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Windows 7: Upgrading Graphic card help


29 May 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 
Upgrading Graphic card help

Would this video card go with my PC? Would I need to change my CPU,etc to make my new video card work?

Evga Geforce GTX 760 1085mhz 4GB PCI-express-3.0 hdmi


Specs:-
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q9400 @ 2.66GHz
Memory(RAM): 6.00GB
Graphic Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 1GB
OS: Windows 7


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29 May 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

you wouldnt have to change anything, it would work fine.

the main question is your powersupply, what wattage is it rated to? I think the gtx 760 recommends a 500w or above, but different card makers quote differences.

the weakest link in your pc will become your cpu which will bottleneck the system, but youll still be fine playing games, maybe not at their maximum settings.
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29 May 2014   #3

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM
 
 

There's also no need for the 4GB version if you're using one 1080p monitor, the 2GB version will be plenty.
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29 May 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
There's also no need for the 4GB version if you're using one 1080p monitor, the 2GB version will be plenty.
Thanks boozad, I made a mistake on with 1080p monitor, I actually have a samsung 22" resolution of 1680x1050. So the 2GB will be okay to use for high display settings on games?
Dont want to spend an extra $$ on a 4GB if it is going to be useless on my 1680x1050 monitor.
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29 May 2014   #5

W7 Pro x64 SP1 / W8.1 Pro x64 / W10 Tech Preview x64 VM
 
 

Yeah the 2GB version will be more than enough for that resolution, the 4GB version would be wasted.
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30 May 2014   #6

Win7 Pro 64-bit sp1
 
 

Since the price difference is only $30 I would buy the 4GB version. If you add a 2nd monitor or buy a larger monitor those extra 2GBs will come in handy. To me for 30 bucks it's well worth buying the 4GB 760. YMMV!

I would google "Q9400 and GTX 760" before I bought any of the 700-series GPUs though. It's possible the microarchitecture is so old that it won't saturate a modern GPU. I doubt you'll have any problems because it's a good, quad-core processor, but it's worth looking into before you spend the money.
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