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those who are skilled in PC building... any help for a wannabe pc gamer??

#1RobRoy316Posted 9/10/2013 10:34:48 PM
I've got an older ASUS PC that just needs a few tweaks to get it running up to par. When shopping for, lets say, a nicer graphics card, how do I know what is compatible with what?? Should I be safe and just go with the same brand graphics card but higher quality? Or is it quite simple and broad where I can choose almost any card on the market?
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#2SirisS-G-PPosted 9/10/2013 10:38:21 PM
I'm no Expert but if your MoBo has a PCI-E 2,0 or 3,0 slot, you should be able to run any GPU on the market,
#3RobRoy316(Topic Creator)Posted 9/10/2013 10:44:42 PM
SirisS-G-P posted...
I'm no Expert but if your MoBo has a PCI-E 2,0 or 3,0 slot, you should be able to run any GPU on the market,


THANK YOU!! :) Now I just have to crack it open and check it out.
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#4NicodimusPosted 9/10/2013 10:51:28 PM
Another thing to keep in mind when you're shopping for new graphics cards is your power supply. Most modern graphics cards require some combination of 6 and 8-pin power cords which come directly from your power supply in addition to being hooked to the PCIe slot of the motherboard. Each card draws a certain amount of power. It's best to play it safe and have a power supply that has a good amount of power for the card it's feeding. Having extra power ready that isn't used is not a problem. Not having enough will lead to system crashes and instability, or worst case, a PC that won't boot until you unplug the card.
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#5NicodimusPosted 9/10/2013 10:55:12 PM
As far as researching different cards goes, the easiest way to at least narrow it down to a couple of options is to set a budget. If you give us a price range, we can give you some recommendations. People here are sometimes very brand-loyal, but most will give you a choice between two cards, one from each side, given a price range.
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#6Flaktrooper123Posted 9/10/2013 11:35:56 PM
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/gaming-graphics-card-review,3107.html

Keep in mind this is going to be void in about a month's time. The AMD Volcanic Island series is going to change the hierarchy and mess with the price by a great amount. You may want to wait for that if you want a new GPU.