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Gorbon_Rubsay

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Hello if anyone can help an old geezer with a tech issue.

So I haven't taken the cover off a computer since adding more RAM to my Pentium II.

Now I'm thinking of upgrading the graphics card (GTX650) on my current computer to something a little better so I can play on MAX settings for WOT & WOW:

So my Qs are:

1. Will a GTX960 with 2GB RAM do the trick or is something more necessary? (money is not a big issue but I don't see myself keeping the computer itself for more than a couple more years so I don't want to splash)

2. When I install it are there things I need to be aware of? What do I need to check? Back in the day there were a whole bunch of different slot formats and compatibility issues (is it something I need to worry about they all seem to be PCI express 3)

3. Does it make a difference which brand I chose? (ZOTEC, ASUStek, MSI etc.?) Or can I just buy the cheapest one off amazon? Until 5 minutes ago I didn't realise NVidea didn't make the boards too.

4. Am I an old fogie who should leave this stuff to people who know what they are doing?

 

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I guess that means: No, you can't just buy the cheapest thing on amazon and chuck it in and hope it works....

 

Here are my computer specs from DXDaig (deleted the bits that didn't seem relevant)

Thanks so much for the help!!

 


   Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.150113-1808)
           Language: Japanese (Regional Setting: Japanese)
System Manufacturer: MouseComputer/S7Hpr64
       System Model: B85H3-M4
               BIOS: BIOS Date: 06/14/13 10:01:11 Ver: 04.06.05
          Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4430 CPU @ 3.00GHz (4 CPUs), ~3.0GHz
             Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 3954MB RAM
          Page File: 2807MB used, 5099MB available
        Windows Dir: C:\Windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
   User DPI Setting: 144 DPI (150 percent)
 System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
     DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

 

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Display Devices
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          Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650
       Manufacturer: NVIDIA
          Chip type: GeForce GTX 650
           DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
     Display Memory: 2692 MB
   Dedicated Memory: 971 MB
      Shared Memory: 1721 MB
       Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
       Monitor Name: 汎用 PnP モニター
      Monitor Model: PLX2783H
         Monitor Id: IVM6611
        Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
        Output Type: DVI
        

-------------

 

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System Devices
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     Name: Intel® B85 LPC Controller - 8C50
     Name: Intel® 8 Series/C220 Series PCI Express Root Port #1 - 8C10
     Name: High Definition Audio コントローラー
     Name: Intel® Management Engine Interface 
     Name: Intel® 8 Series/C220 Chipset Family SATA AHCI Controller
     Name: インテル® USB 3.0 eXtensible ホスト・コントローラー
     Name: High Definition Audio コントローラー
     Name: Intel® 8 Series/C220 Series USB EHCI #2 - 8C2D
     Name: Intel® Xeon® processor E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core processor PCI Express x16 Controller - 0C01
     Name: Intel® 4th Gen Core processor DRAM Controller - 0C00
     Name: Intel® 8 Series/C220 Series SMBus Controller - 8C22
     Name: Intel® HD Graphics 4600
     Name: High Definition Audio コントローラー
     Name: Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
     Name: Intel® 8 Series/C220 Series PCI Express Root Port #6 - 8C1A
     Name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650

---------------
EVR Power Information
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Current Setting: {5C67A112-A4C9-483F-B4A7-1D473BECAFDC} (Quality) 
  Quality Flags: 2576
    Enabled:
    Force throttling
    Allow half deinterlace
    Allow scaling
    Decode Power Usage: 100
  Balanced Flags: 1424
    Enabled:
    Force throttling
    Allow batching
    Force half deinterlace
    Force scaling
    Decode Power Usage: 50
  PowerFlags: 1424
    Enabled:
    Force throttling
    Allow batching
    Force half deinterlace
    Force scaling
    Decode Power Usage: 0

 

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Right, just opened it up. Looks like 510W, that is enough right?

So can I just buy any 960 card off Amazon, rip out the 650, slap in the new card, plug in the same cable from the PSU and bob is my uncle?

Edited by Gorbon_Rubsay

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Go to Cooler Master's Power Supply calculator : http://www.coolermaster.outervision.com/

 

Type in your PC specs there (including the new video card) and should tell you how much wattage your setup is using. I think that 510W is enough but it does not hurt to make sure your psu is adequate.  :great:

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960 will work, but if you want to play other games, go for GTX 970, you can play ArmA3 with max setting there with only a bit of lag, and you will get 60 FPS (1080p) on ultra BF4 sttings

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I use GTX 750 and I have max settings on all of my games. :x

 

I am planning to buy a friend's desktop with that card installed. How's the performance on WoWs? What's the fps?
Edited by KolossalkabawSEA

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Bought an ASUS GTX960 2mb and swapped it out with the 650. Process was super easy and it works like a charm.

No more stuttering when getting spammed by aircraft! Now I can watch myself die in full HD glory!

 

Thanks so much for the help.

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