Ultimately, you want a balanced setup: Too much power, and the graphics processing unit just sits idle in a game, waiting for the CPU to finish whatever it's doing. Medium quality usually looks decent and might help you keep costs down, but buying a card that only handles current games at medium quality means you're only a year or two Currently on my 5th gpu starting from 4 years back when I first built my computer permalinkembedsavegive gold[–]JaxJags 0 points1 point2 points 6 months ago(0 children)Usually when I find a really good deal. Sold my r9 270, friend wanted to join PCMR so I hooked him up with my 380 and bought a GTX 770 on craigslist. http://wkpadv.com/graphics-card/how-to-upgrade-graphics-card-on-laptop.html
Shares We've been there: a new game to comes out and your trusty dusty old PC isn't up to snuff, giving you a slideshow rather than a smooth experience. Once the new graphics card is placed in the PCI-e slot, make sure you secure it to the case by using the screws you removed from your old graphics card. The chassis for my example desktop is an older Antec Sonata Designer 500, which lacks the internal depth needed for longer cards. However, if you're just looking to make that latest game playable, you'll get the most for your money by upgrading the entire system (or spending less money and going for a https://www.msi.com/blog/pc-gaming-101-how-to-upgrade-your-graphics-card
GTX 650ti 1 GB -> GTX 760 2 GB -> GTX 970 4* GB The game I play the most is an older DX 9 Source Engine game, so it scales A quick rule of thumb is that you should have twice as much system memory as your graphics card has VRAM, so a 4GB graphics card means you'd want 8GB or permalinkembedsaveparentgive gold[–]jdorje 24 points25 points26 points 6 months ago(4 children)When there's a sale I can't refuse. Reply Ralph Cramden December 1, 2015 at 2:24 pm I usually replace my system every four or five years.
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