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Can I upgrade my graphics card?

Hey people.

I recently bought a "bargain" pc, just over $400.

This is my exact system, which is rather sad, I know now.

I sent an email to Emachines, and was told I COULD upgrade my graphics card. Now, this is coming from Emachines themselves.. yet... I see no extra slots for a graphics card. In fact, its such a small case there is hardly enough room for what is there.

Was this Emachines guy pulling my leg? I did give him my model/serial number, so he knows exactly what I have.This is what puzzles me.

Thanks for the help. =)

p.s. This is part of the email I got in response to my original:

"Thank you for contacting eMachines. I’ll be happy to assist you.

I understand that you would like to upgrade the graphic card of your computer.

Todd, you can upgrade the graphic card of your computer. Please purchase graphic cards that are compatible with the PCI Express ×1 slot on the Motherboard of your computer."

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  • Haydun Feb 15, 2009

    Wow! Fast replies, thanks!

    Here is my pc..

    I did just receive a diagram from emachines, it IS pretty small.

    Any thoughts on how this upgrade would be, as far as games go? I added another gb , total is only 2 gigs, maxed.

    I have a feeling I wasted my money on a pc that was designed for the "basic user". =/

  • Haydun Feb 15, 2009

    Ah, so Nvidia doesn't make one that would fit my pc. damn.

    Guess I'll just save up, and until then... figure out how to squeeze as much out of this tiny thing as possible.

  • Haydun Feb 15, 2009

    Could someone tell me if this would approve anything?

  • Haydun Feb 16, 2009

    Me again , sorry. Could someone please tell me if this graphics card would make much of a difference?

    My (****) factory pc specs:

    Now this what I am asking about:

    Thanks again=)

  • Haydun Feb 16, 2009

    You did look at the card I posted? It looked to be an ok card, especially for that price.

  • Haydun Feb 17, 2009

    anyone just reading this, I found a pretty good system, $360 .

    Still unsure about this. =/



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They do sell pci express 1x slot video cards, is it really much of an upgrade?? no
however here ya go

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  • fixemmaster Feb 15, 2009

    yes the matrox would give you a path for a video card however the nvidia is better at gaming than the matrox, and yes your fears of having bought a BASIC USER pc are your own if you want a gaming system...much more rewarding

  • fixemmaster Feb 17, 2009

    The card you posted would definitely be an improvement, however again like i said before, it would be such a minimal improvement that i think your money would be better spent saving for a new case+motherboard+video card. your cpu,hard drive,optical drive and windows license should all be moveable to your new pc, just get a decent case with a power supply, appx 85-95 dollars, a good mid range card, i think best buy has 9800gt's right now for lets say 189 dollars and a decent am2 mother board, i think you can even get an older 650 sli for about 159 dollars

    examples 179$ 9800gtx 129$ asus am2 board 89.99$ cooler master case with power supply, at that point you have invested your money wisely and have a system to be proud of


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You could tell us you model number or look it up yourself on the e-machine website(Link provided below).  I do know that the PCIe x1 slot is only about an inch long. Maybe that is why you didn't see it?

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  • Thomas F. Schneider Feb 16, 2009

    I personally think you would be wasting your money on a PCIe 1 card. Thier aren't thaqt many available and even if they are they ae extremely limited by the band width. Just my thoughts. Amost all of the newer machines use a PCIe16 slot and even the old standard of the AGP advance graphics port was an emprovment over the regular PCI slot. Sorry.

  • Thomas F. Schneider Feb 16, 2009

    The card does seem to be a good card and no one faults you for trying. It is of, of course , better that what you have, for sure.  My only consern was that you wished to play games and if you look at the minium requirments for most games these days i do not think that card would qualitify at 400 mhz and 256 ram. It would work on some games. I am not a gamer so,i can not say for sure. I decision is all yours. Go for it if you wish. It can't hurt it .



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