I am a complete novice to upgrading computers, but I would like for my computer to handle the demands of games that will be coming out for the next few years at least.
I have been told that my current graphics card is "low-profile", and that there should be no reason for that. Is there? Im getting swamped trying to learn all I can before I commit to buying an upgraded part.
In case its required, my specs are:
Operating System: Windows 10 Home 64-bit (10.0, Build 15063) (15063.rs2_release.170317-1834) Language: English (Regional Setting: English) System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard System Model: 500-000a BIOS: 8.15 Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 CPU @ 3.40GHz (8 CPUs), ~3.4GHz Memory: 8192MB RAM Available OS Memory: 8148MB RAM
The only way to see if a low profile graphics card is the limiting factor is to remove the PC's side panel and have a look inside.
Your PC shipped with Windows 8 with a BIOS version 8.15 which means you have a UEFI BIOS. This BIOS version will support current graphics cards such as Nvidia 700, 900, and 1000 series cards.
You will have to take some measurments:
1. Prospective graphics card length and available length in your PC..
2. Replacement power supply length. You have a 300 watt power supply. This will have to be replaced. The new PS will have the necessary six and eight pin supplemental connections needed for the new graphics card.
High end graphics cards are usually dual slot. So you have to make sure you can install a dual slot card by being able to remove an adjacent backplate.
Be aware the current CPU and RAM installed in your PC may be limiting factors when running more demanding games.