Question about Acer Aspire E1-521-0851 - 15.6" - E1-1200 - Windows 8 64-Bit - 4 Gb Ram -
My son would like to play minecraft but the existing integrated graphics card is not powerful enough
As a certified technician since the late '80s I've never seen a portable (laptop) computer that could be upgraded excepting hard drive and memory upgrades (short of purchasing a new system board from the manufacturer - cost prohibitive). IMHO that is the single biggest shortcoming for portables. That issue also applies to many name brand desktop machines too. Only the top end (gaming) machines have the better GPUs. I've worked on only a few Acer machines; but, it's highly unlikely it's GPU can be upgraded. To determine your machines exact system information go to acer.com at the below link. Enter your SNID (located on bottom of your machine).
If you want a machine that is upgradeable instead of just replaceable consider manufacturers such as ASUS
The hardware requirements for Minecraft can be found at the other link below.
All that being said, a memory upgrade to 8GB (if your machine will accept it - see System Requirements link) might get you some performance boost.
Sorry I didn't have better news for ya.
In His Grace
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Posted on Mar 30, 2015
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