PC Upgrade (gaming) Advice Required.

  Stupidiocy 16:42 18 Dec 2016

Hi, PC Advisor(s)

I'm looking to improve my PC to a level which will be able to handle some of the newer games available. I don't mind if I'm not able to "game" at 1080p on the highest settings, I would just like something better than I already have.

I have chosen the RAM, Graphics card and a PSU which all fit my budget. My problem is that I'm not entirely sure whether or not they'll be suitable for my PC (motherboard). This is where I need help/advice, basically I need to know if I can go ahead with the upgrades.

My current PC specs are as follows:

Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0, Build 14393) System Manufacturer: HP System Model: 550-111na BIOS: A0.04 Processor: AMD A10-7800 Radeon R7, 12 Compute Cores 4C+8G (4 CPUs), ~3.5GHz Memory: 8192MB RAM Available OS Memory: 7114MB RAM Page File: 3534MB used, 5364MB available DirectX Version: DirectX 12 User DPI Setting: Using System DPI System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent) DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled Microsoft Graphics Hybrid: Not Supported DxDiag Version: 10.00.14393.0000 64bit Unicode Card name: AMD Radeon(TM) R7 Graphics Manufacturer: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. Chip type: AMD Radeon Graphics Processor (0x130F) DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)

To be upgraded with:

  • ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Graphics Card Memory: 4 GB GDDR5 CUDA cores: 768 Clock speed: 1290 / 1392 MHz Memory bandwidth: 128-bit Interface: HDMI / DisplayPort / DVI

  • CORSAIR CX600 Fixed ATX PSU - 600 W 80 PLUS Bronze 120 mm fan

    • PNY Anarchy PC3-12800 DDR3 PC Memory - 2 x 8 GB DIMM RAM 1.5 V 1600 MHz CL9

Hopefully that's enough information for someone to be able to advise me on whether or not these upgrades will be suitable for the PC (motherboard).


  Archonar 17:01 18 Dec 2016

If you know the motherboard make then put all the parts into a website called pcpartpicker and it will tell you if there are any incompatibilities - if you don't know it/ can't find out I can't foresee any issues, make sure the pc is currently using DDR3 ram not DDR4, and make sure the case is big enough to accommodate the graphics card that you want to use.

  Stupidiocy 17:27 18 Dec 2016

Thank you for the advise and the swift response. I will take a look at the website you mentioned and see what it says. The current RAM is DDR3, so that should be fine. My main issue was the graphics card, and as you pointed out, the size was one of my concerns. The unit looks roomy enough to accommodate, but I'll look into it further.

Thank you again for your input.

  Stupidiocy 17:53 18 Dec 2016


I looked on that website but wasn't sure how to add the motherboard. I did gather more information on the board if that helps:


Manufacturer: Foxconn
Form factor: uATX: 24x24 cm (9.4x9.4 in)
Chipset: FCH (A78)
Memory sockets: 2 x DDR3
Processor socket: FM2b
Expansion Slots:
    1 PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.0)
    1 PCI Express x1 (Gen 2.0)
    Half-length mini card with WLAN header

Do you think the Graphics Card chosen would be suitable in those expansion slots?

  Archonar 17:59 18 Dec 2016

Yeah the graphics card will fit onto your motherboard no problem, I would measure to make sure it fits into the case but other than that I can't see any issues with your planned upgrades.

  Stupidiocy 18:24 18 Dec 2016

That's great! Thank you.

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