Jump to content

Welcome to Geeks to Go - Register now for FREE

Geeks To Go is a helpful hub, where thousands of volunteer geeks quickly serve friendly answers and support. Check out the forums and get free advice from the experts. Register now to gain access to all of our features, it's FREE and only takes one minute. Once registered and logged in, you will be able to create topics, post replies to existing threads, give reputation to your fellow members, get your own private messenger, post status updates, manage your profile and so much more.

Create Account How it Works

PC Graphics Upgrade

  • Please log in to reply




  • Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 226 posts
I've been able to run games at max settings for the longest time, but adding in the addition of starting to stream games it's started to cause some lagging issues. Lately I've been playing Planetside 2 and it runs decently while streaming, but even without streaming PS2 will punch my computer in the gut during the really massive battles.

I'm wondering if I can get away with a simple GPU upgrade, as I'm not ready for a full build just yet. I can assemble the parts easily enough, but making sense of all the numbers and details is a bit over my head.

Specs are as follows, the computer is a few years old.

Intel Core i7 CPU 870 @ 2.93GHz
Corsair XMS3 2x4GB DDR3 1333
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB
Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB
Western Digital Caviar Green 1.5TB
Western Digital Caviar Green 2.5TB
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB
Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 1.5TB
ATI Radeon HD 5870
Creative SB X-Fi Titanium
Corsair 750TX

I'd like to upgrade to an EVGA GTX 770, like this one on Amazon. Or I wonder would it be worth it to get the Classified Edition that has double the memory for around $100 more?

Would I have any problems, issues, bottlenecks with my system? I know this is a PCIE 3.0 card whereas I only have 2.0. I know I can still use it, but I'm not sure how much performance loss I'd see because of that. Also I'm only running one monitor at 1920x1200. *Edit I should say I'm also concerned with the power supply as it's on it's third PC upgrade. I wonder if it'll be enough with all the hard drives and stuff. It keeps on working so I keep on using it. :)

Much appreciated to anyone taking the time to read/reply.

Edited by ADNoland, 11 July 2013 - 06:59 AM.

  • 0




    Mechanised Mod

  • Moderator
  • 22,169 posts
Hello ADNoland

The GTX770 is a great video card however it is overkill for your intended use, costs more than you need to spend, it may be bottlenecked by your DDR3 1333 + it requires a 600W PSU with 42A on the +12V rail, the amp requirement may be fine but the amount of HDDs and add on cards etc that you have fitted may cause a 3 year old PSU to struggle.

Consider the GTX 760 instead and use some of the cash saved to upgrade your Ram to DDR3 1600;
Video card http://www.amazon.co.../?tag=pcpapi-20
Benchmarks http://www.videocard...h_end_gpus.html

Use the Crucial system scanner tool to find the best recommended Ram for your system, no need to purchase from there, write down the details and shop around for the best deal http://www.crucial.c...ner/?click=true let us know what is suggested and we can also look for you.

A better price of $259.99 July 16th 2013 http://www.amazon.co.../ref=pd_cp_pc_0

Edited by phillpower2, 16 July 2013 - 11:42 AM.
Additional link added.

  • 1

Similar Topics

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

As Featured On:

Microsoft Yahoo BBC MSN PC Magazine Washington Post HP