Windows 10: Upgrading Graphics Card?

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  1. Posts : 2,947
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       23 May 2016 #11

    keegaan said: View Post
    Nowhere I can see but here's some pictures of it:
    Attachment 81338Attachment 81339
    Looks to me like what is called a Custom case, can be outfitted by the user as desired. The power supply appears to be 500W capacity.
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  2.    23 May 2016 #12

    The power supply is a nominal 500W one:

    COOLER MASTER eXtreme RP-500-PCAR 500W ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply - Newegg.com

    It has a single 6 pin PCI-E power connector. If you needed an 8 pin (like for some high-end eVGA 950 cards), the card may be bundled with an adapter. (Should be safe enough. The PCI-E slot can supply 75W, and a 6 pin PCI-E power connector another 75, so the 8 pin one is hardly necessary.)

    Your case looks like a full width type (not SFF, small form factor), so a full-height graphics card should fit.

    It's good that the "HP" in your system specs isn't correct. Appliance PCs (HP, Dell, etc.) sometimes have power supplies that are adequate to support the factory system, but not large enough to take upgrades. You should be good. If you need help swapping cards, don't be shy to ask for it.

    My recommended ritual:

    Have the latest drivers for the new card downloaded. (Visual Computing Leadership from NVIDIA).

    With the old graphics card still in place, uninstall its drivers.

    Power down. (Do not reboot; you might get some unwanted drivers back.)

    Swap cards.

    Power up.

    Install the new drivers.

    On rare occasions, I've had to clear the CMOS to get the new card recognized. (Not hard to do, but it may involve moving a jumper on the motherboard to a new position, then moving it back. Newer motherboards have push buttons or recessed buttons that you can push with a bent paper clip.)

    Not sure what to recommend for an upgrade. The 950 is a better card, but it costs more.
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  3.    24 May 2016 #13

    bobkn said: View Post
    The power supply is a nominal 500W one:

    COOLER MASTER eXtreme RP-500-PCAR 500W ATX12V V2.01 Power Supply - Newegg.com
    It has a single 6 pin PCI-E power connector. If you needed an 8 pin (like for some high-end eVGA 950 cards), the card may be bundled with an adapter. (Should be safe enough. The PCI-E slot can supply 75W, and a 6 pin PCI-E power connector another 75, so the 8 pin one is hardly necessary.)

    Your case looks like a full width type (not SFF, small form factor), so a full-height graphics card should fit.

    It's good that the "HP" in your system specs isn't correct. Appliance PCs (HP, Dell, etc.) sometimes have power supplies that are adequate to support the factory system, but not large enough to take upgrades. You should be good. If you need help swapping cards, don't be shy to ask for it.

    My recommended ritual:

    Have the latest drivers for the new card downloaded. (Visual Computing Leadership from NVIDIA).

    With the old graphics card still in place, uninstall its drivers.

    Power down. (Do not reboot; you might get some unwanted drivers back.)

    Swap cards.

    Power up.

    Install the new drivers.

    On rare occasions, I've had to clear the CMOS to get the new card recognized. (Not hard to do, but it may involve moving a jumper on the motherboard to a new position, then moving it back. Newer motherboards have push buttons or recessed buttons that you can push with a bent paper clip.)

    Not sure what to recommend for an upgrade. The 950 is a better card, but it costs more.
    Thanks for the help.
    I'm trying to play Planet Coaster, Guild Wars 2, and WoW with decent settings. Which would you recommend that's around $150 or less?
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  4.    25 May 2016 #14

    keegaan said: View Post
    I have no idea how to check the wattage of the PSU but I got a picture here:
    Attachment 81302

    edit: I have no idea why it's upside down
    Well, there is a BIG 500 in red numbers... Does it count?
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       25 May 2016 #15

    It is also an ATX form factor. I thought it had been said the PSU is OK.
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  6.    25 May 2016 #16

    eLPuSHeR said: View Post
    Well, there is a BIG 500 in red numbers... Does it count?
    You're a bit late to the party for adding snark.
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  7.    25 May 2016 #17

    keegaan said: View Post
    Thanks for the help.
    I'm trying to play Planet Coaster, Guild Wars 2, and WoW with decent settings. Which would you recommend that's around $150 or less?
    I'm not much into gaming, so I can't make recommendations based on familiarity.

    A little quick Googling produced a recommendation for a GTX 470 for a WoW expansion pack. That would be roughly equivalent to a 750 ti.

    If you're willing to part with $150, then I suggest the 950. I don't know how long you'd keep the upgraded system, but I suppose that a 900 series card will have better driver support in the future than a 700 series card.

    (At newegg.com, there's an MSI 960 for $170, but with a $20 rebate. Just at your budget limit. It's a slightly better card than the 950.)

    Maybe an AMD card would give better price/performance. I've used a few of those over the years, but I always find myself going back to nVidia. I'd try to sell you an old 7970, but it probably wouldn't be a good fit in your system. ;-)
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  8. essenbe's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       25 May 2016 #18
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  9.    27 May 2016 #19

    I swapped my Geforce 750ti or whatever it was for the current AMD one, I am beginning to doubt my wisdom. Far Cry 2 Fortunes Edition should be running at top whack on my card, ( Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 380 Nitro 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (PCI Express 3.0, HDMI 1.4, DVI-I, DVI-D, D) I have had to drop it from ultra high to optimal - eg: high because FC 2 crashes on me. I know its video connected but not what.

    On the video card benchmark link, its way dowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwn the list!! Not happy

    Which one???


    Sapphire AMD Radeon R9 380 Nitro 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card (PCI Express 3.0, HDMI 1.4, DVI-I, DVI-D, D
    MSI NVIDIA GTX 970 Gaming Twin Frozr HDMI DVI-I DP Graphics Card (4GB, PCI Express, DDR5, 256 Bit)

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