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Adept I
Adept I

Upgrade card assistance?

This board is painfully slow for me, it took 20 minutes to register and get to the point where I can ask a question. So I am going to try to get this done in one shot.

Is there a place with recommended GPU/Graphics card upgrades for specific PC systems?

There used to be. You could go to card manufacturers and they would provide a "configurator" to tell you what is *probably* your best options. I can find the hierarchy for video cards but that doesn't really help.

I want to play video games (i.e., Far Cry Primal.) My current system works but I would like to boost the "rezzing" at higher resolutions (2560 x 1440) on my 32" display. (I have poor eyesight.)

I don't need "bleeding edge" I just want to through the next couple of years before buying a new system.

Any help would be appreciated. Here are my "specs" that someone always asks for (but I would look it up myself if I could find it online...)

Radeon Software Version - 16.6.1

Radeon Software Edition - Crimson

Graphics Chipset - AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

Memory Size - 2048 MB

Memory Type - GDDR5

Core Clock - 1000 MHz

Windows Version - Windows 10 (64 bit)

System Memory - 8 GB

CPU Type - Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz

Graphics Card Manufacturer - Powered by AMD

Graphics Chipset - AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

Device ID - 683D

Vendor ID - 1002

SubSystem ID - 6886

SubSystem Vendor ID - 103C

Revision ID - 00

Bus Type - PCI Express 3.0

Current Bus Settings - PCI Express 3.0 x16

BIOS Version - 015.014.000.004

BIOS Part Number - 113-C4680100-100

BIOS Date - 2012/01/31 01:34

Memory Size - 2048 MB

Memory Type - GDDR5

Memory Clock - 1125 MHz

Core Clock - 1000 MHz

Total Memory Bandwidth - 72 GByte/s

2D Driver File Path - /REGISTRY/MACHINE/SYSTEM/ControlSet001/Control/Class/{4d36e968-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}/0000

Radeon Settings Version - 2016.0602.1651.28487

Driver Packaging Version - 16.20.1025-160602a-303160E

Provider - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

2D Driver Version - 8.1.1.1558

Direct3D® Version - 9.14.10.1197

OpenGL® Version - 6.14.10.13440

OpenCL™ Version - 2.0.6.0

AMD Mantle Version - 9.1.10.123

AMD Mantle API Version - 98309

AMD Audio Driver Version - 10.0.0.3

Vulkan Driver Version - 9.1.0.10.11.0

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OS NameMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
Version10.0.10586 Build 10586
Other OS DescriptionNot Available
OS ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
System NameBASE-HP
System ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
System Modelh8-1240t
System Typex64-based PC
System SKUA5U31AV#ABA
ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/DateAMI 7.09, 3/14/2012
SMBIOS Version2.7
Embedded Controller Version255.255
BIOS ModeUEFI
BaseBoard ManufacturerPEGATRON CORPORATION
BaseBoard ModelNot Available
BaseBoard NameBase Board
Platform RoleDesktop
Secure Boot StateOff
PCR7 ConfigurationBinding Not Possible
Windows DirectoryC:\WINDOWS
System DirectoryC:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device\Device\HarddiskVolume1
LocaleUnited States
Hardware Abstraction LayerVersion = "10.0.10586.420"
Installed Physical Memory (RAM)8.00 GB
Total Physical Memory7.96 GB
Available Physical Memory2.67 GB
Total Virtual Memory10.7 GB
Available Virtual Memory3.34 GB
Page File Space2.75 GB
Page FileC:\pagefile.sys
Hyper-V - VM Monitor Mode ExtensionsYes
Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation ExtensionsYes
Hyper-V - Virtualization Enabled in FirmwareYes
Hyper-V - Data Execution ProtectionYes

OS NameMicrosoft Windows 10 Home
Version10.0.10586 Build 10586
Other OS DescriptionNot Available
OS ManufacturerMicrosoft Corporation
System NameBASE-HP
System ManufacturerHewlett-Packard
System Modelh8-1240t
System Typex64-based PC
System SKUA5U31AV#ABA
ProcessorIntel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz, 3401 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
BIOS Version/DateAMI 7.09, 3/14/2012
SMBIOS Version2.7
Embedded Controller Version255.255
BIOS ModeUEFI
BaseBoard ManufacturerPEGATRON CORPORATION
BaseBoard ModelNot Available
BaseBoard NameBase Board
Platform RoleDesktop
Secure Boot StateOff
PCR7 ConfigurationBinding Not Possible
Windows DirectoryC:\WINDOWS
System DirectoryC:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device\Device\HarddiskVolume1
LocaleUnited States
Hardware Abstraction LayerVersion = "10.0.10586.420"
User NameBase-HP\Base
Time ZonePacific Daylight Time
Installed Physical Memory (RAM)8.00 GB
Total Physical Memory7.96 GB
Available Physical Memory2.67 GB
Total Virtual Memory10.7 GB
Available Virtual Memory3.34 GB
Page File Space2.75 GB
Page FileC:\pagefile.sys
Hyper-V - VM Monitor Mode ExtensionsYes
Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation ExtensionsYes
Hyper-V - Virtualization Enabled in FirmwareYes
Hyper-V - Data Execution ProtectionYes
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Community Manager
Community Manager

Re: Upgrade card assistance?

A RX 480 would be a significant upgrade for you and should offer good 1440P performance in Far Cry Primal.

What Power Supply are you using?

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Challenger
Challenger

Re: Upgrade card assistance?

But before you upgrade to the RX480 you should google it and see what kind of issue's it has. Or read through this forum.

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Adept I
Adept I

Re: Upgrade card assistance?

Well, I can find better cards, I'm looking for compatibility.

I think my 7.09 AMI BIOS closes me out of a lot of upgrades.

I have a 460W power supply (300W was the basic option.)

If I have to replace the GPU AND the power supply I'll just get a new computer. I have been building my own computers since 1976 but I no longer have the eyesight or manual dexterity required and it doesn't appear to be cost effective anyway.

p.s. The boards were much faster today.

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Challenger
Challenger

Re: Upgrade card assistance?

Yea, your PSU is going to limit what's available to you. But that's the only compatabilty problem I can see your running into. PCI-E version is backward compatible but it looks like your running 3.0 x16 now so you should be ok there. If you do decide to upgrade your PSU don't cheap out.