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I am getting an new computer. my old graphics card was an Intel(r) hd graphics family, my new one will be the NVIDA GeForce GT630 4GB DDR3 Graphics, is this graphic card better? a lot, or a little? i know this NVIDA is on the lower end, but i do plan on upgrading it in the future.

asked Dec 29 '12 at 17:56

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Why on earth does the 630 get 4GB of VRAM, but my 660ti only has 2GB? I'll never understand Nvidia, maybe I'll switch over to AMD in the near future.

(Dec 29 '12 at 23:15) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

the 630 is faster but if you need a laptop and the choice is between the 2, then go with what has the fastest CPU. Both cards will be bad for gaming.

here is a review http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-630M.63761.0.html

PS if it is a laptop then you will not be able to upgrade the videocard.

if it is a desktop and is prebuilt then you will have a time consuming and expensive upgrade as you will likely have to not only replace the GPU, but also the power supply (at which point you might as well just build a new PC (of build a custom one from the start which will allow you to get more performance for the money (especially if you can reuse older parts, eg use the old hard drive, cd drive and if it is mid to full sized ATX then you can also reuse the case

answered Dec 29 '12 at 19:03

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its a desktop here are the specs, http://www.costco.com/.product.725551.html

(Dec 29 '12 at 19:29) iFreakshow iFreakshow's gravatar image
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the case size may limit what cards you place, and any upgrade to the GPU (at least if you want to run some decent games) will also require a new power supply.

If you are not okay with building a new PC from scratch then you can go for that and upgrade the videocard and power supply later on, or if you are able to build one then you can build a new PC and have a system that is more upgrade friendly.

Just keep in mind that mATX cases will not allow for full length videocards so you may not be able to fit a high end card into the case. I was also unable to find internal photos on how well it will handle multislot videocards.

(Dec 29 '12 at 19:37) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

i was figuring if i was going to upgrade much i would put it into a new case, i have a low budget and have only used low end computers. i am more into video work.

(Dec 29 '12 at 19:40) iFreakshow iFreakshow's gravatar image
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if you are into video editing, the 630 will support hardware acceleration for applications such as adobe aftereffects, and many others. at this point an upgrade will only really be useful if you want to run more demanding games

(Dec 29 '12 at 19:43) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

what things should i look to upgrade in the future to help?

(Dec 29 '12 at 20:03) iFreakshow iFreakshow's gravatar image
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currently the CPU is good, should have no problem with modern video editors and games. Only issue is with that system, a decent mid range videocard will require a batter power supply so for what ever upgrade to the videocard you plan in the future, you may need to add around $60 to the budget for a new power supply.

(Dec 29 '12 at 20:32) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

thank you!

(Dec 29 '12 at 20:44) iFreakshow iFreakshow's gravatar image
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