How much performance will I pick up?

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  1. St3v3th3d0g

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    Hello,
    I currently have a Dell Studio XPS 8100. I am looking to improve the performance of this old but decent computer. The two main things I am looking to upgrade are the graphics card and/or the ram. If you aren't familiar with these computers I will give you the basic specs. It has an I7 processor, 8GB of ram and an ATI Radeon 5700 graphics card. I am looking to upgrade it with this graphics card https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F4GGWL1/ref=dp_prsubs_2?th=1 . Would only upgrading this cause a bottleneck? How much performance do you think I would pick up? If I should upgrade ram how much should I add(I can add at max 16 GB)? I am also looking to upgrade to Windows 10 if that has any effect on my product choice. If you have a better suggestion I would gladly consider it. I am working on a budget and wouldn't like to upgrade the power supply so keep that in mind. If you have any knowledge on these topics I would love to hear some feedback.
    Thanks!
     
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  3. St3v3th3d0g

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    Thanks, I will definitely consider that as a possibility! Since I only have 8GB of ram will that cause a bottleneck or will it be okay? How much of a difference will I notice with the one that you suggested?
     
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  5. A Turbocharged Turbocharger

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    Do not buy that n1 psu. Get something with an 80+ certification. EVGA has good deals on refurbished, perfectly safe power supplies every wednesday. https://www.evga.com/products/feature.aspx. But you said you weren't going to upgrade the power supply, so I'll lay that one to rest. However, on that same website, you can get a 1060 6gb for $140, which is a great deal. Hop on that if you want. That card will easily beat out all the ones discussed here.
    https://gpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Nvidia-GTX-1060-6GB-vs-AMD-RX-570/3639vs3924
     
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    You have to look at b-stock. Go to the link I provided, then scroll down to the 160$ range. They sold out of the single-fan version but the dual fan cooler is still a really good deal. Screenshot3.png
    if you can find an rx 590 for that price, jump on it. But I don't think you will.
     
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    #9 St3v3th3d0g, Jun 13, 2019 at 1:01 AM
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    I would. You can find a ~500 watt psu pretty cheap these days. These are solid and affordable: https://pcpartpicker.com/product/xD...nze-certified-atx-power-supply-100-br-0450-k1
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    I'd also want to make sure the card can fit in your case. some dell cases are relatively restrictive, and the acx 3.0 coolers are relatively beefy. I can't find the dimensions for the case, so you'll have to measure it. You can find the dimensions for the card online.
     
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    My bad. Also, don't buy a 3gb 1060. They should never have existed. An rx 590 would easily beat that out.
     
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    From what I have read I now see that I probably will have to upgrade the power supply. How can I tell if the power supply will be compatible with the other hardware so I can swap it out.
    Edit: You guys have suggested some great looking graphics cards but how can I tell if they will actually work with my PC? I would love it if the one I decide to get can just plug straight in since this will be the first time I have worked on this specific computer. Also, I would like this PC to be an all-around decent performer so I don't need crazy graphics just decent enough to be able to run higher settings.

    My overall goal is to have a decent graphics card, 10GB of ram, an upgraded power supply if needed, and the ability to run Windows 10 well.
     
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    all pcie graphics cards should work on all computers and psus should too unless the motherboard uses propietary connectors

    your motherboard supports 16GB of ram but i dont think its worth it to upgrade since its really old and the best cpu you can get is an i7-870
     
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    If you don't suggest upgrading ram, what are some other decently economical upgrades that would make this computer able to run more games and just be a good all rounder. Also, how do you know if a power supply has the right connectors to be able to plug into my hardware. The max budget for all of these upgrades would have to be under $350.
     
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    Economically? GPU only.

    Ram these days is ddr4, your rig isn't, so to upgrade to newer ram you need a complete motherboard upgrade too, which in turn means CPU upgrade. Cpu has same issue that to upgrade it you're going to need a new motherboard and ram to go with it.


    CPU, ram, GPU, those are the only things that impact game performance, and you can only upgrade one of those right now
     
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    Let's say I do end up buying a decent graphics card, how much performance would I even pick up by upgrading?
     
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    60fps+ at 1080p with an RX 590 if you dont turn on dynamic reflections
     
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