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Turn Your Crappy Desktop into a Gaming PC for $150

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Turn Your Crappy Desktop into a Gaming PC for $150

hey everybody welcome to PC perspective today when I talk to you about a project we’ve been working on that focuses on the upgrade ability of off-the-shelf OAM desktop PCs with the release of the nvidia geforce gtx 750ti graphics card they were very heavily promoting the idea that this was the perfect graphics card to make these types of machines gaming ready to test this we went to our local Best Buy and we picked three different systems from three different price segments and three different performance levels to really see if the 750ti could could bring these machines up and make them viable gaming platforms the first one is the gateway DX 4885 system this is actually a $570 PC it has an Intel Core i5 4440 quad core processor it has Intel HD 4600 graphics eight gigs of ddr3 1600 megahertz memory and a 300 watt power supply the second system was the Asus M 11 B B this is a $440 machine that has an AMD a10 6700 quad core APU it has integrated Radeon HD 86 70d graphics eight gigs of 1600 megahertz ddr3 memory and a 350 watt power supply finally the lenovo h 520 cost us just 340 dollars and is built around a pentium g 2030 dual-core processor it has unbranded intel HD graphics four gigs of ddr3 1333 memory and a 250 to 280 watt power supply depending on the temperature rating the upgrade process on all three of the systems that we purchased was fairly straightforward all of them had side doors that came off a full-size PCI Express by 16 slot was easily accessible and removing the backplate was simple as well insulation couldn’t have been much more simple now the benefit to using the geforce gtx 750ti is that it doesn’t require an external power connection there’s no need to hook up a 6 pin PCI Express power connector at least in many of the model available for sale this means that systems like these that power supplies that don’t have those types of power connections and in one of the cases didn’t have any extra power connections at all we’re still able to be upgraded to this graphics card that’s kind of the one of the main selling points of this particular gtx 750ti graphics card to test the before and after gaming capability of these systems we ran a bunch of games on them like grid 2 Crysis 3 BioShock Infinite Skyrim and Metro last light now performance scaling from the integrated graphics to the gtx 750ti ranged from at the minimum of 5x increase in performance and all the way up to 9x increase in performance depending on the specific game in the specific platform we were testing it on for example with the Gateway system we saw an 8 point 3 X increase in the average framerate with Skyrim on the ASIS system we saw an 8 point 2 X increase in frame rate with BioShock Infinite and on the lenovo system we saw a 9.

5 X increase in performance with Crysis 3 these are not in substantial numbers these are huge changes in gaming performance essentially taking 1080p results that were oftentimes in these single-digit frames per second and taking them well into playability ranges over 60 fps the gtx 750ti for a hundred and fifty dollar investment was able to take each of these systems and take them from your basic gaming non gaming PC really your basic computing PC and turn them into great gaming platforms when you add in a new discrete graphic card like this you are going to draw more power from the system than you would with just the integrated graphics and our testing that power difference ranged from 50 Watts up to 65 watts depending on the specific system we were using but none of the three systems had any problems providing enough juice to the graphics card even with the smaller power supply from 250 to 350 watts again that’s one of the benefits that Nvidia has with its new Maxwell architecture and the gtx 750ti now the question is is this something you should do as a PC builder I don’t really recommend anybody go out and purchase one of these systems at a 750ti to it and then decide that you have a gaming machine I still think that buying and building your own product is going to be the best option for you however there are lots of cases where gamers or users already have systems like this maybe your mom bought you a PC or your dad has a PC like this and plays games every once in a while but doesn’t know what he’s missing out on by having some discrete graphics if that’s the case purchasing something like the geforce gtx 750ti for 150 dollars makes a lot of sense you get way better performance and if your performance is already okay with some lower end games like say Starcraft 2 you can increase image quality settings as well and some of our tests you’ll see that you know we had frame rates in the 100 120 frames per second and even though if you don’t need those feel free to turn up the image quality settings from medium to high or high to very high and actually improve your gaming experience with quality as opposed to just frame rate so if you happen to have a PC like this or maybe somebody wants to give you one or you find one on a really really discounted rate you know on a off the shelf open box build or something like that then it might be worth it to pick it up get a low cost high performance add-on card like the gtx 750ti and upgrade it to a gaming platform I’m curious to see what you guys think do you have systems like this is this something that you would consider doing is it something you have done before let me know in the comments I’d love to hear it

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