Will upgrading to a GeForce GT520 allow me to play video games at high graphics settings?

by on November 18, 2011

Q: Will this graphics card work with my PC and a few other noobish questions…


I’m looking to upgrade the graphics and possibly the RAM for my PC if it’s necessary. I was wondering if anyone could help me.

I have a Giga-byte GA-X58A-UD3R motherboard and I’m currently using a GeForce 250 GTS graphics card. This enables me to use most high-end games at about medium graphics quality and I’d like to up the ante. I was looking specifically at getting this card:

Prophecy.co.za – Club3D GeForce GT520 1GB GDDR3 64-bit PCI-E x16

Will it work? Is there a better option? I don’t want to go too mad with money, so I’m being fairly conservative.

Secondly, I’m using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. I have an i7 3.06Ghz processor and am currently running with 4GB of DDR3-1333. I want to play the latest games with pretty decent graphics. Do I need to upgrade my RAM too?

If I do, I was looking at this:

Prophecy.co.za – Kingston KHX14900D3K3/3GX Hyper-X 3x1GB DDR3-1866 1.5v CL9 Desktop

Any advice anyone can give would be most appreciated.


2 Responses to “Will upgrading to a GeForce GT520 allow me to play video games at high graphics settings?”
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    Buying the GT 520 would actually be a serious downgrade. It’s only about 1/3 the speed of your current card.

    Use this site to get a basic comparison/benchmark between different video card chips. http://www.videocardbenchmark.net

    If you want to take things up a notch, you’ll want to save up for at least a GeForce GTX 560 or better.

    I wouldn’t worry about RAM.


    Hi AmmortalZA

    Paul from Prophecy here – Mark has it right, unfortunately the GT520 would be quite a bit downgrade from your current card 🙁

    Based on your requirement of playing “Games at high graphics settings”, and considering your CPU and Memory you have at the moment, I would go for something like a GTX460 / GTX560 on the nVidia side, or a HD6870 / HD6950 on the ATI side, depending on what your budget can spread to.

    In terms of memory, it’s not nescessary to upgrade. But, when you do upgrade, aim to end up with a triple channel setup – eg 3x4gb modules, or 3x2gb modules. Your motherboard supports triple channel, and will perform much better in a triple channel configuration.

    Hope that answers your questions!