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#1 Posted at 2014-08-18 07:56        
     
Hello,
not sure if this has been brought up but unable to look through every form and also ver new to this.(sorry mods if im posting in wrong place)
i have just purchased a basic build computer specs: http://www.ebuyer.com/643319-zoostorm-desktop-pc-7260-8000
i am planning to upgrde the RAM to 16GB and also the PSU to 750W i have a list here http://www.ebuyer.com/lists/list/369679 ( i would also like to upgrade the CPU but money constraints and also not sure if motherboard would be able to take it any suggestions on this would also be appreciative)

What im confused about is the differences in the PCI slot as in would i be able to run this graphics card with my specs and also whats the difference between the DDR3 and DDR5 in graphics cards as the RAM is DDR3 its just a little all confusing to me as this is my first build/ upgrading of a system.

thanks alot LLama (ste)

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#2 Posted at 2014-08-18 10:10        
     
DDR5 isn't a thing.
GDDR5 is a thing. It's graphics card memory.

Zoostorm actually does pretty good deals for PC's, a friend of mine found a really good one for about £300
I can see why you would want to upgrade this one though, it's pretty low end stuff ;-)

Just as advice, RAM is expensive upgrade to 8GB instead for now. A 750w PSU is overkill as well, you would be better off spending money on a high efficiency 500w or 600w PSU (look at Corsair)

Also that graphics card is horrendous. You would be better off waiting a little bit and going for something like a GTX 750 or something. Price to performance is much higher.

The description for that Zoostorm PC isn't very specific by the way, could you find out what motherboard you have maybe? :-)

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#3 Posted at 2014-08-18 10:51        
     
# IamaLLama : What im confused about is the differences in the PCI slot as in would i be able to run this graphics card with my specs

According to the listed specs, the motherboard has a 16x PCI Express slot. So yes, you can use that graphic card. The other PCI slots are for expansion cards (like sound card, et cetera). But like Brotherhoodofham said, that's a really low-end card



# IamaLLama : whats the difference between the DDR3 and DDR5 in graphics cards
GDDR3 is older and slower technology that is still used in budget graphic cards. GDDR5 is the newer and faster technology for middle and high-end Video cards

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#4 Posted at 2014-08-18 11:01        
     
Hello,
you have managed to explain to me in a few sentences something that i can actually understand lol
with regards to the motherboard i will have to have a look when i get home as there is like no information for my model of computer ( 7877 - 8008) on the internet
so had a look at the cards and is this the sort of one?
http://www.ebuyer.com/623632-asus-gtx-750-1gb-gddr5-vga-dvi-hdmi-pci-e-graphics-card-gtx750-phoc-1gd5

as if im not spending the amount on RAM i can spend more on graphics/PSU http://www.ebuyer.com/278634-corsair-cx-500w-fully-wired-80-bronze-power-supply-cp-9020047-uk

i Know im asking alot in questions and etc but i really do appreciate the help

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#5 Posted at 2014-08-18 13:35        
     
I think most people on this forum have probably been through the same kind of situation at some point :-D
That power supply and graphics card were the ones I were thinking of, if you can get hold of them that would be good.

Like I said if you can manage to find out what model your motherboard is then you can find out if there are any issues with compatability.

I'm looking into that now.

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I just found out that the CPU you have with that PC is actually soldered into the motherboard, which is actually quite surprising :-D If you want to upgrade the CPU then you will have to upgrade the motherboard too unfortunately.

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#6 Posted at 2014-08-18 13:51        
     
thats perfect well just another problem to be resolved at a later date lol

well thats the plan for me for now ill hacve a look at the other bits in the forum to see if i can play ARMA at all but thanks very much big help :)
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#7 Posted at 2014-08-18 14:16        
     
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#8 Posted at 2014-08-21 07:21        
     
Hello,
in regards to this i have an update my brother in law has just come into some money and is giving me http://www.ebuyer.com/614468-powercolor-r9-270x-turboduo-oc-2gb-gddr5-dvi-hdmi-displayport-pci-e-graphics-axr9-270x-2gbd5-tdhe-oc?utm_source=google&utm_medium=products&gclid=COLa8sjao8ACFYyXvQod2xsAag and also his corsair PSU big help on the money side of things.

so would it be resonable to buy the 16GB of ram now? i am also looking into a new motherboard etc but ATM this is what will do me as once i have gained the funds for CPU and mother board i will effictivly be starting a new build on an older computer i have as i will have the min specs i would like for a streaming computer or even just a browser computer to have a round the house

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#9 Posted at 2014-08-21 16:32        
     
If you are actuall alosi interested in game? Arma runs at about 4GB max + about 2GB for Windows = 6/7GB use during a game. So If your asking from a gaming point of view 16GB doesnt do much unless you wanna use a RAM-Drive wich is a little complicated. If you can get it for just a few pound extra i would consider it. After reading your post i have no clue what you are realy asking, need or want to know, yes its a nice card but rather spend your money on a decent GPU (videocard) then something else...


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#10 Posted at 2014-08-22 07:05        
     
hey,
i was just asking to get to know because i am wanting to play the game and also maybe stream it and i have asked other people but would rather ask the people that play the game than people that dont
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#11 Posted at 2014-08-22 08:25        
     
If you want to know the about hardware spec related to the game use the sticky (to prevent this from being locked). Non-game related hardware questions you have can be asked here.

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