would a new graphics card help?

category: general [glöplog]
There's also the SA PC Building Thread
added on the 2013-10-09 09:38:18 by bloodnok bloodnok
Answer: yes.
added on the 2013-10-09 11:41:03 by trc_wm trc_wm
Q: Would new [x] help?

A: yes, if [x] is compatible with the rest of the rig and more performant than the old part, and some other part isn't bottlenecking [x] (such as IDE controller with "too fast" hard drive, or USB2 device on USB1 port).

Completely different question, which the couple links already posted possibly answer is:

Q: What's the most bang for the buck upgrade for this rig?

and the answer is, of course, "depends on what you're going to do with it".. For watching demos, GPUs are more important than harddrive i/o speeds, for instance.
added on the 2013-10-09 14:22:47 by sol_hsa sol_hsa
v3nom: sure. just saying that as all my AMD/ATi stuff caught fire eventually and i dont have that experience with intel/nv. tho i havent bought AMD stuff in the last 5 years for exactly that reason so they might have improved in the spontaneous combustion area :P
maali: i never had any heat problems with my gpus, no matter wether they were ati/amd or nvidia. it may depend on the manufacturer tho.. an asus or sapphire card may be more reliable than powercolor or club3d :P
added on the 2013-10-09 14:41:17 by v3nom v3nom
i would save my money to buy a new configuration next year if i were you.
added on the 2013-10-09 21:07:54 by bull bull
My new PC synthesis is coming soon, I put a GTX 660, I see now it's around 150 pounds. I think it will be more than enough for most of the demos (but fairlight?). I think that even something lower (650,640?) will be quite good personally, especially better than you have. And yes, memory at least 4GBs. But I don't know why some people go crazy with memory and put 16 or something. Do photoshop and other editors take something like 10? My synthesis has 8GB and I think it will be more than enough for my needs.
added on the 2013-10-10 09:09:32 by Optimus Optimus
for fairlight demos you're better off buying high end AMD gpus anyway...
Optimus: I won't say I'm going crazy when i put 16gig ram in my box. it serves my needs quite well. first of all i don't want the ram to be full at any time. swapping performance is shit, but i gotta admit, an ssd could help here. second, my average browser window has 150 - 200 open tabs, on top there comes visual studio, random media players, and sometimes rather memory consuming games like battlefield. i simply don't want to close the browser to open a game or be able to work with VS. I got 16 GB at work as well, but here we have several ides to be open at the same time + virtual machines. For the gtx 660: i have the gtx660 ti and was able to watch pretty much all fairlight demos. 5 faces was a little laggy, but worked well.
added on the 2013-10-10 10:02:02 by skomp skomp