I’ve had recurring worries that my video card may be approaching the end of its life, and before I buy a new model, I would really, really appreciate some advice.
Thing is, you see, I have very limited knowledge about graphical cards, to the point I’m not confident in my ability to tell truth from bullshit in my web searches, or to tell still valid info from completely obsolete info.
I don’t demand much from a video card, it has to work easily, and allow me to play The Witcher III in 4K res.
Let’s settle with : deliver honorable performance if I want to play previous-gen games like Skyrim, or other games I would like to try some day, like Fallout 3 (I ragequitted because of the pipboy’s minuscule unsortable window, after Skyrim’s SkyUI, I’ll try again, some day), one of the Dragon Age games (Inquisition with very low settings ? ^^;;), maybe Borderlands, Cities Skylines, or Civilization Beyond Earth, that kind of stuff
To give you an idea, at the present time, with my current GT430 (1 GB RAM), I played Skyrim with 20-25 fps in average res and settings, it would have peaked at 40 fps if I hadn’t added mods. And even with those low settings, I had the gaming time of my life in Skyrim, skipping on quests and simply strolling in the wild to enjoy the feeling, I’d love to play it again some day while enjoying even more the immersion thanks to much better or much smoother visuals
A huge problem, there is a hard limit on the size of the video card, as inside my PC tower, it can occupy a maximum width of 19 centimeters (7.47 inches).
See that photo (full-size here):
(I doubt you’ll believe me, but I airbombed the shit out of my box for dust particles just 3 days ago, FFS)
Lastly, I’m not rolling on money, lots of other things sucked out my money recently, so the very best I can spend is around 150 € (167 $), and less would be better.
These are a lot of limits for a lot of dreams, I know, I know ^^
(again : max width 19 centimeters, max price 150 €; max width 7.47 inches, max price 167 $)
Still, in this context, would you have some advice to share ?
Some models to recommend ?
Some mistakes to avoid ?
A reason for prices to fall very soon, justifying a prolungated wait ?
Update: FYI, the rest of my hardware is (a) motherboard (MSI Z68-G43 G3 MS7750 1.0), (b) CPU (Intel G860) socket 1155LGA, 2×4 Go DDR3 Crucial PC3-12800, 3 Sata disks, 1 SSD disk, a 500W “Advance” PSU.
A power usage simulator – thanks guys – gave me a current consumption of 269W.
At the present time, if I must buy a card in emergency (AKA : RIP my GT430 for good), after a friendly discussion on Twitter, for instance, I know a model that would fit in my case, an MSI GeForce GTX 750 OC V1 – 2 Go (whatever all those specs may mean).
If there’s better, I’m open for suggestions, thank you
(And if you’re French, links to French shops will be welcome too, merci les gars !! ^^)
Updates a day later : THANK YOU!!
THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HELPFUL INFORMATION!!!
For the details of what came out of today :
I am inkling towards a GeForce GTX 750 Ti, now, and wondering if there is a chance/risk for the price of this one to strongly evolve in the relatively shor term.
Most other questions were answered, once again, you guys are awesome, I’m very grateful
There were plenty of suggestions to buy a new case : when my mobo/CPU dies, not yet, as now it would only be a luxury spending (something I forbid myself.)
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