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Old 17-06-2013, 14:34
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Thinking about upgrading my GeForce GTS 250 1GB and wondering what my options are. I use my PC for photo editing and the latest version of Photoshop uses the GPU. Im getting a lot of lag. Im upgrading the Ram to 16GB but thinking about changing the GPU too. Happy to pay about 100.

My power supply is only 350W so need a GPU which is ok with that. Im lost when it comes to GPU so any advice would be great. Thanks guys

Pc specs:

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
System Model: P55M-UD2
System Type: x64-based PC
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 860 @ 2.80GHz, 2794 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
Ram: 4Gb (soon to be 16GB)
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 1GB
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Old 17-06-2013, 15:15
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HD 7750 with that PSU. (Was most powerful card that doesn't require external power, might still be).
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Old 17-06-2013, 19:28
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do you think its worth changing the card? Seems the gain might not be too much
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Old 17-06-2013, 19:35
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I'd slap in the extra ram and see how it feels...sometimes its just the program needs the extra space not grunt power to run faster
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Old 17-06-2013, 21:55
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Sorry, I've had a closer look at your current card. Also looks like you're already running with one 6 pin connector so potentially able to run a higher spec card depending on your current system power needs.

Wouldn't it make sense to try the RAM first?
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Old 18-06-2013, 01:28
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Sorry, I've had a closer look at your current card. Also looks like you're already running with one 6 pin connector so potentially able to run a higher spec card depending on your current system power needs.

Wouldn't it make sense to try the RAM first?
Definitely try the ram, I had 4gb and went up to 16gb of ram and my machine, a Dell Xps 8100 with intel core i5 750 and a gts 240; The machine is waaaaaaay faster than it was., 4gb is a little low, as windows eats up a fair chunk of ram, leaving not a lot for intensive programs.

Problem is ram prices have shot up but look around on ebay and Amazon for deals. I managed to find some good crucial ram which worked out to be 15 quid per 4gb stick. The card you have should be fine to drive 2D stuff, it's gaming where you will need a better graphics card.I do a fair bit of video editing and photoshop and everything runs fine, more than fine in fact. You've got a pretty good cpu, try adding some ram and see how you get on.

The only thing i struggle on with my current set up is recent games. Older games 2-5 years old, can pretty much max out settings and get decent frame rates too. Just need to really tone down the graphics on the newer games though. I do game a bit so the card will be on the way out soon. Just bought a new 550w psu, and will be in the market for a graphics card. Perhaps a GTX 650ti or a 660.

But a ram boost usually always immensely speeds up a system. Always the first thing I do with a new system.
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Old 18-06-2013, 21:23
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thanks I'll try that first
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Old 19-06-2013, 00:25
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thanks I'll try that first
Keep us updated.

This is the ram I bought for my system. Price is up now. I spend 60 for the 16gb kit. Works great in my system.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...=1&s=computers
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Old 20-06-2013, 17:35
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Not seeing a massive improvement yet. Im planing to do a clean install of windows and see for things are.
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