Windows 10: Which hardware to upgrade ?

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  1.    26 Jun 2018 #11

    Plankton said: View Post
    The only issue with that is the standoff layout....OEMs have a very different layout. In my experience, they never work...I should say they have never worked for me.
    Sometimes it is an issue. I've done two so far, and the only real problem I had on one of them, was the front panel connection header on the MB - it didn't correlate to the front panel connections on the box. So, if that's not a big deal temporarily, it's a good stepping stone for a while.
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       26 Jun 2018 #12

    Thanks for the info, @Plankton. It makes things a lot clearer to me, and I'm here to learn as well as help where I can.

    Since teots has an OEM system from Lenovo, I'm assuming he doesn't "roll his own".

    Although not all OEMs are easily upgraded, I've never seen one that didn't have a way to add a graphics card, more RAM or possibly a new PSU. Lenovo may be a quite different animal than my HP 500-056, though, which lent itself quite nicely to upgrade with new power supply, video card and RAM. I brought it up to standard, and I agree it's not the best in the West; however, for what I do, it's adequate.

    Before making any hard decisions, I would check on whether a standard PSU upgrade will work in his Lenovo desktop, and if so, I'd consider upgrading the RAM first and later on, when more funds are available, upgrading the PSU to at least 500 and GPU to the 1060.

    If the Lenovo won't take a standard PSU, then @teots is limited in what he can do, and Simrick's advice to upgrade the GPU to the 960 is the best way to go for now . . . then, in a few months, maybe he can afford some more RAM and a few months later, maybe more RAM . . .
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  3.    26 Jun 2018 #13

    I'm assuming he doesn't "roll his own".
    I can't stop laughing with that comment...I spit my tea out all over my desk, monitors, keyboard......every thing. I'm still laughing.

    Too damn funny! Love it!
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  4.    26 Jun 2018 #14

    simrick said: View Post
    Sometimes it is an issue. I've done two so far, and the only real problem I had on one of them, was the front panel connection header on the MB - it didn't correlate to the front panel connections on the box. So, if that's not a big deal temporarily, it's a good stepping stone for a while.
    It's been awhile since I did one......and completely forgot about the front panel connects. That brings back more memories...of cussing and throwing stuff. Those were the good ole days. LOL!
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       26 Jun 2018 #15

    Plankton said: View Post
    I can't stop laughing with that comment...I spit my tea out all over my desk, monitors, keyboard......every thing. I'm still laughing.

    Too damn funny! Love it!
    Hope you got 'em all dried off and that there was no sugar in the tea.

    That phrase has been around since I learned to build my own computers (roll your own) sometime around 1985. It was used in the betas of Vista and Windows 7 too. I missed the Windows 8 beta, when that jerk fired all of the former beta testers and went with whatever . . . not very good results since the "everyday user" was no longer involved in the testing.
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  6.    26 Jun 2018 #16

    1050TI would perhaps be better than a 960 which are a bit rare now and only requires a 300 Watt PSU, it's also slightly better than a 960 as well as requiring less power and being cheaper.
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  7.    26 Jun 2018 #17

    Is it the 960 or 1050ti that require 300watts psu ? I found that the gtx 960 require
    400 watts psu and gtx 1050ti require 500 watts psu. My system only has a 400 wtts psu. should I settle down for a gtx 960 gpu or just upgrade the memory ?
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  8.    27 Jun 2018 #18

    1050TI requires 300 watts from Nvidia's specs GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | Specifications | GeForce

    Specifications

    Note: The below specifications represent this GPU as incorporated into NVIDIA's reference graphics card design. Clock specifications apply while gaming with medium to full GPU utilization. Graphics card specifications may vary by Add-in-card manufacturer. Please refer to the Add-in-card manufacturers' website for actual shipping specifications.



    GPU Engine Specs

    CUDA Cores
    768



    Graphics Clock (MHz)

    1290


    Processor Clock (MHz)
    1392


    Graphics Performance
    high-6747



    Memory Specs

    Memory Clock

    7 Gbps


    Standard Memory Config
    4 GB


    Memory Interface
    GDDR5


    Memory Interface Width

    128-bit



    Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)

    112




    Feature Support

    Supported Technologies

    CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, NVIDIA G-SYNC™, Ansel




    Thermal and Power Specs

    Maximum GPU Temperature (in C)

    97



    Maximum Graphics Card Power (W)

    75



    Minimum System Power Requirement (W) <<<<<<<<<

    300










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