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Upgrading SYX PC with onboard Intel HD graphics

By Kokunai
Oct 12, 2011
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  1. I am looking to upgrade this computer I got from onboard intelHD graphics to a card. I am confused as to which type of card I should get I am looking for 1GB DX11 HDMI. Other than those I have no other specific requirements but I am unsure what card will work with this system. I just don't want to get something that won't work. The model and all that is
    SYX Ascent MPC-30 Intel Core i7 Multimedia PC, in case the specs are not adequate for a determination. Thanks in advance for your replies.

    Here are my specs:

    Operating Systems: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
    Colors: Black
    Platform: PC
    Orientations Allowed: Vertical
    Form Factor: micro-ATX
    Bays: 2 - 5.25" Drive Bays
    Internal Bays: 4 - 3.5" Drive Bays
    PCI Slots (Total): 1
    PCI Slots (Available): 1
    PCI Express X1 Slots (Total): 2
    PCI Express X1 Slots (Available): 2
    PCI Express X16 Slots (Total): 1
    PCI Express X16 Slots (Available): 1
    Memory Type: DDR3
    Total Memory Size: 8GB
    Memory Slots (Total): 2
    Memory Slots (Available): 0
    Memory Configuration: 4GB + 4GB
    Maximum Memory Supported: 8GB
    PS/2 Connectors: 1 - Keyboard/Mouse Combo
    LAN Ports: 1
    USB Ports (Total): 6 (2 Front)
    Processor Brand: Intel
    Processor Class: Second Generation Core i7
    Processor Number: 2600
    Processor Speed: 3.40GHz
    Processor Interface: Socket 1155
    Hard Drives Included: 1
    Interface: SATA II (3.0GB/s)
    Capacity: 1TB
    Hard Drive Types: Hard Disk Drive
    Speed: 7,200RPM
    Optical Drive Type: 24x DVD-RW w/ Lightscribe
    Interface: SATA
    Optical Drives Included: 1
    Optical Drive Class: DVD-RW with Lightscribe
    Supplemental Media Type: Media Reader
    Capacity: 15-in-1
    Audio Description: Integrated Audio
    Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC887
    Channels: 8 Channel
    Graphics Description: Integrated Graphics
    GPU/VPU: Intel HD Graphics 2000
    Video Memory: Dynamically Shared
    Video Interface: DVI HDMI VGA
    LAN Chipset: Realtek 8111E
    LAN Data Transfer Rate: 10/100/1000Mbps
    LAN Description: Integrated Gigabit
    LAN Interface Type: RJ-45
    Mouse Type: Optical
    Connection Type: USB Mouse
    Scrolling Capability: Yes
    Keyboard Type: Multimedia
    Connection Type: USB Keyboard
    Height: 14.5"
    Width: 7.25"
    Depth: 17.5"

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  2. DKRON

    DKRON TS Enthusiast Posts: 559   +11

    really need to know what case you have because dimentions will be a problem with most of the new graphic cards
  3. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    What do you want the card for, what power supply do you have, and what's your budget?
  4. Kokunai

    Kokunai TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I will be getting a namebrand 850 watt, haven't decided which yet. Budget really isn't an issue but I'm not looking for top of the line. The onboard I have can't do DX11 which is my biggest issue. $200 range is good. The case dimensions are listed at the bottom of the list in my first post.
  5. DKRON

    DKRON TS Enthusiast Posts: 559   +11

    yea but the outside dimentions are completely different to how much room is inside the case for a graphics card
  6. Kokunai

    Kokunai TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Oh I see...sorry for the misunderstanding. I don't have the measurements but there is quite a bit of room in there around the pci/pci-e slots. As in more than just a few inches. Looks like 4 on eace side of the slot and 6-7 deep going to the slot. That's for both slots as long as something isn't in both slots. If a picture would help I can do that too I suppose.
  7. DKRON

    DKRON TS Enthusiast Posts: 559   +11

    all i need it the type of case so i can look it up
  8. Kokunai

    Kokunai TS Rookie Topic Starter

    where would I find the name. It's SYX systemax prebuilt no idea what case it uses. And, I can't find a name on it. There is a SYX model number if that will help SYX-H61M-E23
  9. DKRON

    DKRON TS Enthusiast Posts: 559   +11

    oh yea sorry forgot you got it custom built, maybe take a picture of it if you can, the cheapest and smallest card that supports DX11 is VTX3D Radeon HD5450 1GB which should fit, might even be able to squese in a HD6450 or HD6470, they won't play new games on high settings though
  10. Kokunai

    Kokunai TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Are there any issues I should know about moving from onboard to a seperate card? People seemed to have not been using onboard for a while then they popped up again, why I don't know, and I got it for cheap with plans to upgrade.
  11. DKRON

    DKRON TS Enthusiast Posts: 559   +11

    not with those basic cards, the power use will be low so i would say a 450w will be ample to power them, you just plug the html into the graphics card once you install it and put in the cd and install all the drivers and it will work fine
     
  12. Kokunai

    Kokunai TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your help. One last question, On the cards you mentioned will they run most games for a few years in your opinion or should I seek a better card? Most games I play on my comp are Civ V and a few RTS's but they are older ones. It's just DX11 doesn't work for the one new game I have which is Shogun 2 EDIT: oh and Civ V only runs in DX 9 as well
  13. DKRON

    DKRON TS Enthusiast Posts: 559   +11

    as long as u don't mind running them on medium graphics without anti analizing or any special extra graphic settings, older games will run fine but you might have to spend alittle time finding a good setting for newer games to keep the framerate constant.
  14. Kokunai

    Kokunai TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, and thanks again for your help. I've been shopping around and wasn't sure about the compatible cards, you've helped a lot.
  15. DKRON

    DKRON TS Enthusiast Posts: 559   +11

    ok when you choose a card you can post it on here and i will double check it for you


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