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2018/02/12 15:56:49 (permalink)
My kids would like me to upgrade the card on their second PC. The “good” PC has a GTX 950 that costs $169 at the time (Oct. 2015). I thought I’d just but s new one but they seem to be selling for over $500! What’s up with that? What can I get that’s just as good but in the $150 range?
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    repo1979
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/12 16:03:19 (permalink)
    Prices are high with the production going from gddr5x to gddr6 and with non gamers buying cards up faster then stock can come in. I would at least go to a 1060 card but its 349.99, they have a diy where you get a case, psu and gpu as a bundle and they discount it as well. Best shot right now at getting a card unless you wanna wait and see what the next few months hold

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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/12 16:03:45 (permalink)
    What games do they play that the current card cant play well?
     

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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/12 16:07:39 (permalink)
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/12 16:31:26 (permalink)
    I would recommend waiting a couple months. This is probably the worst time to buy a video card. Stock is depleted, prices are excessive, and new options will be released soon.
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/12 16:37:43 (permalink)
    Very true but prices on the new cards could be just as high and low stock as well until things balance out

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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/12 16:45:46 (permalink)
    Time will tell. I generally think more option is better than less option.
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/12 18:52:48 (permalink)
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    What games do they play that the current card cant play well?
     


    Everything plays well on the good PC. They play Fallout 4, Skyrim. Rocket league. They want to play those on the second PC but they won’t play because that one only has the mother board graphics.

    I bought the 950 in 2015. How is it that it is an expensive card today? I’m not used to PC hardware going up in price years later. If I want to buy something today, what would be the best value card?
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/13 05:46:04 (permalink)
    B stock had some 1050s this morning.


           
           
           
     
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/13 06:01:30 (permalink)
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    If I want to buy something today, what would be the best value card?


    That's the wrong question. Your question would be easier to answer if stock wasn't depleted, but it is depleted. I would say GTX 1060 normally, but now I can't say GTX 1060 since that would encourage you to buy a GTX 1060 for $700.

    Instead, the answer is: look for any video card that is available, find ones which aren't grossly inflated over MSRP, and then make a purchase decision.

    A Bstock 1050 sounds decent and may get you by for the time being. It's not much of an upgrade from a GTX 950, though.

    https://www.evga.com/prod...aspx?pn=02G-P4-6150-RX

    Also check: https://www.nowinstock.ne...ers/videocards/nvidia/
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/13 06:34:26 (permalink)
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    What games do they play that the current card cant play well?
     


    Everything plays well on the good PC. They play Fallout 4, Skyrim. Rocket league. They want to play those on the second PC but they won’t play because that one only has the mother board graphics.

    I bought the 950 in 2015. How is it that it is an expensive card today? I’m not used to PC hardware going up in price years later. If I want to buy something today, what would be the best value card?

    because they are hard to find, supply and demand laws. if you can find a 1050 it would be a smidge better than the 950 ( and worlds better than the IGP on the cpu )but finding one that is not over priced right now is the hard part, buy only from trusted sources, with the insanity going on now there are some shady cards out there. b-stock may be your best option, you only get a 1yr warranty but i have had good luck with them.

                                   
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/13 13:49:21 (permalink)
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    What games do they play that the current card cant play well?

    Everything plays well on the good PC. They play Fallout 4, Skyrim. Rocket league. They want to play those on the second PC but they won’t play because that one only has the mother board graphics.
    I bought the 950 in 2015. How is it that it is an expensive card today? I’m not used to PC hardware going up in price years later. If I want to buy something today, what would be the best value card?

    because they are hard to find, supply and demand laws. if you can find a 1050 it would be a smidge better than the 950 ( and worlds better than the IGP on the cpu )but finding one that is not over priced right now is the hard part, buy only from trusted sources, with the insanity going on now there are some shady cards out there. b-stock may be your best option, you only get a 1yr warranty but i have had good luck with them.



    +1
    No reason to get an older card, when the next gen is already out, and has been for a long while. And the performance is either the same or better.
    1050 would be the way to go.

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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/13 14:12:48 (permalink)
    I agree that if you can find a GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti for a decent price (less than $175) it would be good for what you want. I would highly suggest that you make sure the PC you want to upgrade from on board graphics to a dedicated gpu is actually ready to support it.
    Is the power supply big enough?
    Do you need a GPU without a pci-e power connector?
    Is the CPU powerful enough to run the games you want to play? Does the system have enough ram to run the games?



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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/13 21:43:16 (permalink)
    I decided to get the B-stock 1050 recommended above. The PC should handle it. It has 16 gigs ram and an Intel i3 4130 processor running 64 bit windows 10. And yes, it does have a pci Express x16 (gen3) slot. The power supply is 300wt which I know is the minimum, but I think it will work. If not I can upgrade that fairly easily. 
     
    Thank you, everyone. I'll let you know how the upgrade goes. 
     
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/14 06:09:12 (permalink)
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    I decided to get the B-stock 1050 recommended above. The PC should handle it. It has 16 gigs ram and an Intel i3 4130 processor running 64 bit windows 10. And yes, it does have a pci Express x16 (gen3) slot. The power supply is 300wt which I know is the minimum, but I think it will work. If not I can upgrade that fairly easily. 
     
    Thank you, everyone. I'll let you know how the upgrade goes. 
     
    I've put the OS on a Solid state drive 

     
    Congrats on the upgrade! Sounds like a solid choice.



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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/14 21:50:00 (permalink)
    While we’re at it. What processor would be the best bang for buck upgrade for my HP 500-267? It has a 1150 socket and can take up to a Haswell i7 4790s. Seems like an i5 somewhere would be about right for $400 but I don’t know if the MB can benefit from everything more advance CPUs have to offer. Plus I doubt I’d see much difference, would I? It currently has an i3 4130
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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/15 06:55:42 (permalink)
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    While we’re at it. What processor would be the best bang for buck upgrade for my HP 500-267? It has a 1150 socket and can take up to a Haswell i7 4790s. Seems like an i5 somewhere would be about right for $400 but I don’t know if the MB can benefit from everything more advance CPUs have to offer. Plus I doubt I’d see much difference, would I? It currently has an i3 4130


    Unfortunately your stuck with an intel socket that was single generation on an oem motherboard that's going to be difficult to verify comparability. That being said though any CPU in the Haswell line that is the same tdp or lower should theoretically work. I'd say a safe upgrade would be something like an i5-4690S or i7-4790S should be fine. Finding those parts for a price you want to pay may be fairly difficult though. A quick ebay search shows the i5-4690s for about $130. Again though unless you can find an actual hardware compatibility list proceed at your own risk.



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    Re: GTX 950 replacement 2018/02/15 16:06:22 (permalink)
    Agreed.
    I5 would be tops I would put in an oem system like that, and you really dont need an i7 anyway to run that 1050.
    Just make sure you actually CAN upgrade the psu in that system though, as hp is notorious for using proprietary wiring.
    Also, make sure the stock cooler can handle the heat of an i5, as hp also uses their own cooler pins that wont work on any cooler but an hp one. Usually you can just get a higher cfm fan to blow across it though, and it should be good.

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