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    Default Upgrading a 3.5 Years Old PC

    Hi

    I have a 3.5 Years old PC. Now I want to upgrade GPU of this PC. I want to buy a GTX 960 2GB. Is it Compatible with my Computer?

    My Hardware specifications are.

    Processor - Intel i5
    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA B150M
    RAM - 4GB
    PSU-corsair 450w
    GPU - GT 730

    should I upgrade my PC?

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    Default Re: Upgrading a 3.5 Years Old PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Franklin View Post
    Hi

    I have a 3.5 Years old PC. Now I want to upgrade GPU of this PC. I want to buy a GTX 960 2GB. Is it Compatible with my Computer?

    My Hardware specifications are.

    Processor - Intel i5
    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA B150M
    RAM - 4GB
    PSU-corsair 450w
    GPU - GT 730

    should I upgrade my PC?
    I don't see any reason it shouldn't work on your PC. I'd consider upgrading your RAM before you shell out on the Video Card and if you don't have an SSD, I'd consider that as well. You'll probably get more bang for the buck from those upgrades than the Video card...but the 960 is a good choice. If you can swing it, I'd recommend the 4GB (such as EVGA GeForce GTX 960 4GB Superclocked Video Card (04G-P4-1962-KR) - PCPartPicker) version over the 2GB. According to PCPartPicker the base hardware you've listed is using around 178 Watts of Juice, so your PSU should be good to handle the increased load, of the 960 (unless you have a huge array of disk drives attached). Plugging in an optical drive and a 2 TB WD Black still only yields ~200 Watts or so. (a model build based on y our post: Intel Core i5-6500, EVGA GeForce GT 730 - System Build - PCPartPicker)

    And "should I upgrade my PC?" is a loaded question around here. The answer is always "Of Course!". Having said that, I don't know what i5 you have, but frankly if you upgraded RAM and added an SSD with that new Video Card, you should be just fine now matter what you want to do with it.

    Scott

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    Default Re: Upgrading a 3.5 Years Old PC

    i am finding these mobos

    Gigabyte GA B150M-DS3H
    -DV2
    -D3H
    -HD3
    -DS3P
    and i could go on

    my point is this
    the card you want will fit into a specific slot
    it's a PCIE x16 size, 2.0. 3.0..none of that matters atm, all that matters is your mother board
    does the MOBO have a useable PCIEx16 available to put the 960 into?

    if yes?
    your golden
    if no?
    well,,you might be upgrading more than just a video card
    learning is good .....understanding is better .....pleas teach with wisdom............................................ ..............calemus

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    Default Re: Upgrading a 3.5 Years Old PC

    I'm having a slight disconnect on the board. Everything I'm seeing is showing Skylake but at 3.5 years old, that can't be possible. Either way though, you have a GT 730 which is a PCIe x16 card so upgrading should be no problem at all. The 960 is a great choice with your current PSU and I would definitely look into getting an extra 4 GB of RAM if you can afford it. Just look at the stick in your case and try and buy a matching one. Even consider dropping down to a 950 Ti with the RAM stick as that will probably be better than just a 960, but a 960 with total of 8 GB of RAM is ideal for 1080p gaming.

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    Default Re: Upgrading a 3.5 Years Old PC

    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    Everything I'm seeing is showing Skylake but at 3.5 years old, that can't be possible.
    Time travel.

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    Default Re: Upgrading a 3.5 Years Old PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Franklin View Post
    Hi

    I have a 3.5 Years old PC. Now I want to upgrade GPU of this PC. I want to buy a GTX 960 2GB. Is it Compatible with my Computer?

    My Hardware specifications are.

    Processor - Intel i5
    Motherboard - Gigabyte GA B150M
    RAM - 4GB
    PSU-corsair 450w
    GPU - GT 730

    should I upgrade my PC?
    You should reconsider your choice of GPU. You should get one that has at least 4GB of RAM onboard. Other that that, the GTX-960 is a good choice.
    Your system meets the power requirements for it too.

    Enjoy the new card and please let us know what you end up with.

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    Default Re: Upgrading a 3.5 Years Old PC

    Hi I have Upgraded some components (Processor, motherboard) 5 months ago.
    Now I want to upgrade Graphics Card.

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    Default Re: Upgrading a 3.5 Years Old PC

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Franklin View Post
    Hi I have Upgraded some components (Processor, motherboard) 5 months ago.
    Now I want to upgrade Graphics Card.
    Ohhhhhhh!!! That makes more sense.

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