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Offline Anguille

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Graphic Card
« on: December 14, 2016, 03:02:05 AM »
Hi guys,

I am thinking about upgrading the graphic card from my computer. Never done that before.

My computer came with a Nvidia Geforce GT 620 but it's not enough for Rome 2 or Dawn of Andromeda (though i can play almost all my other games).

What do you guys think about:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti Windforce

Is it enough to play games like the latest TW games? Do you now if i can put that instead of my other card? Thanks

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Re: Graphic Card
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2016, 04:27:09 AM »
No real answers but here's a couple of links that have some information that might help:

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-750-Ti-vs-GeForce-GT-620
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-750-Ti-Desktop-Graphics-Card.126721.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-620M.72198.0.html

To me it looks like the GTX-750 is a MUCH better card. You would have to check the power requirements and what your power supply can handle.

Also, Dawn of Andromeda really needs higher end graphic cards to run?  :o
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Re: Graphic Card
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2016, 04:37:52 AM »
No real answers but here's a couple of links that have some information that might help:

http://gpuboss.com/gpus/GeForce-GTX-750-Ti-vs-GeForce-GT-620
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-750-Ti-Desktop-Graphics-Card.126721.0.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-620M.72198.0.html

To me it looks like the GTX-750 is a MUCH better card. You would have to check the power requirements and what your power supply can handle.

Also, Dawn of Andromeda really needs higher end graphic cards to run?  :o

Thanks.

Yeah. My current card seems to be below the requierements for Dawn of Andromeda. I haven't seen anyone else complain though...I haven't played Endless Space 2 yet but the other 4x games i got this year work ok (Master of Orion, Stellaris, Polaris Sector).

Not so easy when you've got no money and a computer that's no new enough :(....
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Re: Graphic Card
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2016, 05:40:54 AM »
GTX 1050 TI is the newer version (and has 4 GB memory) and should be available at about the same price range.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M360WG6/ref=sr_ob_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1481718110&sr=8-2
https://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/2885/geforce-gtx-1050-ti
https://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/2548/geforce-gtx-750-ti

Make sure you can connect the card to your power supply  (2x6 pins, 1x8 pins, ... ?) 
I thing that most 750 & 1050, like the 620, don't need a power connector.

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Re: Graphic Card
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2016, 12:46:39 PM »
Yes definitely check that your power supply can handle it.
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Re: Graphic Card
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2016, 12:28:12 PM »
Thanks! 

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Re: Graphic Card
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2016, 01:18:34 PM »
Hi guys,

I am thinking about upgrading the graphic card from my computer. Never done that before.

My computer came with a Nvidia Geforce GT 620 but it's not enough for Rome 2 or Dawn of Andromeda (though i can play almost all my other games).

What do you guys think about:
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750Ti Windforce

Is it enough to play games like the latest TW games? Do you now if i can put that instead of my other card? Thanks


A GTX750 will be a sizable leap in performance over a GT620.  Actually, there's almost nothing to the lower numbered GeForce series cards (GT#20 and GT#30).  Their performance is about that of onboard video such as the Intel HD series, or quite probably worse since it's older. 

I'd recommend at least the #50 cards in their series (the first # is the card series, which follows a wider family designationsuch as GT, GTX, etc) for proper gaming.  It may not push all the settings to eleven, or even eight in some cases, but you should be able to comfortably play everything.


Some things to keep in mind when you are installing a different video card (i.e. upgrading):


1) Make sure your power supply has a PCI-E power plug, if the new card has one, and supports enough Amps on it's 12v rail.  Judging by what video card you computer came with, I wouldn't be surprised if it lacked the plug altogether.  The supported amperage listing should be on a sticker on the side of the PSU.  You will likely have to buy a new PSU upgrade along with your new card.  Even if it has the right plug, if it can't supply enough current when the card is running hot then you'll get blue screens and crashes when trying to game or sometimes even watch videos. 

2) Some of the cheapest motherboards, in mass-marketed desktops, only have half the PCI-E channels running.  PCI-E is the big video card slot on the motherboard, so if this is the case you may not get full capability at all times.  Would still be better than what you have.

3) Before installing the new video card, you need to do some software prep.  Installing computer hardware in a desktop is very simple.  You just plug it where it goes.  It's getting the various software to work that can occasionally cause issues.  But this is easy:

  a) Save yourself some time and download a recent set of drivers from the official Nvidia site for your new card's model number.  Don't bother installing the drivers on the disk that came with the card, as they'll be very outdated.

  b)  After you're done downloading, and before shutting off the PC, go to Control Panel>Programs and Features.  Uninstall your current Nvidia drivers.  This is to ensure it's not trying to use the wrong files for the new model after you plug it in and start back up.  Best to start with a clean set and make that machine forget it had that old paperweight in it before plugging in the new one.

4) <Optional>  When installing the newer Nvidia drivers, it may have the option to install the "GeForce Experience" software with your new card.  While it has what could be valuable extra features (ShadowPlay, one-touch driver updates), it's also been riddled with bugs in my "experience".  Like a damn Alpha test.  One version even screwed up my laptop's Sleep Mode.  I've since been using the 'Custom Install' option for the Nvidia drivers and unchecking the 'Install GF Experience' option.  Done with that buggy shit.  You don't need it installed at all, either.


Sounds like a lot, but it's not.  Enjoy!   O0





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Re: Graphic Card
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2016, 05:17:28 AM »
Thanks. I should get it next week so i'll keep you posted on how it goes....have no idea!