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Upgrading Graphics Card.. will I notice a difference?

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October 9, 2013 2:37:44 PM

Hello, will I notice a big difference and is my computer too old, that it'll be holding the card back? I would like better performance from my video games. I have a Dell Inspiron 546, it's about 3 years old. I am getting a better power supply from a friend who recently upgraded his computer (460 Watts, 2-3 year old power supply) to power the card. Due to my budget, it's hard to buy ALL the computer parts I want at once, so I will be upgrading parts over the next year.

The best card I can get is the ASUS GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB 192-bit GDDR5.

Here's my current specs:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
AMD Athlon II X2 250 3.0Ghz Dual Core - Regor 45nm Technology
4.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 309MHz (6-6-6-18)
Motherboard - Dell Inc. 0F896N (AM2)
Graphics + Monitor: DELL ST2010 (1600x900@60Hz),
1024MB GeForce GT 220 (EVGA)
ASUS Xonar DG Audio Device


Thank you.
a c 331 U Graphics card
October 9, 2013 2:40:55 PM

You are going to see a huge increase in performance over that ancient 220. It wont be 60fps ultra but you can run ultra on just about any game (Within reason)
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October 9, 2013 2:46:19 PM

HAHA!!! Yes, you will see - " A WHOLE NEW WORLD" ROFLICIOUS "_"
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October 9, 2013 2:46:55 PM

Will my CPU be holding performance back by a lot?
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October 9, 2013 2:50:18 PM

Hard to say, there is no way of linking said GPU to a system and knowing for sure if a bottleneck will occur. I would say no. You will in fact still see A HUGE improvement in video quality, performance, and enjoyable game play with that huge of an upgrade gap:) 
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October 9, 2013 2:51:40 PM

It will bottleneck tehcnically but it is by no means not worth the upgrade. It will still increase performance greatly, and as above, you WILL see a new world :D 
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a c 331 U Graphics card
October 9, 2013 2:53:10 PM

brooTool said:
Hard to say, there is no way of linking said GPU to a system and knowing for sure if a bottleneck will occur. I would say no. You will in fact still see A HUGE improvement in video quality, performance, and enjoyable game play with that huge of an upgrade gap:) 


I need your internet BTW, I only get 500KBPs down. California mountains :/ 
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October 9, 2013 2:53:23 PM

CPU to GPU bottlenecks are nasty critters and sometimes impossible to predict; people throw the word bottleneck around too much and it has caused people hysteria about upgrading. You should be fine in my opinion, but maybe wait for some others to reply with their thoughts and knowledge and/or experiences with that CPU -----> GPU :) 
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October 9, 2013 2:55:50 PM

LOL everyone says that, I love my internet :)  Sad thing is I cannot use it to its full potential. Also, for streaming its amazing, sucky thing is, I can only run certain bit rates (lower than what I am capable of running) others do not have fast enough bandwidths to view the actual stream ROFL.
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October 9, 2013 3:01:06 PM

Yeah, I just love taking 8 hours to download a game haha
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October 9, 2013 3:07:31 PM

Now, his power supply has a 4 pin connector, but that GPU needs 6 pin. There is a 4 to 6 pin converter right? Can someone link me to the one I would need? I am a bit nooby sorry ^^.
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October 9, 2013 3:56:20 PM

OK. The card actually comes with a MOLEX to 6 pin adapter, which is 4 pin ----> 6 pin. no need to buy one :)  Here is the video which shows you what comes in the box :) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eGChGtj-eo

Please select if this was a solution to your question. :) 
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October 9, 2013 4:44:23 PM

Thanks! I will be upgrading to this card.
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