Looking to upgrade GT 640

Discussion in 'nVidia Flavor' started by Markus54, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. Markus54

    Markus54 n00bie

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    Hi; New to this forum. I have an HP I bought a few years ago and would like to upgrade my video card. I don't have a lot of money. My thinking is that something around $100 - 125 would be much better than what I have now. I am playing Elite Dangerous and sometimes my current card flinches. A card in the price range I am in would be much better than the card I have now. I am looking for suggestion on an NVidia card and where to purchase online.
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    Mark
     
  2. Araxie

    Araxie [H]ardness Supreme

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    are you looking strictly new or can be used?. if you are looking new I recommend stretch a bit the budget and go with a 1050Ti for ~150-160$ but will provide a huge performance jump over your current card.
     
  3. Markus54

    Markus54 n00bie

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    I am looking for new. I will have to think about $150.
     
  4. Krenum

    Krenum [H]ardForum Junkie

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    EVGA has a 1050 ti 4GB for $119. Its from their B stock, they are refurbished but offer a 1 year warranty.
    https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-6251-RX

    They also have a 1050 ti 4GB with the ACX 3.0 cooler for $149
    https://www.evga.com/products/product.aspx?pn=04G-P4-6258-RX


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    Your other option for that price to performance would be Ebay, if you go that route, try to find a GTX 970 as the 970 will demolish the 1050ti.
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/EVGA-GeFor...046630?hash=item466ef1bb66:g:qlwAAOSwvfZZ-OyU

    I wouldn't bother trying to find a new video card unless you are dead set on it for the price you want to spend. I believe that a used GTX 970 would be your best option. Hang around the Sale/Trade thread here at [H] or ask if anyone has one for sale, I've done lots of business with the people here over the years, never had a problem with communication or product. GL. :)
     
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  5. LigTasm

    LigTasm [H]ardness Supreme

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    Literally anything is better than a GT640, I think even the current intel 630 graphics is about the same level of performance. Your best bet is probably a GTX 1050ti and it will be leagues ahead of what you have now.
     
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  6. Stoly

    Stoly [H]ardness Supreme

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    Be aware that most Brand PCs won't have the necessary 6 or 8 pin power connectors on the Power supply so you should check that first. I think only the GTX1050 and under won't require a 6 pin connector.
     
  7. AlphaQup

    AlphaQup Limp Gawd

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    You're going to first need to check your power supply and see if it has a necessary 6/8 pin connector to power the card/heatsink. OEM's are notorious for skimping on the PS's, supplying only the bare minimum to run the system from the factory, many don't have the additional 6/8 pin required.

    Without one of those, your only option would be something like this: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814137081

    Also, be sure to take measurements of the space you have for the card, as you can see, size/fan config varies greatly: https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?N=100007709 601273503&IsNodeId=1&Submit=ENE

    Personally, if you can swing it, I'd recommend a EVGA 1050Ti, best warranty and customer support in the graphics card business.
     
  8. craigdt

    craigdt Gawd

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    I upgrade the GT640 in my Dell xps 8500 to a GTX1060 3gb.

    Hoooly cow that was a step up. The 640 served me well however.

    Look at the 1030 or 1050 in that budget range.
     
  9. PGHammer

    PGHammer 2[H]4U

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    Agreed on the GTX 1050Ti (check the sig - it's what I have). Replaced a GTX 550Ti (which is the backup). Four times the graphics memory, but is both quieter and uses less wattage. THE entry-level streaming card (and the only such for "weaksauce" CPUs, such as PentiumG).
     
  10. vegeta535

    vegeta535 2[H]4U

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    1050 ti don't require 6 pin connectors. That Evga B-stock would be his best bet.
     
  11. PGHammer

    PGHammer 2[H]4U

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    That is why I bought mine (and why I recommend them today) despite my coming from a GTX550Ti (which DID have that 6-pin PSU connector) - the GTX 750 Ti (which didn't have a 6-pin PSU connector in most layouts, either). If you insist on staying with EVGA, there IS the SSC - like the FTW, it's a dual-slot two-fan design; however, unlike the FTW, it works just fine without a 6-pin PSU connector. (Why I went MSI had mothering to do with any hateraid of EVGA - it had to do with availability.)
     
  12. PGHammer

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    I have unhesitatingly recommended the GTX1050 series as the drop-in upgrade for any nVidia GPU sub-Pascal based entirely on my personal experience with mine.

    1. It is dead-silent - literally. Despite the extra fan (compared to the Fermi-based GTX 550Ti it replaced), it is far quieter - in other words, no coil-whine, either. And due to the case's placement (it's on top of the desk - not under it), fan noise and/or coil while would be obvious.
    2. It checks all the GTX check-boxes except VR - and due to my G3258, why would I be looking at VR this far downrange?
    3. It still doesn't cost a mint. Availability is still problematical (even on Amazon.com) - however, Newegg has gotten better, as has pricing.