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Is it worth upgrading my GFX card in this situation?

Q: Is it worth upgrading my GFX card in this situation?

My current spec is:

Intel Core duo 2 quad @ 2.4 GHz
305w psu
AMD 7770 gfx card
4 GB ddr2 ram
64 bit win 7 home prem.

I mostly play WoW and other mmo's... I rarely (and wouldnt be too bothered if I couldn't play them till next upgrade) play games with super high requirements like battlefield, gta etc and have the option to upgrade my graphics card to a 750 ti tomorrow (can get a new psu if needed).

or should I wait till next week and get a I5 + new motherboard and ram + keep my gfx card... link to exact model -

How would gaming be on a machine with the specs of:

Intel core duo 2 quad 2.4 GHZ
GTX 750 TI
4GB ddr2 ram
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i need some advice,

is it worth upgrading my nvidia geforce 6600gt 128mb agp card to this:

till i can afford to get a pci setup in about 6 months?

my specs:
ANTEC P180 case
ASUS a7n8x-e deluxe motherboard
AMD athlon XP 3200+ processor
2gb memory
550W psu

Few questions:
will i get a significant boost in graphics/performance to justify spending 130?
will it run ok on my system?
will it fit in my case?
will i need any extra cooling fans to run it?

would be grateful for any advice.

A:Is it worth upgrading my agp card?

well your psu will suffice and this is a nice card, i would say you would see some performance improvements, but im not sure to justify 130 (euros is it?) sorry im in the us or i would reccommend you some cheaper cards, but this looks pretty good for your setup. dont take it just from me stick around and see what others say, im somewhat stuck to ati so im not going to reccomend an nZvidia card right away...
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A:Worth upgrading graphics card?

I think you might be OK with performance even with a HD6870 or 1GB GTX460. I'll leave others to let you know the difference between your current GPU and the above two though.

What PSU do you have, and what wattage is it?
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A:Worth upgrading Wifi Card?

Could be the card, the cards antenna, or it's location in the laptop. The only real way to know if another will work better is to try.
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A:Is it worth upgrading my video/graphics card?

Most laptops come with a built in Video card that cannot be change.....Your best bet would be to as you say is saving up for a laptop with a better Video card or better still buying a Desktop which you can upgrade easily.
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Do you guys think I should? Or not risk it on this older machine?


A:Is my computer worth upgrading the video card?

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will I also be able to have max multisample

thanks guys

With this settings I can get 60fps when alone questing with low ground radius and low view distance and low shadow, the rest can go max, but multisampling just on x2 makes it really slow

If not which one is recommended for a more independent gpu experience. my wow runs fairly well with max textures at what I have now, will the improvement be worth?

A:Gigabyte GTX 750 Ti, is it worth getting under my situation?

Did you buy your PC as a whole unit or did you build it (or have it built)? Are you running a 32 bit or 64 bit Operating System? What is your wattage rating on the Power Supply? If this was a computer you bought, what is the Make and Model?
Just trying to get more information about your current computer so we can make a better judgment. I could say that yes the card would better your performance, but I would also suggest other things first. Like adding more RAM (2GB is just not enough for modern games). Possibly replacing the CPU with one that is better suited for your needs (if the motherboard can handle it). Also with adding a Video card of that class, you will most likely have to replace the power supply, depending on what it is rated.
But I'm getting ahead of myself, lets get more information from you to start.
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A:Is it worth upgrading to 64-bit OS?

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A:Is This Worth Upgrading

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A:Worth upgrading CPU?

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A:Is it worth upgrading?


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i remember wanting to say something else but i cant think of it right now, so i will edit it in later.

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A:is upgrading to 4 gig ram worth it?

Quote: Originally Posted by kueldood

currently im using a 2gig ram (1.74 usable).
and i just wanted to reduce the lag on my games.

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i remember wanting to say something else but i cant think of it right now, so i will edit it in later.
thank you,
Aidan McHendry

Hi Aidan

Laptops are somewhat harder than desktops. If you are handy they still can be done. Go to the computer mfr and find the instructions for taking apart your lappy.

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Originally Posted by Impulse Fire911

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A single HD 4870 will give you good performance at that resolution. For more power, the GTX 280 is the next best choice.
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Welcome to the forum!
My advise would be to upgarde to 3GB RAM, install an SSD and put a 32bits Win7 on it. You won't recognize your machine anymore in terms of speed.
This is done rather easy, you already upgraded RAM once and swapping the hard drive it's even easier. Check the details in the hardware maintenance manual (HMM) which you can download from here: click me!
Check page 58 to see instructions how to replace a hard drive (page number printed in the pages, not the page number of your pdf viewer)
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Yes it would be worth upgrading, you have until July 2016 to do the upgrade.
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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
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Almost every piece of software I have from XP / Vista works fine in 7. I found Vista to be serviceable but very bloated. 7 is zippier and overall improved. I say go for it! Do it now rather than after you've got your programs all settled in. Less upheaval that way.
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Welcome to Lenovo Community.
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A:Buying new computer, worth upgrading mobo?

1394A is for Firewire 400 connectors, and absolutely nothing to do with your video card.

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A:Is it worth Upgrading my GTX 550tI + bUNCH Of Other questions too :D

First off welcome to SF. Maybe it's just me and a generational thing but I couldn't even read much less understand your first paragraph. Moving to the 550 gpu in my humble opinion I would continue to save and to upgrade over your current card I would expect to drop closer to 200 usd for a 2 or 3 gb premium gpu on sale.
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The ram issue is interesting and for the cost of the OS I would hold off and either pull half, leave it in and possibly see if you can set up a ram drive with half of it? My logic is no game will ever tax that much or even half that much ram, likely wouldn't even tax a forth of it. If you are video/audio editing, cad rendering then yes 32 and a OS upgrade when you can afford it.

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Quote: Originally Posted by unoplayer

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A:Graphics Card Situation on Dell Laptop

While at 3670 isn't great, its not horrible... Saddly you have no upgrade options really. 90% of laptops have the gpu built/soddered on to the mainboard.

Have you monitored you gpu temperature? I like using hwmonitor to watch things as it shows everything at once.

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A:Worth it to upgrade my AGP card?

From here:

1 x AGP8X/4X slot, 1.5VClick to expand...

No it is not worth updating your AGP Video Card
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There is a big error there. You can only have 1 type of video card. Or bottlenecking may occur. You can't have a Nvidia Gtx 550ti and a Nvidia GT 960ti.

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