Updating a graphics card

Posted by / 24-Oct-2019 18:26

For AMD processors, head over to Wikipedia, where you can quickly find the release dates for all the FX series CPUs; APUs like the A8-3870K are in a separate APU list.The tricky part is in figuring out how old a system is 'too old' to warrant upgrading your graphics card.Pull out a tape measure and see how much room you have—or if you're upgrading from an existing graphics card, just measure that.Most graphics cards are around 10 inches long at most, but some custom models with the triple-fan coolers from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Zotac, and others can be up to 12.5 inches long.A quick rule of thumb is that you should have twice as much system memory as your graphics card has VRAM, so a 4GB graphics card means you'd want 8GB or more system memory, and an 8GB card ideally would have 16GB of system memory.There's technically nothing stopping you from using an 8GB card with 8GB of RAM, though.Before you start getting ready for a new graphics card, the first thing you should do is check your base hardware.If you don't know much about computer hardware, download CPU-Z and run that, and you'll get a screen that looks like this: You can see what CPU you're using, the motherboard, amount of system memory, and other details, which are all useful things.

Mostly, that means having enough 8-pin or 6-pin connectors for your graphics card.

BLZBNTAGT000009D2 The Blizzard Agent detected that one or more system components do not meet system requirements.

dusty old PC isn't up to snuff, giving you a slideshow rather than a smooth experience.

Shorter ‘mini-ITX’ models of many GPUs are available for smaller cases.

For cooling, if you only have one or two small case fans, a blower-style graphics card is generally a better idea than an open-air cooler.

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If you're using an Intel processor, head over to Intel's ARK and type in the processor name, and that will tell you when your processor came out.