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HTPC: Gaming Upgrade?

I have a low budget HTPC that I originally built in 2015 for streaming TV shows and movies online and also to use as a Blu-ray player (see specs below).

It was never intended to be a gaming machine, other than Minecraft or some of the old Valve titles like Portal and Team Fortress 2 (which are playable but the frame rate and resolution are not great).

My question is, would upgrading the GPU in this system be enough to improve its gaming performance?

If so, would anyone have a budget friendly recommendation for a GPU that would make a difference?

CPU (Integrated): Intel Celeron J1900 Bay Trail-D @ 1.99GHz
Motherboard: ASRock Q1900M
RAM: 8GB (2X4GB) G.SKILL DDR3 @ 666MH
GPU: 1024MB ATI AMD Radeon HD 5450 (XFX)
SSD (OS): Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5”
HDD (Storage): WD Blue 1TB 3.5” (WD10EZEX)
SATA PCIe Controller: Syba SD-SA2PEX-2IR
Power Supply: Antec VP 450
Optical Drive: LG Blu-ray Disc Rewriter (WH14NS40)
OS: Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Audio: AMD High Definition Audio

(Note: Optical drive is connected via the SATA PCIe controller.)
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I looked at three new GPU options and compared them to what I currently have installed (Radeon HD 5450) using UserBenchmark.com, then looked at the performance increase each option offers over the Radeon HD 5450.

If my system can handle it, a GTX 1650 seems like it would be a reasonable upgrade?

https://www.gigabyte.com/Graphics-Card/GV-N1650IXOC-4GD


AMD Radeon HD 5450
UserBenchmark Avg. Bench: 1.33%​

Nvidia GTX 1050
UserBenchmark Avg. Bench: 33.6​%
Performance Increase​: +25%​

Nvidia GTX 1050-Ti
UserBenchmark Avg. Bench: 38.2​%
Performance Increase​: +29​%

Nvidia GTX 1650
UserBenchmark Avg. Bench: 51.2​%
Performance Increase​: +38%​


Any other considerations I should be making before purchasing the GTX 1650?
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I looked at three new GPU options and compared them to what I currently have installed (Radeon HD 5450) using UserBenchmark.com, then looked at the performance increase each option offers over the Radeon HD 5450.

If my system can handle it, a GTX 1650 seems like it would be a reasonable upgrade?

http://https://www.gigabyte.com/Grap...-N1650IXOC-4GD


AMD Radeon HD 5450
UserBenchmark Avg. Bench: 1.33%​
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Nvidia GTX 1050
UserBenchmark Avg. Bench: 33.6​%
Performance Increase​: +25%​

Nvidia GTX 1050-Ti
UserBenchmark Avg. Bench: 38.2​%
Performance Increase​: +29​%

Nvidia GTX 1650
UserBenchmark Avg. Bench: 51.2​%
Performance Increase​: +38%​


Any other considerations I should be making before purchasing the GTX 1650?
Just remember your GPU and CPU work together to achieve frames per second. You need to look up cpu charts that will give you best advice to pair your current cpu with GPU. I have never heard of your cpu but if you go to guru3d there will be suggestions for you. CPU bottleneck is real. I have experienced it myself in the past.
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If you upgrade the GPU, the CPU will quickly become the bottleneck and may be already. You'd really want a new platform with a new CPU to pair with a higher end CPU.

Your current configuration, if you got a higher end GPU, you'd be starving it of instructions because your CPU cannot keep up.
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That CPU needs to be upgraded first. It doesn't have enough horsepower to feed a hungry modern GPU.
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