With the recent release of Grand Theft Auto V on PC I felt I had to step up the specifications of my Desktop PC to witness my favourite game at its best. And what better way than to upgrade the Graphics Card?
I’ve always felt I’ve had a more than adequate PC for any scenario I could throw at it. With its i7 Processor, 16GB RAM, 2 TB HD and a NVIDIA GT 640 as standard, it’s never once been pushed to its limits. That was until I started playing AAA games such as GTA V.
Although perfectly playable with ‘Normal’ settings at around 25fps with my GT 640, I felt it was time to make my PC worthy of AAA gaming titles. I’m not looking for mega high frame rates or 4k support – just something to chug along at 1080p that enables High graphics settings.
My PC came pre-built from Lenovo. I would have opted to build a PC myself, but at the time I needed something urgently quick that was up to the job, so I purchased a Lenovo K430 for just shy of £600. It was never my intention to use it as a gaming rig, and the GT 640 has been more than sufficient when playing the occasional indie game or older title.
First step – Research. Anybody who knows me is aware how incredibly
tight budget conscious I am. And of course I took this into account when looking for a Graphics Card. I finally came across the EVGA GTX 750Ti SC for £112 that seemed to tick all the boxes.
I opted for the ‘Superclocked’ version which from the factory has a slightly higher specification than standard, thanks to overclocking from EVGA.
- Base Clock: 1176 MHZ
- Boost Clock: 1255 MHz
- Bus Type: PCI-E 3.0
- Memory Detail: 2048MB GDDR5
- Memory Bandwidth: 86.4 GB/s
- Bus Type: PCI-E 3.0
- Max Monitors Supported: 3
- 240Hz Max Refresh Rate
- Max Analog: 2048×1536
- Max Digital: 4096×2160
The best reasoning behind this graphics card was that I wouldn’t need to purchase a higher powered PSU – it would run perfectly fine on my stock 300W power supply. It really was a matter of ‘plug and play’.
Installing the GPU was trivial. After uninstalling the old NVIDIA drivers, I simply swapped out my old GT 640 and fired the machine back up (quite shocked at the size difference between the two GPUs!). It was then a matter of installing the latest drivers for the 750Ti and testing out the best graphics settings for my various games.
I’m now able to play GTA V on High-Ultra settings at a solid 40fps+. It’s quite a remarkable difference coming from a PS3/PS4 gamer!
And as an unexpected bonus, I also somehow received a free copy of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (fantastic game, definitely give it a try) – which also performs very nicely on High settings with the 750Ti!
Overall, a very well recommended Graphics Card for ‘moderate’ gamers on a budget.