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Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

I have a Dell XPS 8700 with Intel i7-4790, RAM 16GB, 2TB hard drive, Windows 8.1 (64 bits) OS. It currently has a Nvidia GTX745 (4GB memory) I would like to get a new graphics card but unsure what I can upgrade to with this system. It must be a Nvidia card for my work. Can anyone tell me which version cards I can look at? Much appreciated.

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RE: Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

Hi,


The system has one PCI Express x16 card slot and is factory shipped with 460 watt power supply. You will need to search for a video card which would work with this requirements.

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speedstep
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RE: Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

This will be a huge improvement.  Won't hurt your wallet or power supply.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487295

 


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RE: Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

The GTX 1050 is a great upgrade, but not the only choice.

I don't usually recommend a specific card without knowing the software being used, and the monitor(s) and the resolution of the monitor. If you provide this, the recommendations can be more specific.

The system can also take a GTX 1050ti or a GTX 1060 without a power supply upgrade. The 1050ti runs around $150 US. the GTX 1060 comes in a 3GB version and a 6GB version. in the $199 to $260+ price range.

Two key points.

1) you must update 8700 BIOS to A10 (Win 8.1) or A11 (Win 10) for the GTX 10x0 or GTX 900 series cards to work.

2) GTX 10x0 series cards no longer have VGA output so if that is a requirement for your display, consider a card in the GTX 900 series like a 950ti or 960.

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RE: Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

The card I recommended has Display port and Display port to VGA is not expensive.


https://www.amazon.com/Rankie-Plated-DisplayPort-Adapter-Converter/dp/B00Z08TZNU


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RE: Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

Thanks for the reply. I work with various 3D rendering software. Some specifically require a Nvidia graphic card eg those using the Nvidia Iray render engine. My monitor is a Samsung, resolution 1920 x 1080. I'm currently using analog but can easily be changed to HDMI.

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RE: Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

Thanks! Will have a look at it.

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Dan-H
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RE: Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

The card I recommended has Display port and Display port to VGA is not expensive.

I am fairly sure none of the "pascal" generation nVidia GTX 1080/1070/1060/1050ti/1050  cards have analog signals supplied with displayport, and the displayport to VGA adapters will not work.

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Dan-H
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RE: Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

Thanks for the reply. I work with various 3D rendering software. Some specifically require a Nvidia graphic card eg those using the Nvidia Iray render engine. My monitor is a Samsung, resolution 1920 x 1080. I'm currently using analog but can easily be changed to HDMI.

Most of the cards have an HDMI out so you should be OK there.

Iray rendering is GPU intensive so any of the cards will be a big improvement over what you have.

The choice you make will be based on how much you are willing to spend vs the gain you want. 

If you are rendering often, and if the turnaround time matters it might be worth it to invest more.

Since you mention you use this for work,  if time equals money a faster card may pay for itself. 

good luck !

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speedstep
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RE: Nvidia graphics card upgrade?

Display port is digital and VGA is analog and the display port adapters use a hardware conversion. These are not passive adapters. They have a DAC in them.  There are HDMI to VGA adapters that work the same way.   It is actively converting the Digital DP signal, over to an Analog VGA signal.


 No idea where you got the notion that Red, green, blue sync signals came from display port connectors.

Display port is not DVI-I or DVI-A with analog signals on the connector.




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