Graphics Card How Good Does My System Need To Be?

By JeromeB ยท 9 replies
Aug 12, 2014
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  1. My System Specs

    OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    Version 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601
    Other OS Description Not Available
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Manufacturer MSI
    System Model MS-7641
    System Type x64-based PC
    Processor AMD FX(tm)-4170 Quad-Core Processor, 4200 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date American Megatrends Inc. V17.10, 10/08/2012
    SMBIOS Version 2.6
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 8.00 GB
    Total Physical Memory 7.98 GB
    Available Physical Memory 4.32 GB
    Total Virtual Memory 16.0 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 11.4 GB
    Page File Space 7.98 GB

    I would like to get this graphics card - Graphics, TV Tuners and I/O - Graphics will my system be able to handle this?
  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,480   +973

    While it can handle it, it will be greatly bottlenecked by the CPU. Also, we need to make sure your PSU can handle it, so if you can post your full system specs including the PSU, HDD, motherboard,etc., that would great.

    You can probably upgrade the CPU to an 8350 since it uses the same socket. But you may need to apply a BIOS update. BUT, before we get ahead of ourselves, please post full system specs like said above. Thanks.
  3. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,151   +588

    I would not waste the money on that card because unless you doing some level of professional work I would say your money would be wasted. I would suggest saving a buck and grabbing either an R9 290X or a GTX 780 which both would be excellent and provide more than enough performance for your needs based on the rest of your system.
  4. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,480   +973

    Yeah I was gonna say that but first we need to determine what PSU he has and he needs an upgraded CPU since it will bottleneck.
  5. JeromeB

    JeromeB TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I understand what you mean GhostRyder but will that graphics card with my system ultimately be able to run Battlefield 4 Ultra settings?
  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,151   +588

    BF4 Ultra? Well your processor is a bit on the low side but you would be able to run BF4 ultra settings just do not expect constant 60FPS.
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    CPU will bottleneck the hell out of that card. Don't be stupid. It's less powerful than an i3.
  8. JeromeB

    JeromeB TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well thanks for the nice and polite response. (n)
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,415   +145

    Titan/z is a compute card you should look into the gtx780Ti, it's a ton cheaper gives the same performance and takes only a little power.

    Unfortunately for you BF4 does tend to use up CPU actually.
  10. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    Yeah, sorry, there wasnt much reason for me to be so rude.

    You're about to plonk down 800 pound on a GPU. You need to reduce that amount, then increase the total amount and plonk down some money on a better CPU too.

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