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diosoth

Assistance in upgrading my video hardware

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I recently chose to squeeze some enhancements into my old PC just to keep it functional for the time being until I can get a much better machine since even basic web browsing could get a bit jittery at times. 500W PSU, 3.33GHz CPU(already noticing minor yet useful performance improvements over the old 2.6GHz CPU) and a fresh heatsink/fan while I was at it(may as well change it, that has to come out to get the old PSU out and I was swapping the CPU too plus it's 10 years old, who know show much longer it's got) and finally RAM from 6GB to 8GB, the most I can upgrade to(shopping for that has been an adventure on its own, unfortunately). I'll eventually upgrade the HDD and probably the case fans to run a bit cooler since the new CPU raised my average temps by 5C(not dangerous but I'd prefer as cool as possible).

 

The graphics card though, I don't expect to get a great model but I want something better than the onboard Intel chip, and figures the gaming experts here would likely be able to direct me to a decent older model. My motherboard is an Acer EG43M microATX(http://www.findlaptopdriver.com/specs-acer-eg43m/) which itself presents some problems as a pretty decent card I saw won't fit, it's too long(would go over the SATA connectors). Going by board specs & seeing what's on eBay, the best one I've found so far is the Nvidia GeForce GT 730 2GB which isn't stellar but good enough to run Skyrim on medium which is fine by me. But if anyone can point me to a better card that's compatible it would be greatly appreciated.

 

Eventually I'll build my own PC rather than trying to use some standard store model that isn't upgrade friendly but that's probably 1-3 years off, I'd rather just get this one a bit more powerful in the meantime.

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I would recommend an used nvidia GTX 750 or 750ti.

 

If you're playing a lot in 1920x1080 resolution, a GTX 750ti is the better choice because of the 2GB video memory instead of 'only' 1GB.

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Okay, that looks suitable and will fit, it'll cost double the 730's price though but should be worth it. Thank you. It should also extend my need to upgrade to Win10 or new hardware by a couple of years and I'm not overly concerned with current gen games anyway. I have enough games as it is to worry about.

 

I never bother with anything above 1600 x 900 resolution personally and with games tend to go lower if it looks okay, it's less the hardware specs and more the fact it makes things a lot smaller for me, I just prefer this resolution.

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11 hours ago, diosoth said:

Okay, that looks suitable and will fit, it'll cost double the 730's price though but should be worth it. Thank you. It should also extend my need to upgrade to Win10 or new hardware by a couple of years and I'm not overly concerned with current gen games anyway. I have enough games as it is to worry about.

 

I never bother with anything above 1600 x 900 resolution personally and with games tend to go lower if it looks okay, it's less the hardware specs and more the fact it makes things a lot smaller for me, I just prefer this resolution.

Want to go on a limb and ask what processor you have? Since you seem to be on a limited setup, i might be able to help.

 

Especially when i do everything on a far worse rig (Honestly, its garbage. Shoving in a Geforce 6600 from 2004!!! would literally double my 3D performance, its that shit.)

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I just put in an Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 3.33GHz, upgraded from Intel Pentium E5300 2.6GHz. It's not tremendously improved, but still better. I did see one on the compatibility list that would have been far better than that but the price was much higher, I opted for "good enough".

 

I managed to find an EVGA GeForce GTX 750Ti SC 2GB on eBay used tested working, for a bit under $70 shipped & tax. Double what a GT73 would have been but should be worth it. There are a few GeForce GTX(ignoring the "unbranded" ones), EVGA looked to be the only one short enough for my mobo though. Seen here(before I swapped in the new CPU, heatsink & PSU) the PCIe 16X slot has very little space behind it before the RAM slots get in the way. It's a bad design for a board, honestly- I have to unplug the 24-pin connector just to get to the RAM slots due to the cable being in the way.

 

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