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February 16, 2013 9:57:17 PM

Please help me. I am looking into upgrading my computer to run games faster. Right now I have decent run-speeds on my games but I really feel I need more. anyway I have been looking around and at this point I am feeling lost. I'll give you all the specs I have and I hope somebody can help me out.

Specs of hardware known to me: http://www.powerspec.com/systems/system_specs.phtml?sel...
My motherboard: http://www.powerspec.com/systems/system_components.phtm...
Please somebody help me find compatible upgrades to graphics and run speed for gaming.
February 16, 2013 10:35:50 PM

ok well based on the info ^ you only have intel integrated graphics, a great and cheap GPU starting point for upgrading would be Nvidia GT 640 2GB, I have the 640 and its great for gaming, btw theres not much else you can do becuase of your motherboard, so if you want to upgrade anything much else you will have to upgrade your motherboard, a great cheap motherboard would be the Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H its great for anything really and its got lots of upgrade/expansion options.
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February 16, 2013 10:47:52 PM

Guywhoneedshelp said:
Please help me. I am looking into upgrading my computer to run games faster. Right now I have decent run-speeds on my games but I really feel I need more. anyway I have been looking around and at this point I am feeling lost. I'll give you all the specs I have and I hope somebody can help me out.

Specs of hardware known to me: http://www.powerspec.com/systems/system_specs.phtml?sel...
My motherboard: http://www.powerspec.com/systems/system_components.phtm...
Please somebody help me find compatible upgrades to graphics and run speed for gaming.


You have reasonably good components except for no graphics card and a power supply that the makers should be jailed!

You need a new power supply and a new graphics card. Budget and country is needed.
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February 16, 2013 11:00:39 PM

jnkweaver said:
You have reasonably good components except for no graphics card and a power supply that the makers should be jailed!

You need a new power supply and a new graphics card. Budget and country is needed.



Budget is around 500 and I live in US
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February 16, 2013 11:31:51 PM

Guywhoneedshelp said:
Budget is around 500 and I live in US


Ok that's a good budget. One more hard question. Open the case and measure from the back edge along where the graphics card would go to the first obstruction. How long can the card be? Do it powered down.
February 16, 2013 11:53:32 PM

jnkweaver said:
Ok that's a good budget. One more hard question. Open the case and measure from the back edge along where the graphics card would go to the first obstruction. How long can the card be? Do it powered down.


Can I get back to you on that one? I won't be able to till some time later or tomorrow.
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February 16, 2013 11:59:27 PM

Guywhoneedshelp said:
Can I get back to you on that one? I won't be able to till some time later or tomorrow.


Sure. Just want to make sure the card can fit.
February 17, 2013 4:22:44 PM

jnkweaver said:
Sure. Just want to make sure the card can fit.


I took a picture of it. My motherboard is about 7 inches across.

http://i.imgur.com/b5wVP1b.jpg?1?7602

I think that card is hooked to my wifi because that's what the cords leads to. Correct me if I'm wrong.
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February 17, 2013 7:57:01 PM

Guywhoneedshelp said:
I took a picture of it. My motherboard is about 7 inches across.

http://i.imgur.com/b5wVP1b.jpg?1?7602

I think that card is hooked to my wifi because that's what the cords leads to. Correct me if I'm wrong.



The slot the card would go in is the long black one. Measure from the metal of the back of the case, along that slot, across the motherboard, until you hit an obstruction, usually a harddrive cage. That is the length the card could be going into the case.
February 17, 2013 10:59:01 PM

jnkweaver said:
The slot the card would go in is the long black one. Measure from the metal of the back of the case, along that slot, across the motherboard, until you hit an obstruction, usually a harddrive cage. That is the length the card could be going into the case.


Ok so I actually took a trip to Microcenter today and I Got a new 700 watt power supply and an nvidia geforce 660Ti graphics card. I spent Some time screwing and placing until I finally got it. So far everything works and nothing bad is happening so I believe I did it right.

Thank you, you have been a big help to me and if I have any problems I'll be back. I'm so excited!
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February 17, 2013 11:12:10 PM

Guywhoneedshelp said:
Ok so I actually took a trip to Microcenter today and I Got a new 700 watt power supply and an nvidia geforce 660Ti graphics card. I spent Some time screwing and placing until I finally got it. So far everything works and nothing bad is happening so I believe I did it right.

Thank you, you have been a big help to me and if I have any problems I'll be back. I'm so excited!



Sounds great good luck.
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