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    Question Upgrading Graphics Card

    Hello, my son's Gaming PC (also our media server) is not coping with some of the newer games.

    I was looking at replacing the whole box - say around $2300 models but when i compare the specs of his current PC versus the boxes - the specs all seem quite similar except the graphics card

    His current graphics card is a Geforce GTX 1070 - looking at replacing it with a Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER. ($about $869)

    The next bit is where i need help please;

    1) is it easy to physically swap out the cards (me or someone who is not a noob)?
    2) would changing up the graphics card help boost game performance for a while?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxboy4 View Post
    Hello, my son's Gaming PC (also our media server) is not coping with some of the newer games.

    I was looking at replacing the whole box - say around $2300 models but when i compare the specs of his current PC versus the boxes - the specs all seem quite similar except the graphics card

    His current graphics card is a Geforce GTX 1070 - looking at replacing it with a Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER. ($about $869)

    The next bit is where i need help please;

    1) is it easy to physically swap out the cards (me or someone who is not a noob)?
    2) would changing up the graphics card help boost game performance for a whil

    Thanks in advance.
    The answer to both questions is yes. Assuming you have a conventional sized PC. There are You tube videos on how to go about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliveM View Post
    The answer to both questions is yes. Assuming you have a conventional sized PC. There are You tube videos on how to go about it.
    Cheers - yep, got a big case - prob too big. - thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxboy4 View Post

    1) is it easy to physically swap out the cards (me or someone who is not a noob)?
    2) would changing up the graphics card help boost game performance for a while?

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    Yes. The graphics card is the single most important component for gaming.

    Buy the best you can afford. If this years card is too much, buy last years high end card.

    Check the power supply requirement, if it's a big jump, you may need more power...although if it was gaming capable to start with, probably not.

    https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...rchy,4388.html

    Scroll down, cards are ranked best to worst. Each line...

    The first few will be expensive, but next down should be reasonable.
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    Default Re: Upgrading Graphics Card

    While the graphics card is the more important part, you might want to post the specs of the machine you have and what games they are having problems with, as dropping a great card in may not help if there is another bottleneck
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    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Yes.
    Yes. The graphics card is the single most important component for gaming.

    Buy the best you can afford. If this years card is too much, buy last years high end card.

    Check the power supply requirement, if it's a big jump, you may need more power...although if it was gaming capable to start with, probably not.

    https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews...rchy,4388.html

    Scroll down, cards are ranked best to worst. Each line...

    The first few will be expensive, but next down should be reasonable.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Upgrading Graphics Card

    What are the current specs of the computer?

    The new nVidia 3xxx and AMD BigNAVI cards are due out in September (maybe) which could mean the current 2xxx series (in particular) will see a price drop so you could see yourself getting a 2080 series for $800. The same could be said for BigNAVI IF AMD manage to deliver something that is actually competitive with nVidia...

    A lot of variables and most of the time its about spend now or wait... if you're willing to drop $800+ on a GPU now then I'd be inclined to go with a 2070 instead again the caveat would be if 3xxx or BigNAVI are as good as we hope then you'd be better off waiting (from a dollar vs performance point).

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    Yes post your specs and the games and the resolution you play at. Hard to give advice in a Vacuum.

    The 2060 super is a definite upgrade, but maybe not enough of one to be worth it. Next year you may be right back where you are now. I'd suggest going up a notch to a 2070 super, assuming the rest of your PC is ok or if AMD is an option the 5700XT is a good price/$ option
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    Also side note, I also game on a 1070 and so far have not had an issue with it.
    Ryzen 2700X, 16Gb DDR4RAM, 512GB M.2 NVME SSD, MSI GTX1070

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    Default Re: Upgrading Graphics Card

    Might also be a good idea to list the games your system cant seem to cope with .
    And the res you play them

    No point upgrading for minecraft

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