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Which one is better? ATI Radeon 4200 HD or Nvidia GT 610? How much stronger?

I'm not very experienced with graphics cards, but I have a ATI Radeon 4200 HD. My cousin told me she had an old card, and I was wondering how effective the change of cards would be. She's giving me a Nvidia GT 610. I play games like Minecraft, Team Fortress two, and lower 2007 /less modern/ games. I was hoping that this would give me a frames boost. If you need the rest of my specs, here they are:

Dell Inspiron 570, (no modifications.)

Processor: AMD Anthlon II X2 250 Processor 3.00 GHz

Watts: 450 watts I believe

Ram: 4GB

System Type: 64 bit.

Thank you very much, I also use softwares such as: Source Film Maker, Blender, Cinema 4D, Photoshop, and Paint Tool Sai.

///Note: I'd also appreciate help with installing it, if you could recommend a guide of some sort.///
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    It wont be a massive boost, but you should see a overall speed up since the GPU wont be using the system memory anymore.

    As for install:
    Download the install package for the new GPU from nVidias website
    Uninstall the Radeon driver
    Run CCleaner to remove all traces that might be lingering of the driver
    Turn off computer and install GPU, if there is a lot of dust built up inside, use compressed air to blow it out, NEVER use a vacuum. Blow out the dust outside as a dust cloud will form.
    Turn on the computer and install the nVidia driver
  2. Martell1977 said:
    It wont be a massive boost, but you should see a overall speed up since the GPU wont be using the system memory anymore.

    As for install:
    Download the install package for the new GPU from nVidias website
    Uninstall the Radeon driver
    Run CCleaner to remove all traces that might be lingering of the driver
    Turn off computer and install GPU, if there is a lot of dust built up inside, use compressed air to blow it out, NEVER use a vacuum. Blow out the dust outside as a dust cloud will form.
    Turn on the computer and install the nVidia driver


    Do you think it will remove frame skipping? I have a good 40 FPS in Team Fortress 2 but it sometimes will drop or suddenly increase which will cause major lag.
  3. You'll get better performance, but certainly nothing special. You're only upgrading from an ancient integrated card to a newer, discrete, non-gaming one.
  4. isaaclank1 said:
    Do you think it will remove frame skipping? I have a good 40 FPS in Team Fortress 2 but it sometimes will drop or suddenly increase which will cause major lag.



    I should smooth things out a bit. Have to remember that the integrated 4200 was using the system RAM as well as the processor, that extra traffic will now be gone and the bandwidth freed up for the CPU. Due to the age of the machine, I can't guarantee anything, but my experience has been that things should run smoother overall.
  5. Martell1977 said:
    isaaclank1 said:
    Do you think it will remove frame skipping? I have a good 40 FPS in Team Fortress 2 but it sometimes will drop or suddenly increase which will cause major lag.



    I should smooth things out a bit. Have to remember that the integrated 4200 was using the system RAM as well as the processor, that extra traffic will now be gone and the bandwidth freed up for the CPU. Due to the age of the machine, I can't guarantee anything, but my experience has been that things should run smoother overall.


    Thank you. I'll give you solution. I'll hope for an increase.
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