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    Graphics card upgrade

    Anyone know of a way to check what graphic card upgrades would be suitable for my desk top ?

    Downloaded the latest Doom to play and it seems to struggle !

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    Re: Graphics card upgrade

    whats the spec? cpu, RAM

    Do you have a dedicated graphics card currently, or are you using the onboard one?
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    Re: Graphics card upgrade

    You'll need to take into consideration your PSU as graphics cards usually need a lot of power.

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    Re: Graphics card upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilTheFragger View Post
    whats the spec? cpu, RAM

    Do you have a dedicated graphics card currently, or are you using the onboard one?
    it's this :

    https://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c04834778

    just tried to put this in , but its too big !

    ASUS R9270-DC20C
    Last edited by spongebob59; 11-Nov-2017 at 15:59.

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    Re: Graphics card upgrade

    According to the specs, your PSU is rated at 180W and your current graphics card uses 35W.
    The R9270 uses 150W, so there is no chance that it will work (that's if it did fit).

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    Re: Graphics card upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by GaryK View Post
    According to the specs, your PSU is rated at 180W and your current graphics card uses 35W.
    The R9270 uses 150W, so there is no chance that it will work (that's if it did fit).
    The card in there at the mo doesn't have a fan so guess that's why !

    So I would need to look for a card of similar power rating ?

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    Re: Graphics card upgrade

    eBay has loads of good second hand stuff.

    I upgrade every 2-3 years and eBay by old one. Itís a very common thing to do.

    Iím looking at a vega, the 56 at the moment as Scan has a special price sale on at the moment.

    Iím assuming your monitor is just a 1080p 60hz so that should help narrow down the choice.

    I have a R9 380 and its a solid 1080p card for 60hz.

    I had the R270 before that and that was Ok for all but modern AAA games a couple of years back.

    Iím only experinced with AMD cards though, never had Nvidia.

    Without a serious PSU upgrade you are looking at the underclocked low end cards but that doesnít mean they wonít do what you want. Just have to turn off all the goodies.

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    Re: Graphics card upgrade

    There are a number of issues here

    Firstly, your current card looks like a low profile one, that means it is smaller than a normal card, you will need another low profile card to fit in your chassis.

    your PSU is a bit basic, graphic cards draw their power either from the motherboard socket, or often they need a direct feed from the PSU. if you havnt got the correct adapter from your psu, then its a faff to find and fit one.

    basically you have chosen a beast of a game to play, very few high end games are made available on PC these days as there are better gaming platforms available
    You are going to have real problems playing that game on that PC unless you spend £75 on a new PSU and £200+ on a graphics card that fits

    Good luck with that one
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    Re: Graphics card upgrade

    Oh dear, back to soltaire

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    Re: Graphics card upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by PhilTheFragger View Post
    There are a number of issues here

    Firstly, your current card looks like a low profile one, that means it is smaller than a normal card, you will need another low profile card to fit in your chassis.

    your PSU is a bit basic, graphic cards draw their power either from the motherboard socket, or often they need a direct feed from the PSU. if you havnt got the correct adapter from your psu, then its a faff to find and fit one.

    basically you have chosen a beast of a game to play, very few high end games are made available on PC these days as there are better gaming platforms available
    You are going to have real problems playing that game on that PC unless you spend £75 on a new PSU and £200+ on a graphics card that fits

    Good luck with that one

    Have to disagree with the bib. The PC platform is still the platform of choice for serious gaming, you don't see many Egame championships using consoles.

    The serious COD games prefer PC's because you can run the games at refresh rates of 144Mhz with the FPS to match, it makes a massive difference to the players. You need a beefy PC to run it though.
    I built my son's gaming rig a few years back and he's just had to upgrade his Gcard to keep up with the games he's playing.

    Admittedly the amount of games released on the PC has diminished in recent years, but there's still plenty about.
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