Hello experts and techies. I have an HP with Menlo motherboard and it has a CPU Core i3 8100 @ 3.6mhz. Installed 16GB ram and for home office and internet it works great. HOWEVER..... iRacing comes along and the dedicated graphics requirements among other things has me thinking can I upgrade this?
The HP pages provide only Intel chipsets with dedicated graphics as upgrade choices. Is this because I have dedicated graphics or because I cannot upgrade to a CPU that supports a dedicated graphics card? I THINK it is only because I have dedicated graphics now. This all being said, is the slimline case going to kill me in choosing a graphics card? The iRacing minimum hardware requirements are:
Minimum System Requirements
***These are our minimum requirements, just meeting these will produce graphics at our minimum in test mode***
Windows 8.1 64-Bit, Windows 10 64-Bit
4 core CPU or better – Some examples (but not limited to): AMD FX-6300, Intel Core i5-4430, Intel Core i5-2320, AMD Ryzen 3 1200
16 GB of RAM
A gaming graphics card with at least 2GB of DEDICATED memory – Some examples (but not limited to): Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 @ 2 GB / GTX 1050 or ATI Radeon HD 7850 @ 2GB / AMD RX 550 or better
25 GB of free disk space (50 GB for all cars and tracks)
Microphone optional, required for voice chat
**Note that in order to get the full dirt visual experience on iRacing you will need a computer that is capable of running graphics shaders at medium to high settings. Please contact our support team email@example.com you have questions about your PC.
Of course, I don't want MINIMUM I want to enjoy this to the maximum installable into this existing motherboard. What should I do? THANK YOU!!!!!!
The main issue is that your 180W PSU is an HP proprietary unit. Unable to get the part #, as HP PartSurfer is down (can not search data base). The GTX 1050 might run on your 180W PSU, if the card does not have a PCIE power socket. (Some EVGA GTX1050 cards have a PCIE socket.).
PS<> Your CPU chip is more than adequate. Once a card is installed, the onboard graphics is turned-off.
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