd obviously have to check if it's compatible but...
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  5.    18 Jan 2016 #5
    Join Date : Jun 2015
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Buying another Graphics card one of main things want to look at in your system is PSU Amps on +12v rail and wattage. Can you list the power Supply you have.


    400W or greater PSU and at least 20-28amps on 12v rail and 1 available 6 pin connector, some use 8 pin connector, here are examples of this card from EVGA Site.
    http://www.evga.com/Products/Product...02G-P4-2962-KR
    Always go a bit more then required with a PSU, to compensate for other hardware and potential upgrades.
    Last edited by jds63; 18 Jan 2016 at 20:39.
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