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Will a MSI Gtx 660 ti work with an Intel Dual Core G630 and motherboard compatibility...

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February 19, 2014 4:33:52 AM

So i'm looking to upgrade my PC which has the processor mentioned above. I have no GPU in the PCI-E slot ( motherboard = MSI H61M-P31 (g3)). So i'm using the Intel R HD integrated graphics and i can barely play Blacklight Retribution on low on the lowest resolution without changing my aspect ratio. So basically its quite bad. I have some questions:

1) The PC is prebuilt by Advent so will i need to buy a new unbranded version of win7?
2) Will the motherboard support the GPU (no overclocking)? (i will need 90 degree SATA cables)
3) How do i know if the new PSU will fit in the case? (corsair CXM 430w)
4) I have been told by friends of friends (even my IT teacher) that the first time they tried to upgrade a PC it exploded. I know this sounds a bit harsh, but will it explode?.
5) I've also been told that upgrading a CPU requires a new mobo. Is this true?
6) Do I need to delete old drivers?

My Budget is around £250 (417$ approx) if that helps.

Any help would be appreciated as this is the family PC unfortunately so I don't want to destroy it. I am quite new to this but I've done my research.

Thanks! :) 
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February 19, 2014 5:42:17 AM

dogey said:
So i'm looking to upgrade my PC which has the processor mentioned above. I have no GPU in the PCI-E slot ( motherboard = MSI H61M-P31 (g3)). So i'm using the Intel R HD integrated graphics and i can barely play Blacklight Retribution on low on the lowest resolution without changing my aspect ratio. So basically its quite bad. I have some questions:

1) The PC is prebuilt by Advent so will i need to buy a new unbranded version of win7? No - your installed W7 will be fine.
2) Will the motherboard support the GPU (no overclocking)? (i will need 90 degree SATA cables) Yes, the m/b will support the 660ti.
3) How do i know if the new PSU will fit in the case? (corsair CXM 430w) The 660ti requires two 6 pin PEG connectors and the CXM only has one. You can use one of the molex connectors and an adapter to create the second PEG. The 660 "suggests" a minimum 430w psu, so your CXM is right on the boarder. If you are not overclocking anything, it should be fine, but you might want to consider a somewhat beefier supply with two native PEG connectors.
4) I have been told by friends of friends (even my IT teacher) that the first time they tried to upgrade a PC it exploded. I know this sounds a bit harsh, but will it explode?. If it "exploded", they either had a very underpowered and poor quality psu, or the Mission Impossible crew used it as a self destruct. Computers don't "explode" - the psu may go up in flames, but they will not cause a large crater in your house.
5) I've also been told that upgrading a CPU requires a new mobo. Is this true? Yes and no. Your m/b board is Intel socket 1155 and will accept other Intel cpu's based on socket 1155 such as I3, I5 and I7. If you wanted to switch to AMD or a newer generation Intel, then yes a new m/b would be needed.
6) Do I need to delete old drivers? No. They IGPU (Intel on board) drivers will not interfere with an Nvidia or Radeon gpu. That type of problem typically appears when you switch from Nvidia to Radeon and vice versa.

My Budget is around £250 (417$ approx) if that helps.

Any help would be appreciated as this is the family PC unfortunately so I don't want to destroy it. I am quite new to this but I've done my research.

Thanks! :) 


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February 19, 2014 5:43:57 AM

1 No windows license is tied to the motherboard.
2 Yes
3 If it is a minitower it will fit, small form factor not even the card will fit.
4 LOL No somebody made a mistake in his case.
5 No since H61 board supports from your G all the way up to I7 in socket LGA1155.
6 No but you can go into device manager and uninstall the Intel HD prior to shut down to install the new card, will eliminate driver conflicts.
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February 19, 2014 6:03:59 AM

The 660 ti is a bit much for that CPU, the G630 is a low power budget CPU and does not need anything past a lower range gaming card to match it.

Although the 660 ti will work (if it fits into the case), you can go with a Radeon 7750 (or a Radeon R7 250 GDDR5), maybe a 7770 and not have to spend as much money. Depending on the price you are getting the 660 ti there may be better options for you.

The one benefit of getting a faster card is that you can move it into a faster system later on, although if you plan on using the system for a few years it may be better to spend 1/2 the money now and get a faster card in the future as tech will pass by the 660 ti in the same price range by quite a bit by then.
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February 19, 2014 11:41:54 AM

Thanks everyone for your help! I may upgrade to a i5 3570k in the future. I'll consider all the options you've given me.
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February 19, 2014 11:42:36 AM

rolli59 said:
1 No windows license is tied to the motherboard.
2 Yes
3 If it is a minitower it will fit, small form factor not even the card will fit.
4 LOL No somebody made a mistake in his case.
5 No since H61 board supports from your G all the way up to I7 in socket LGA1155.
6 No but you can go into device manager and uninstall the Intel HD prior to shut down to install the new card, will eliminate driver conflicts.


Thanks for directly answering the questions. :) 
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