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 Post subject: Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:43 am 
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I have a biostar 880g+ motherboard with 8 gigs of 1333 mhz ram and a Phenom II X4 925 processor but I have a old GeForce GTS 250 graphics card.

I was wondering if a ZOTAC Geforce GT 630 4gb would be a good option for my upgrade? I am on a budget of $100 and my board only supports 2.0 PCI-E.
Also will a PCI-E 3.0 port work with a 2.0 graphics card?


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 Post subject: Re: Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 5:41 pm 
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Far as i know 3.0 is good with 2.0 in backwards compatibility. However if your budgets that small might look into saving up if your PSU can handle it or you can afford a slightly beefier one. Can you give us a full set of specs on your build?


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 Post subject: Re: Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 7:32 pm 
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Though the 250 is long in the tooth, moving to the 630 would probably be a step back. Check out this comparison.

Now. Move up the the GeForce 750 and you have a more compelling story. Of course, the new 750 Ti would be even better, but you're at $150.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 27, 2014 5:44 pm 
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If you can come up with just a few more $$$ you can get a Radeon R7 260 which is a considerable upgrade for $110 before rebate http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6814127780

Technical comparison to GTS250 http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R7-260-v ... ce-GTS-250
Anandtech review of the R7 265 & R7 260 http://www.anandtech.com/show/7754/the- ... phire-asus

Unfortunately, nothing in the AMD or Nvidia camps below the $100 mark will give you what you might expect from a 4 generation upgrade, though AMD does have the Radeon R7 250 which is a mild upgrade starting at about $80 and seems to be about on par with the GTX-650 in performance, while using considerably less power than the GTS 250.


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 Post subject: Re: Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 01, 2014 4:48 pm 
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chaosdsm wrote:
....nothing in the AMD or Nvidia camps below the $100 mark will give you what you might expect from a 4 generation upgrade, though AMD does have the Radeon R7 250 which is a mild upgrade starting at about $80 and seems to be about on par with the GTX-650 in performance, while using considerably less power than the GTS 250.

What he said. Until you have a couple of hundred to spend of a GTX760 or whatever the next performance per dollar bargain is, stick with the GTS250. Anything you are looking at now is either slower or not worth the money in performance gain. And I agree with you your GPU is currently the bottleneck on your PC.


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 Post subject: Re: Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:18 am 
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FascistNation wrote:
What he said. Until you have a couple of hundred to spend of a GTX760 or whatever the next performance per dollar bargain is, stick with the GTS250. Anything you are looking at now is either slower or not worth the money in performance gain. And I agree with you your GPU is currently the bottleneck on your PC.


Well, won't running the gts250 prevent you from playing newer games that use the latest directX version? He didn't really say he games but that could be one reason for the upgrade.


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 Post subject: Re: Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:54 am 
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DirectX compatibility is only a concern if the game requires it. Most games still run a DX9 path, but an increasing amount requires DX10.


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 Post subject: Re: Do I need to upgrade my graphics card?
PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:01 pm 
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If you have another 50-60$ to spare the EVGA GTX 750 series cards are awesome.

There is a FTW ACX edition for $189 USD direct from EVGA.com

A PCIE 3.0 card will work in a PCIE 2.0 slot.


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