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#11843730 Dec 09, 2015 at 10:06 AM
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Anyone have any recommendations for a graphics card?

Here's what I have:

Asus - Desktop - AMD A10-Series - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive
Model: M32BF-B03 SKU: 8447977


I don't have a clue if this is enough information to go with, but if not, please let me know.


Thanks!
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#11843782 Dec 09, 2015 at 10:25 AM
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Looks like your ASUS M32BF desktop PC has a AMD Radeon HD 8760 currently in it. You should be able to open it up and take that out and put something else in it's place. Almost any card should work and right now if you want good bang for your buck I recommend any kind of NVIDIA GTX 970. Rhodrin and I both use one right now. It's a middle-tier card that performs way better than it should.

Currently on-sale on Amazon for $347.99 http://amzn.com/B00NN0GEXQ

It might be a bit pricey but that's pretty middle of the road nowadays plus you shouldn't expect to replace it over the next 4-5 years or so.
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#11843808 Dec 09, 2015 at 10:35 AM
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Awesome, thanks. I've heard they're fairly easy to install. Is that true?
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#11843859 Dec 09, 2015 at 10:55 AM
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Yup, super simple. You can find some easy tutorials online. Granted all PC's follow a standard layout on the insides, but all manufacturers use different cases so you'll need to figure out how to open yours up. Shouldn't be hard to take off the side-panel on yours, a couple screws at worst.

Once you got it open you just locate the graphics card. Undo any power cables going to it. Undo the locking screw keeping the card in place. Look for the tab that locks the card in-place on the motherboard, hit that and then pull the card out. Put the new on in, make sure the motherboard clip clocks, replace the screw and power cables. Put the side-panel back on and you're done.

Load up Windows and remove your AMD drivers and install the NVIDIA drivers.

Here's a relevant video:
https://youtu.be/56ZI4HFOizY
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#11844118 Dec 09, 2015 at 12:01 PM
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Good deal. Is the 950 any good? Or would it be a mistake to not spend the extra 200 or so and get the 970?
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#11844215 Dec 09, 2015 at 12:32 PM
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The 950 has 2GB of RAM whereas the 970 as 4GB. At this stage in the PC gaming stage you definitely want more than 2GB if you have any plans to play new games in the years to come. 4GB is currently good, if you can find more the better. You have to think of it this way, if you spend the money now you won't have to spend any again for 4-5 years. If you got a 950 now you'll likely be itching to replace it again in 1-2 years depending on shifting trends in game development.

Personally I find NVIDIA to be a better brand than AMD. They have a larger market share and put out more frequent driver updates. Their architecture is more widely accepted. But that's just me. Some people prefer AMD for various reasons.

Check out http://www.logicalincrements.com to help you with making a choice. Also the folks over at https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapc are super helpful too.
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#11844691 Dec 09, 2015 at 02:53 PM
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Thanks man! I'll check those out.
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