Computer Questions [Update]

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Update: Thanks for all of the great answers. I appreciate your taking the time. I’m sorry I can’t reply to all of you. Now, to formulate a path forward. Keep being awesome, Oppo.


My son is getting upset because he’s playing some new game (Apex Legends, I think) with his friend online and he says it’s laggy (I know, all gamers blame the lag). He came to me this morning and said that he needs a new graphics card, probably because it’s the one his friend has, and his friend has a badass homebuilt computer. Right now, my son’s computer (Dell Optiplex 790, Intel Core i7 3.4 GHz, 8GB of RAM, Win 7) has an Nvidia Ge Force GT 710, which I purchased as an upgrade when I bought the computers a couple years ago. The one he wants is an Nvidia Ge Force GTX 1080. I have no idea if a higher number really makes any difference here, or if he would even notice it with the computer the way it is, or if it would even work with his computer. He is convinced that his problems are with the hardware and not the server, but I don’t know if there’s any way to be sure.


Since both his and his brother’s identical computers are still running Win 7, on the advice of counsel I have purchased two new 2TB HDs that I plan to install and get up to Win 10. Those arrive on Friday. I am also going to get a connector so I can hook up the old HDs externally if needed. Those connectors won’t be here for about three weeks. As it stands now, his original 500GB HD was maxed out, and I managed to clear out about 50GB of headroom. That alone might make a big difference.

The computer has four slots for RAM, two of which are used for a total of 8GB. It will accept up to 16GB total.


• Does it make any sense to upgrade the video card in this machine?

• Should I look into getting more RAM?

• Is it possible to mount two drives in the case, and be able to boot from either one? That might make the whole thing more workable until that connector arrives.


Thanks. I’m not crazy about spending all this money, but his PC is pretty much his life right now, since it’s where he hangs out with his friends.

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