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Upgrade GPU

  1. #1


    Jecheon, South Korea
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 - English

    Upgrade GPU


    Over the summer, I bought a new Samsung desktop system online. It is a very modest system with only a dual core CPU. I did ask for 8GB of RAM which is nice. My current GPU is a NVIDIA GeForce GT 620. (4GB - 1GB dedicated) I confess that I like to play GTA, but my current video card is not happy with the requirements. Is it possible to upgrade to a better GPU? The Samsung support people said no, but I would rather hear from people that really know. Further, in your opinion, would it be worth the effort and expense?

    Here is an excerpt from dxdiag.exe:

    Time of this report: 9/13/2013, 14:11:13
    Machine name: CHRIS_SS_PC
    Operating System: Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_gdr.130531-1504)
    Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
    System Manufacturer: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    System Model: Samsung DeskTop System
    BIOS: P06KRS.853.130220.XJ
    Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2020 @ 2.90GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.9GHz
    Memory: 8192MB RAM
    Available OS Memory: 8148MB RAM
    Page File: 3098MB used, 7209MB available
    Windows Dir: C:\windows
    DirectX Version: DirectX 11
    DX Setup Parameters: Not found
    User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
    System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
    DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
    DxDiag Version: 6.02.9200.16384 64bit Unicode
    ------------
    DxDiag Notes
    ------------
    Display Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 1: No problems found.
    Sound Tab 2: No problems found.
    Input Tab: No problems found.
    --------------------
    DirectX Debug Levels
    --------------------
    Direct3D: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectDraw: 0/4 (retail)
    DirectInput: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectMusic: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectPlay: 0/9 (retail)
    DirectSound: 0/5 (retail)
    DirectShow: 0/6 (retail)
    ---------------
    Display Devices
    ---------------
    Card name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 620
    Manufacturer: NVIDIA
    Chip type: GeForce GT 620
    DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Device Type: Full Device
    Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_1049&SUBSYS_809C144D&REV_A1
    Display Memory: 4044 MB
    Dedicated Memory: 972 MB
    Shared Memory: 3071 MB
    Current Mode: 1920 x 1080 (32 bit) (60Hz)
    Monitor Name: LG MX2752
    Monitor Model: MX2752
    Monitor Id: GSM5968
    Native Mode: 1920 x 1080(p) (60.000Hz)
    Output Type: HDMI
    Driver Name: nvd3dumx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvwgf2umx.dll,nvd3dum,nvwgf2um,nvwgf2um
    Driver File Version: 9.18.0013.2049 (English)
    Driver Version: 9.18.13.2049
    DDI Version: 11
    Feature Levels: 11.0,10.1,10.0,9.3,9.2,9.1
    Driver Model: WDDM 1.2
    Graphics Preemption: DMA
    Compute Preemption: DMA

    Thank you for sharing your expertise.

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  2. #2


    If that video card is in a PCI express slot I do not see why not, just don't go to something too high end, processor might bottleneck it and you will not have a full performance from it in some games. Also got to watch the power supply, if new one draws much more power it might not be able to cope with it. Another reason they said no is that PSU does not have right connectors for some other video cards but there are adapters for all kinds of them. Changing the GPU might void warranty too.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    If that video card is in a PCI express slot I do not see why not, just don't go to something too high end, processor might bottleneck it and you will not have a full performance from it in some games. Also got to watch the power supply, if new one draws much more power it might not be able to cope with it. Another reason they said no is that PSU does not have right connectors for some other video cards but there are adapters for all kinds of them. Changing the GPU might void warranty too.
    All sound advice by CountMike but I'm most concerned that you asked Samsung support and they flat-out answered "no." So, did you ask why at that point? If not, go back and ask again. Also, another concern would be that Samsung has their BIOS locked and system manufacturers are notorious for trying to keep people from upgrading their system builds. Good luck.
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  4. #4


    Jecheon, South Korea
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 - English


    Thank you so much for your knowledgeable replies and expertise. Actually, I had someone else make the call to Samsung for me. I may pursue the matter after the semester ends and go to the Samsung store in person for more detailed information. However, your excellent summarization gives me more information to work with. Thank you, again.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Best of luck to you!
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  6. #6


    My house
    Posts : 148
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    As far as upgrading your gpu goes, once you double checked on if it voids warranty and if there is no BIOS issues, I would personally recommend a 450-550W Power Supply that is 80+ Bronze from Corsair, Seasonic, Coolermaster, or any reputable PSU brand and a GTX 650 or HD 7770 2GB graphics card which shouldn't get bottlenecked by your CPU unless you play a CPU intensive game. Good luck!
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