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Wannabe Geek

#268221 6-Mar-2020 09:55
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Hi All,


Four years ago I posted this in another thread:


Hi All,I need to give my 5 year old rig a refresh, before thinking about a new build. I am hoping to finally get around to The Witcher 3 (yes, I am that far behind), and maybe No Mans Sky when that is released. It is an i7 2600K 3.4GHz, two Corsair 4GB DDR3-1600, Intel 80GB SSD for the OS (still running Windows 7, may upgrade to 10 soon), and an AMD HD6970 2GB OC on a Gigabyte Z68Z board.  These are all fairly out of date, but I'm guessing the bottleneck here is the GPU?  I was thinking about dropping in an AMD R9 380 4GB card - will this get me through? Appreciate any thoughts or advice!


Reader; I never got around to the suggested upgrade. I stuck to PS4 gaming because it was on my large TV & surround sound in the lounge.


My now 9 year old(!) rig still runs well - I've currently fired it up to mess around with 3D printing. Most of the programs I use run well enough, but I wanted to try one for automatic support generation - called Prusa Slicer - and the program won't even start.


My suspicion is that it can't work properly with my antiquated graphics drivers - which I can't update with my now legacy GPU.  So my question is this; what current card do you think I could upgrade to allow me to use this software, without having to upgrade everything else?


As always, advice appreciated!

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Master Geek

  #2433572 6-Mar-2020 11:11
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try the integrated intel graphics? seems like that software doesn't need much in the way of GPU power.

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Ultimate Geek

  #2433574 6-Mar-2020 11:13
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A lot of older graphics cards were notorious for poor OpenGL drivers on Windows. Intel graphics suggested above seems like a good option to try.


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Ultimate Geek

  #2433575 6-Mar-2020 11:14
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If Intel graphics doesn't do it, try Linux.

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Uber Geek


  #2433588 6-Mar-2020 11:50
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My rubbish old machine I use for CAD and slicing is an i5-6400 with onboard graphics and that slices fine - I uses Cura though. Haven't tired Slic3r.


Cura has presets for Prusa printers though, and will generate support etc.. Might be worth a punt?

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Wannabe Geek

  #2435454 10-Mar-2020 08:57
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Intel graphics is a good idea, I should try that as Prusa Slicer works fine on my work PC.




I'm actually only using Prusa Slicer for the auto-support function, which seems to do a more printable job than my current manual efforts with Chitubox - my printer is an AnyCubic Photon SLA. Might check check out Cura at some stage though.





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