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2019/12/03 10:18:17 (permalink)
I’m Looking for a Video Card to upgrade my current system. Its a little old, but don’t have the money now to do a full blown upgrade. So I want to upgrade to 32gb of ram, and I’m looking at one of the GeForce RTX 2600 Super cards. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Glad to be a member of the community !!!!!
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    Cool GTX
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 10:31:45 (permalink)
    Congrats on your First Post  
     
    Why 32 GB RAM ?  16 GB is usually enough ... just saying if your on a budget [ how much RAM do you currently utilize ?]
     
    RTX 2060 Super should be a nice upgrade ... probably draw less power than your older 680 GPU
     
    What Monitor & resolution do you use ?
     
    System RAM - I usually buy G.Skill - good brand & usually a better price
     
    You may want to consider a New 500 - 512 SSD - some good sales that are budget friendly.  I like Samsung SSD
     
     
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 10:51:33 (permalink)
    Thanks Cool for the reply and the suggestions. I wasn’t locked into the 32 GB upgrade, if it wouldn’t be that much of a benefit moving up to 32, I’d rather spend the money elsewhere, like on a SSD that you mentioned. It’s actually my 12 year olds machine, I’m just looking to help him upgrade it for Christmas and renew an old passion of mine that unfortunately was put on old when family life took over . He’s got 2 monitors, a Benq 144hz 1080p and a Specture 4K. 
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 10:55:49 (permalink)
    These are worth a look


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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 11:52:57 (permalink)
    Thanks for the code and the reads, definitely adds some insight into my situation 
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 12:00:16 (permalink)
    Happy to Help

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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 12:11:42 (permalink)
    My .02 cents would be to skip the memory .  
     
    go for the Super 2060 or the Super 2070  if you can - although I didn't see the budget $$ you were thinking.
     
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 13:04:11 (permalink)
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    My .02 cents would be to skip the memory .  
     
    go for the Super 2060 or the Super 2070  if you can - although I didn't see the budget $$ you were thinking.
     





    looks like I’ll be skipping the memory. I was looking to spend around $400 for the video card, but I can go some what over for something better. Is that super 2060 that you guys recommend out of the model choices on the site ? 
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 14:31:40 (permalink)
    Might be helpful to know your use and habits for the computer. that would help us know what might be the best targeted upgrade for you. Not seeing anything that really jumps out at me as a must have upgrade in those specs. There are some things that you might do though.

    Going with a PCIe adapter card and M.2 NVME for a reaplcement for the Samsung 840. Maybe go with a Samsung 970 EVO or Pro 250GB as a replacement. It'll be a bump up in drive speed from SATA.
     
    I also agree on the video card. It could use an upgrade. Not super important if you're just desktop use though. Depends upon what you do with the computer.
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 14:42:28 (permalink)
    Good Point Brad, I should of included the use in my post. It’s used for gaming (Fortnite, PUBG and most of the newer games), Video / live streaming and some graphic design.
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/03 19:03:36 (permalink)
     
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/04 05:20:20 (permalink)
    In the $400 range, it's hard to not recommend this video card:
    https://www.amazon.com/Sa...Graphics/dp/B07WC7683C

    "Best overall GPU of 2019" according to Gamers Nexus. It's rare that it doesn't outperform the 2060 Super. It doesn't have dedicated hardware ray tracing cores like NVIDIA's RTX line, but since the 2060 Super is so cut down and poor at NVIDIA's RTX Ray Tracing anyway, it's not really a point of contention between the two products.
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/04 05:55:29 (permalink)
    If you go that route, make sure to do a full windows install when moving from NVIDIA over to AMD. Uninstalling the previous drivers doesn't remove everything and some of the previous NVIDIA drivers will conflict with AMD's stuff, causing some odd things like random lock-ups.
     
    The RTX 2070 Super is where AMD can no longer contend with NVIDIA. Here is a nice chart to see how all of the other GPU's stack up to each other:
    https://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_geforce_gtx_1660_super_gaming_x_review,11.html

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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/04 06:11:41 (permalink)
    Getting your hand on 32GB of DDR3 is going to be a bit expensive especially for a dead platform, like $150 new.  Though you might be able to pick some up on ebay for under $75.
     
    Seeing that you have a modular CPU cooling kit, it might be interesting to pick up a GTX 1080 Hydrocopper used to plumb into that.
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/04 07:56:12 (permalink)
    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. As of now I think I’m leaning towards one of the 2060 super cards, now just to pick out of that bunch  I think I’m going to pass on upgrading the memory for now and maybe go with Brad’s suggestion of adding a PCIe adapter card and M.2 NVME for a replacement for the Samsung 840. Any suggestions on a good adapter card ? Research I’ve done so far seems like they are all pretty generic. 
    post edited by curbilly - 2019/12/04 08:23:55
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/07 16:50:42 (permalink)
    Hey Guys, got another question before I pull the trigger on the Video Card, what is your thoughts on going up to 2070 or even the 2080. Is the price increase worth it and if so what version would you go with. Any help would be greatly appreciated before the wife changes her mind lol
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/08 16:16:34 (permalink)
    curbilly
    Hey Guys, got another question before I pull the trigger on the Video Card, what is your thoughts on going up to 2070 or even the 2080. Is the price increase worth it and if so what version would you go with. Any help would be greatly appreciated before the wife changes her mind lol



    This:  https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=08G-P4-2289-KR
     
    Or a 2080S Hydrocopper, or a 2070S or 2080S with an aftermarket block.  You can get a basic 2070S for under $500 and put a block on it for $150 or less, then hook it up to your cooling kit.
     
     
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/09 06:55:16 (permalink)
    Wow that was a great deal and unfortunately I missed out on it... I’m beyond pissed right now. Do you know if they do deals like that often ?
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/09 07:15:58 (permalink)
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    Wow that was a great deal and unfortunately I missed out on it... I’m beyond pissed right now. Do you know if they do deals like that often ?



    Just get the 2070S Black and put a block on it. Make sure the block is material-compatible with your existing cooler - likely copper..  The 2070S Black has been under $500.
     
    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/88drxr/evga-geforce-rtx-2070-super-8-gb-black-gaming-video-card-08g-p4-3071-kr
     
    post edited by kevinc313 - 2019/12/09 16:51:09
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/09 07:34:38 (permalink)
    It happens often, but they go fast when they do. Not sure you would want a watercooling card that requires a custom watercooling loop though.

    Here is a decent open box deal:
    https://www.newegg.com/asus-geforce-rtx-2080-dual-rtx2080-8g-evo/p/N82E16814126340R

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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/09 07:50:39 (permalink)
    RainStryke
    It happens often, but they go fast when they do. Not sure you would want a watercooling card that requires a custom watercooling loop though.

    Here is a decent open box deal:
    https://www.newegg.com/asus-geforce-rtx-2080-dual-rtx2080-8g-evo/p/N82E16814126340R




    He already has a 360mm watercooling kit on his CPU.
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/09 07:54:01 (permalink)
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    RainStryke
    It happens often, but they go fast when they do. Not sure you would want a watercooling card that requires a custom watercooling loop though.

    Here is a decent open box deal:
    https://www.newegg.com/asus-geforce-rtx-2080-dual-rtx2080-8g-evo/p/N82E16814126340R




    He already has a 360mm watercooling kit on his CPU.




    Oh, I missed that part. 
    post edited by RainStryke - 2019/12/11 15:16:54

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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/09 10:43:01 (permalink)
    a 2080 & higher card  might be considered overkill if you are running a monitor at only 1080p resolutions........
     
     

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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/11 15:12:38 (permalink)
    Got lucky and was able to pick this back up on sale

    https://www.evga.com/prod...aspx?pn=08G-P4-2289-KR

    Thanks for all the help and advice !!!!!
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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/11 15:17:27 (permalink)
    Nice! That should be an awesome addition to your gaming PC.

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    Re: Looking for Video Card to upgrade my system 2019/12/11 17:07:41 (permalink)
    Big pimpin' right there, hope the setup goes well!
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