Should I upgrade the video card on this 2011 build?

DT4K

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This machine became the kids computer when I built a new box for Battlefield V last year.
I'm wondering if it makes any sense to upgrade the video card.
Any chance I could get it up to speed enough to run any recent games?

Windows 7
GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD3-B3 LGA 1155 Intel P67 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
Antec TruePower New TP-750 750W Continuous Power ATX12V V2.3 / EPS12V V2.91 SLI Certified
Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800)
XFX Radeon HD 6950 DirectX 11 HD-695A-CNFC 2GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready
 

Spjut

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A new graphics card would do wonders. Even a GTX 1050 Ti would allow it to play almost all modern games again, though you should expect 30-60 FPS depending on the game. It would generally be better than playing the PS4 versions though. The games you should expect not to run smoothly are Assassins Creed Origins and BF5 multiplayer.

You might have to update the BIOS though, the LGA 1155 motherboards in particular have had compatibility issues since GPUs started supporting UEFI.
 
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Stuka87

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Thats still a half decent system, a better GPU will let you run most newer games. Quality may have to be adjusted down in some cases. An RX580 or GTX1060 would be the highest to go though. Anything over those and you may bottle neck.
 

fleshconsumed

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You can typically get RX480 8GB on ebay for $110-140, IMO that's the best option.
 

Campy

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2500k is great especially if you OC it, but I guess you would need a new mobo for that. Still, a GPU upgrade would be really good to get a couple more years of gaming out of it.
 

kawi6rr

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I'm running that Saphire card and it's been great for me for a few years now.
 

Shmee

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IIRC P67 supports overclocking. Could even support an Ivybridge i7 with a bios update. As for the card, that system would do well with a RX 570 or better.
 

nurturedhate

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IIRC P67 supports overclocking. Could even support an Ivybridge i7 with a bios update. As for the card, that system would do well with a RX 570 or better.
It's supports overclocking. Have that board currently sitting in the kids computer.
 

Campy

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IIRC P67 supports overclocking. Could even support an Ivybridge i7 with a bios update. As for the card, that system would do well with a RX 570 or better.
Good call, for some reason I remembered P67 as not being capable of overclocking.
 

Guru

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Absolutely yes, I have a I5 3330 cpu, which is about the same speed as that 2500k and a GTX 1060 6GB and I'm able to run most games at highest settings and 60+fps. There are some games that are more challenging like AC: Origins, Metro Exodus, etc...

That 8GB ram is also an issue, most games absolutely need 16GB, heck just windows os uses 2GB, plus background programs, plus antivirus, you are easily looking at 3GB used just by various background programs and your OS.

You can easily go for a RX 580 8GB, that cpu will push that gpu to the max. If you want to get something cheaper than an RX 570 is absolutely a value KING right now, with cards going as low as $130 and 2 free games as well.
 

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