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Posted 12/27/2020 01:44 (#8700019 - in reply to #8697017)
Subject: What I recommend

Depending on how much you want to spend:(sorry for the paragraph and ramble again)

1. Either a newer system or build a newer system. The 2000 series was good for its day but for gaming, I think the 2600 will bottleneck the graphics card or come close to it, it may not though but they are on the 11000 series now, so 10 years is alot. For upgrading the current one:

2. If you want to keep the current machine, you will need a new or bigger PSU, as while I'm sure you could run a cheap or older card off of it(with varying results or varying amounts of adapters and splitters) anything with staying power will need a bigger power supply.

3. What I would recommend:

New bigger PSU, something from EVGA or Corsair as they are considered the "top" names in PSU, although they don't make them themselves(I believe it is someone like "seasonic" or "superflower" or someone like that) I suggest new and a reputable brand(like evga or corsair)as if the PSU goes it may kill the other parts. Also make sure it has an "80+" rating. Depending on what graphics card you chose, I suggest something like this one: lower end but would give you plenty of room to grow and is reasonably priced.

Atleast double your ram if you are still running the stock 4. For this you will have to find the model on your current stick and type that into Ebay or Amazon (or other sites you place your trust in) and hopefully someone is still selling it, as most of the time you need eaxact or close models for it to work. You probably have two or four ram slots, check before you buy. This also may be an area where your current motherboard limits you, some OEM boards limit you to 8 or 16, even though it says you have 64 bit windows. I would safely assume it should support atleast 8.

Find something like a 980 or 980TI on Ebay, used or NIB. You can get these for around $80- $200 depending on if you want to sit and wait on auctions or want it here tomorrow morning. Preferably you would want a TI model of an 980 or newer series. I haven't said anything about the newer models as the 1000 series is in demand as the 2000 series is almost an equivalent(for your use anyway) and they cant make the 3000 series fast enough and people want to upgrade now so the 1k, 2k, and 3k series are inflated. AMD graphics cards...(up until this generation, which is having the same problem as Nvidia, cant make then fast enough as they are equivalent to their 3k series) like power and they took on the motto of "we like low and mid range" for whatever reason and as a result their mid range has become bottomed end of the used market. this is your current setup, ignore the ram, HDD, optical drive, and PSU models as I cant seem to find the exact models you have(so I used similar ones), but that will give you a good estimate on how much power you draw, about 120. You can play around with that site if you wish, but you will probably need to either remove the 200w PSU to find any graphics card that isn't the bottom end models.

As a disclaimer/psa(I guess you could call it) my entire PC is an "Ebay mutt". All of the following parts came from ebay used unless noted otherwise: i7-5930K, Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler(new from Amazon), Asus rampage V 10th edition motherboard, Nvidia GTX 980 Reference design GPU, Gigabyte Windforce GTX 980(new in box on a "make an offer" listing . I offered $100 with shipping and got it, they run in "SLI" which splits the load between the two cards(the AMD equivalent is called "CrossFire"), your motherboard probably will not support it), EVGA 1600 Watt P2 rated PSU(new from Amazon on black Friday for $300), 2 WD 1TB black HDD, 4 HGST/Hitachi Ultrastar 3TB drives(+ plus a dumb amount sitting on a table full), 1 500gb WD blue HDD(salvaged from an old laptop, full of pictures) 1 1tb Samsung HDD(again from an old laptop and full) and 1 HGST UltraStar HDD(new from Amazon, black Friday deal), running Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit(Ebay too), all sitting on 3D printed stands as I sold the case i bought off of Ebay as it had really poor airflow(so things got a little warm for my liking), and it's been very reliable. The only times it has not been unreliable is when I've done something self inflicted, like trying to clone a MBR format drive to a GPT format drive. Knock on wood of course.

So used can be reliable, if you think about it, its not really different from buying used equipment, which is the thought that bought me my setup. I was trying to figure out how to afford a new high end setup in school in about 2015, realized that we put more on the line with used equipment and sat on Ebay for about a year to get the main parts and got them cheap.(CPU: $250, MB $180(?), GPU 1: $150, PSU from Amazon: $300, Cooler from Amazon $80) the rest have been from me browsing and submitting "they'll never take that" offers.

So that's my recommendation and why I say to not be afraid of used. Your error though probably comes from the built in GPU being 10 years old and probably an old or no longer updated driver, so a new GPU card would be what you would need, it's just up to you on if you want to spend $10 for a low end one or spend $200 on a PSU, more ram, and an older but still a good powerhouse of a GPU. Sorry for the novel of a post again.

Edited by TheGleaner 12/27/2020 01:55
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