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Discussion in 'Gaming (Software and Graphics Cards)' started by JRE84, May 9, 2018.

  1. OverTallman

    OverTallman Notebook Evangelist

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    Hmm... a single core K8 with an AM2 motherboard, it may even bottleneck a GT 710, but if you can get a used one for cheap then go for it. Note that GT 710 is twice as powerful as HD 6450 or HD 7450.

    If the motherboard supports AM2+ processors then I can say it has good potential. Otherwise you're limited to dual core Athlon.

    1.5GB RAM is enough for an retro gaming desktop running XP, though I'd recommend upping the 512MB stick to 1GB so the memory will fully run in dual channel mode. I'd recommend 4GB or more for later Windows versions however.
     
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    Good call on the 6450 vs 710, didn't realize the gap was that wide, even with the 710 having GDDR3 vs GDDR5 on a 6450 it's faster. If you really want to attempt 1080p gaming you're probably going to have to step up to a 1030 with GDDR5. It's still going to be a stretch. It's a Pascal chip so you'll have good driver support going forward as nVidia has EOL'd Fermi so Kepler might be coming next year..(710/730 are Kepler).

    tl:dr; Get a 730 or 1030. Make sure whichever one you get it has GDDR5 not (G)DDR3. 1030 preferably it would probably be able to eek out 1080p sometimes and take some load off the CPU.

    Definitely +1 on the upping system RAM to 4GB.
     
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    ok so i can geta 2gb stick for 50 thats 100 for 4gb
    i can get a 1030 for 120 so im looking at 240 after tax and you guys positive my cpu wont bottleneck
     
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    As I said, your processor will bottleneck a GT 710, let alone a GT 1030. To be frank, it will bottleneck every new graphics cards in the market, maybe except the GeForce 210. Therefore, unless you upgrade the processor, GT 1030 won't do you any good.

    On a related note, if you can find the motherboard model then I may be able to tell you if your board supports an AM2+ CPU. If so that will open up a lot of decent CPU options like the tri-core or quad-core Phenom. CPU-Z or HWMonitor can help you on this, they're free too.
     
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