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  Adding a new video card to an older PC. Advise please. 
 
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Gian Schoeman May 14, 2012, 06:16am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi

I have the following setup:

Intel Core Duo E6850 3Ghz
XFX 680i Motherboard
4Gb 800Hz Ram
Sapphire Radeon 5850 1Gb Toxic Edition
Windows 7 64bit

I cannot upgrade my whole machine right now but was wondering if I get a recent video card prefebly with 2Gb or 3Gb ram would that be useful?

Would I see a performance boost or is adding a new video card completely foobar as the rest of my system is older?

Many thanks,
G


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Meats_Of_Evil May 15, 2012, 02:33am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 15, 2012, 02:34am EDT

 
>> Re: Adding a new video card to an older PC. Advise please.
Assuming your PSU can handle a new video card then yes you'll see a performance increase depending on which card you upgrade to. I wouldn't worry much about how much vRam the card has unless your gaming at very high resolutions like 1920x1200 or 2560x1600.

Note that a bottleneck will exist due to your CPU, but even with that you will get a performance increase by upgrading to a better gpu.

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Gian Schoeman Jun 13, 2012, 04:27am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Adding a new video card to an older PC. Advise please.
Hi

So I am wondering if I get a Radeon HD 7970, which I found at a fairly good price, if it will make a difference performance wise as my current motherboard has PCI-e 1 and the card is PCI-3. Will the rest of the machine be a huge bottleneck for this card? I know it is not optimal but I what I don't want is the card performing the same as my current 5850.

Many thanks,
G


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